"Gee, 70 kms of beach to run!!!"

The first tourist arrived at this island in 1502. He was an adventurous Portuguese who would have been expelled from Portugal by religious problems. His name was Cosme, more precisely, Cosme Fernandes, but he was known as "Bacharel" (Bachelor), because he was very intelligent. 

"Nice... "  

The local inhabitants, the Indians Tupis, arrested him at the tribe of Maratayama. He, in spite of having been taken by the Indians, flerted with the chief's daughter, marrying the girl and with that, he managed to become friend of the indians.  

"The kite-car (like kite-surf) is a traditional sport on the island."  

More or less 30 years later, another man, Martim Afonso of Souza, arrived at the island with his ships and many man. They invaded the island, founding the Town of Maratayama Some time later, a Spanish called Ruy arrived and built a fort to accomplish some works ... like the piracy and other wickedness, things that our friend Bachelor couldn't resist and got involved.   

"On the south of the island there are a lot of dunes".  

But in the 17th century, the Portuguese Crown divided the lands through its "Cartas de Sesmarias" and new towns emerged. In the beginning of the 20th century, "Vila das Pedrinhas" (Village of Stones) arose and the people began to live on the fishing and planting. And in 1987, Long Island was declared State Area of Environmental Protection (APA). 

"To arrive at the island it is necessary to take a ferry-boat. " 

Along the time the island was also called "Ilha do Mar" (Island of the Sea), "Ilha do Mar Pequeno" (Island of the Small Sea), "Ilha Grande da Costa do Mar" (Big Island of the Sea Coast), "Ilha do Candapuí" (Candapuí's Island) and "Ilha Bracna" (White Island). But the people came to the conclusion that the best name was "Ilha Comprida" (Long Island). You just have to look up at a map to understand it. 

"The main road is the beach."  

The island has approximately 74 kilometers of beaches, mangroves, woods, dunes and natural ponds and it is considered one of the last not polluted ecosystems of the brazillian coast. For its environmental importance, the United Nations for Education, Science and Culture Organization (Unesco) included it in the Planet's Biosphere Reservation.       

"The island is so long that it seems not to have an end"  

On the south end of "Boqueirão do Sul" there are several sandbanks and natural swimming pools. In the middle of the island, the last untouched dunes of the State of São Paulo, which are at approximately 34 km to the right of the "Boqueirão", towards the south.   

"There are some kiosks at the north of the island."  

Still at "boqueirão", there are the Grottos of Morretinho. They are at the high region of the Island, with 42 meters of height. They are completely different from the landscape pattern of the island. Close to it, there is also a lighthouse built by the Navy. In front of that lighthouse there is a village called "Vila Nova da Laje". This village is famous for being  haunted, because they say it's possible to hear children's convulsive cries on moonlit nights. Bull shit! 

"It's 70 kms of surf without crowd."  

"Mar Pequeno" (Small Sea) is the sea strip that is between the island and continent. It begins in Juréia and goes until Paranaguá (PR). That place is considered as the fifth larger nurseries of sea species of the world and it has 200 kms of extension on the coast. The navigation is only possible for small boats and motorboats.  


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1. The south side of the island is much better than the north one.   

2. The best way of going from a tip to the other of the island is by the beach. It's more than 70 kms of hard and smooth sand. It seems an American high-way and it's possible to drive at 160 km/h. 

3. If you will cross the island by the beach, check with the firemen or fishermen if the tide is low. If it is going up, is not advisable to cross the island, because in the middle of the island the strip of sand is much more narrow. 

4. Go for a boat trip at the Small Sea, it is very nice. 

5. If you have the time, it is worthwhile to know Cardoso's Island that is close to the south side. 

6. Gring your surf board, the island has more than 70km of "surf". 

7. There it is also excellent for the kite-surfing practice, sail-car, wind-surfing etc..., because starting from noon it winds a lot. 

8. At the north side, the access is by a bridge from Iguape, that collects toll and at the south side, the access is by a ferry-boat from Cananéia.  

9. "It is worthwhile to get to know it. The beach of Long Island is wonderful, just its  abundantly green flora. There are some cool campings, however the nightlife practically don't exist. I recommend... Kisses" tip from Angel 

10. "I agree on everything, but one little thing: in the summer there is a great nightlife at Boqueirão, with a lot of chicks, good music ... hugs" tip from Fábio Castro  

11. "Hi people, these are the last news: if you're going to the beach that is right at the exit of the dirt road (road that we take from the raft - Cananéia), then you'll have to leave the vehicle parked at the beach, in a parking especially done for cars that will stay there. But if you want to go to "Boqueirão", it's ok, just take the road to the left, and follow the road signs!!! Hugs.. "tip from Dyego Stuchi    

12. "It is not possible to drive at 160 km/h because there is a lot of children, since most of the tourists is families in search of peace.  "tip from Maurício

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