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Sailing holidays in Brazil

Sailing holidays in Brazil

The Ultimate Guide to Brazil Yacht Charters


A sailing guide that has everything you need to know about your next yacht charter in Brazil.

Derived from the Portuguese word “Brasa,” meaning “glow,” Brazil is named for its trees and the stunning red ember color timber and pigment that they produce; and after your yacht charter Brazil, you too will certainly be glowing! 

You’ll feel renewed as you enjoy the beautiful blue waters, relax on deck, and bask under the sun.

Want to know more? Keep reading…

If you are familiar with Brazil and want to look at boat options for your next yacht charter, then skip to:  Request a Tailor-made Quote

Sailing Brazil...at a glance

Brazil is the perfect sailing destination for adventurous travellers, as there’s an abundance of outdoorsy activities like hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and diving.

Ilha Grande is one of the most famous diving spots because of its incredible biodiversity.

While sailing Brazil, you can enjoy 62 national parks, which make Brazil the most species-rich country in the world.

You can also easily transition from uncovering Brazil’s ecological treasures to discovering its unique history.

With a culture that dates back to the Mayans, the Incas, and the Guarani, with a strong European influence, Brazil will have plenty for history buffs to enjoy.

Go see the historical sites, like the Holy Trinity Church, the Aquidaba Monument, or Leme’s Fort.

Other notable stops along this itinerary include, Abraão, Enseada de Palmas, Freguesia do Santana, Enseada do Pouso and Mamanguá.

Best time to charter a yacht in Brazil & climate

While Angra dos Reis is a year-round destination, the best time of year for your yacht charter Brazil is between April and May or September through the beginning of November. 

This period has average temperatures of around 23°C, with highs being around 30°C and lows being around 18°C.

Brazil’s rainy season runs from November through March and the coolest temperatures can be found between June and August, during the Southern hemisphere’s winter months.  

For sailing Brazil, you’ll find conditions to generally be very pleasant, quiet and consistent. 

Winds come from the east and southeast, ranging from 8-14 knots, and tend to pick up in the afternoon. The sea is relatively calm, without any strong currents, and the tidal range can reach up to 4ft.  


Where to start sailing Brazil & how to get there

To begin your sailing holiday in Brazil, you should fly into the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio. The airport is a mere 160 kilometer away, or two hour drive away.

From Rio, you can get to Angra dos Reis by bus, or by car. 

The bus will take you from Rio, right up to the main entrance of the marina. If you take the bus, it is important to inform the driver in advance that you need to get off at the marina bus stop. You can find schedules and buy tickets at Costa Verde Transporte

For car transportation, speak with your Charter broker and they will help you arrange your transfer. Yacht4Less has access to cars that carry up to 4 travellers, and vans that can hold up to 10 travellers. It is not recommended to rent a car in Brazil. 

Transfer time from Tom Jobim International Airport to base: 2 hours

Brazil Boating Holiday Tips

Currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real. Note that for exchanges of over $3,000 USD, you will need proof of why you are exchanging the money. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted around Brazil, so you should be able to use them in most places.

For British, Canadian, Australian, American and EU nationals to enter Brazil they must have a valid passport for six months from the data of entry, return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds for their visit.

Canadian, Australian, and American travellers must obtain a visa. However, no visa is needed for British and EU travellers if stays are under 90 days. If you are unclear on any visa requirements, please ask your charter broker, or contact your local Brazilian Consulate or Embassy. 

For all foreign travellers, there is a stamped immigration form given upon arrival. Please hold on to this for the duration of your trip. You will need to present it in order to leave the country. If the form is lost, you will have to get clearance from the federal police to leave, as well as pay a fine.

Ready to rent a boat in Brazil?  Request a Tailor-made Quote

Recommended 7-day Sailing Itinerary in Brazil

⚓ Day 1. Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande (12NM)

⚓ Day 2. López Méndez Beach (11NM)

⚓ Day 3. Avantureiro (22NM)

⚓ Day 4. Paraty (21NM)

⚓ Day 5. Araçatiba (22NM)

⚓ Day 6.  Angra dos Reis (10NM)

⚓ Day 7. Check out

Prices: How much does it cost to charter a yacht in Brazil?

It depends. For example, the most important ones are the type of boat you will choose and whether you require a professional crew on board (e.g. skipper, hostess or cook). So, as you can see, there are many factors that can shape a price for a boat rental.

Check our full guide about yacht charter cost and how you can save much money in your next sailing holidays.


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