"This is the oldest fort in Brazil. "  

How to arrive: from São Paulo, by the Ancheita-Imigrantes traffic system until the Piaçaguera highway. After the traffic police station, SP-055 highway begins, then it is 25 km more until the interchange. Another alternative is by Moji-Bertioga highway that ends in Rio-Santos highway. Coming from Guarujá, one will need to take a 5 minute ferry. 

"There is a nice canal to sail."  

When the Portuguese arrived here, they found the Tupi Indians, that called the area "Buriquioca" (home of big monkeys). The settlement began in 1530 founded by  Martin Afonso de Souza. 

"You may bring your skateboard"

Bertioga has 33100 meters of beach, these are some:: 

Enseada (Bay): it has12 km of extension including the passage known as Indaía. It is the most crowded, for being close to the commercial center of the city. 

São Lourenço: more or less 5,5 km of beach, with good waves for surfing. 

"People come by ferry from Guarujá"  

Itaguaré: in Tupi, it means "stone of the herons". It is 2,9 km in extension, with a wide strip of hard sand. The right side is good for surfing. 

Guaratuba: for the Indians, it means "place where the jaguar comes to drink water". The mouth of Guaratuba river is to the north of it. It is 8 km in extension. 

"The waves here are perfect, with little crowd."  

Boracéia: it has 4,7 km and it means "place of a lot of people". It is next to São Sebastião. It has kiosks where one can eat a simple meal for lunch. There is an indigenous village, 1500 meters away from the beach.     

Forte São João (Saint John Fort): built by the Portuguese in 1532 for the defense of the area, it is the oldest fortress in Brazil. It was from this monument that the ships left to  expel the French from Rio de Janeiro and subsequent foundation of this, city in 1565. It is located in Canal de Bertioga (Bertioga Canal) 

"See ya! "  


Main Distances   

São Paulo

123 Km


30 Km

São Sebastião

100 Km

Rio de Janeiro

510 Km


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1 In August they celebrate Festa do Camarão na Moranga (Shrimp in the Pumpkin Festivity) that maybe is the best dish in the whole world. Translator note: Camarão na moranga is a typical dish, with the shrimp being cooked inside the pumpkin, with a lot of sauce. 

2. If coming from Guarujá, take a raft, to a 5 minutes trip. But in the summer a lot of people do the same.  So, expect a long line. 

3. Near the interchange inn the entrance of the city, there is a famous somosa.  You must stop and give it a try. 

4. Visit Forte São João. It is Brazil's oldest fort. 

5. Visit, in Santo Amaro Island, Prainha Branca (white beach). Nice waves there. 

6. If you skate, there is a skateboard free park in front of the beach. 

7. You should also sail in Itaguaré river's swamps. 

8. There is a trail called Garganta do Gigante (Throat of the Giant). It is a tough track of 18 km that passes observatory decks, natural swimming pools and steep ascents. When it rains the trail becomes very difficult. 

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