If you’re looking to get away from it all, Brazil has just the place: the tropical island of Boipeba. Getting there takes effort: your options are a four-hour odyssey by bus, ferry and speedboat or a flight in from El Salvador in a tiny plane, an experience that the New York Times referred to as “not for the tremulous.”
Once you’re there, though, the island will reward you with the kind of peace that comes from being someplace beautiful and remote, almost entirely shut away from the outside world.
Charles Levitan, who runs a guesthouse on the island, told the New York Times, “If you can’t live in the moment, this isn’t the place for you,If you need to constantly know the weather forecast, you might want to go somewhere else.”
Activities here include swimming, sunning, snorkeling and exploring a pristine patch of rainforest. Floating oyster bars let you enjoy two of the island’s greatest pleasures, fresh seafood and being out on the ocean, at the same time.
If this sounds like heaven, be forewarned: Now is the time to visit. There’s no guarantee that big developers will keep their claws out of this little chunk of paradise, a specter that haunts even the people who currently work in the island’s tourist industry. Tour boat operator Miguel Rosas Dos Santos told the New York Times, “If I could freeze the island just as it is now, that would be perfect. Everyone loves the money flowing, but too many tourists will ruin the place.”
To visit Boipeba, you’ll need a strong stomach (to withstand air- and seasickness), a valid passport and a Brazil visa. The last item may be the most noisome to attain; Brazil’s visa requirements are somewhat complex. See Brazilian Visa Requirements for Tourists for more information.
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