It's not easy to reach Santo Antonio - not even by boat - but is one of those places you shouldn't leave out when you make it to Ilha Grande, Brazil.
Isolated, rocky and deserted, it's the epitome of the rough, savage beauty South America is made of.
I spent over two hours there and didn't see a single soul - not that I complain though - but this situation may change during peak season (end of December to March). In any case, bring some mineral water, fruits or anything you'd like to eat with you. There is nothing there but nature.
And make sure you bring back your own rubbish as well. It will be safely disposed in the village. In fact, all garbage in Ilha Grande is collected and sent by boat to the continent for a proper treatment.
If you don't feel like it, or have the time to trek all the way from Abraćo to Lopes Mendes and then hike to reach it, there is a shortcut that will get you there faster, thus giving you more time to enjoy both beaches in the same day with less time on the road.
For a few Reais (Brazil currency) you can get a boat (1/2 hour ride) from Abraćo to Pouso/Mangues beach and then start the shortest possible trek to reach them both.
Follow the sign to Lopes Mendes (half an hour trek max. on Trilha 11) and keep an eye on the sign/trail branching off to the right. It will take you around 20 minutes to get to Santo Antonio.
Once you are ready to move on, just walk back to Trilha 11 and continue for a few more minutes to Lopes Mendes.
You can get a sandwich and a soft drink right on the beach if you didn't plan in advance.
As a word of caution, because this place can make you loose sense of time, give yourself half an hour to get the return boat to Abraćo.
Apart from a little bar/restaurant, there is no option to stay overnight at Pouso.
Enjoy the following pics as much as you can and please let us know if you have any questions...