During the colonial times Trindade
was the port used by the pirates to attack the shipping of Paraty. The present residents still talk of legends of lost treasure and chests full of gold. During the sixties the spot was discovered by the hippies and, bit by bit, its fame spread. Even today Trindade is a place where you fine bars with names like "A morte da Larica" (the death of Laurica) and traffic signs that say "horse-carts prohibited".
The natural beauty of the area was discovered by the tourist in the nineties. The old fishing village is full of quaint inns, small bars and restaurants today and the old picturesque landscape has given way to a busy area full of night life, music and beach parties. The oldest inhabitants sadly says that Trinidad has lost its charm, but the pace still has a lot of nature and dazzle...
Cepilho: The first beach you pass upon entering. This is where the surfers meet to take advantage of the waves that reach 4 meters!
Praia dos Ranchos (or Fora): This is the main beach in front of the village. Most of the bars and restaurants frequented by the tourist are located here. Almost all of the nightlife of the area is concentrated here and it is always lively during holidays and in the high season.
Praia do Meio: Its calm waters and beach bars attract tourists to this spirited beach. A rocky formation in the middle of the beach is a excellent place to appreciate the view, see the waves bursting against the shore and to contemplate life...
Praia do Caixadaço: For those that want to flee of the agitation of Trinidad this is the place. The white sand beach is well preserved and it doesn't have kiosks, bars nor restaurants. Be advised: in spite of the clean inviting waters, the sea can have undertows and hidden marine currents. Ask the locals for current information before entering the water.
Praia dos Pelados: The name really means naked beach. It is a small beach with calm waters where nudism is allowed. The access is via the trail that leads to the pools of Caixadaço.
Piscina do Caixadaço:
Here enormous stones of volcanic origin enclose the sea forming a pool of calm and crystalline waters. It is worthwhile to take a diving mask to enjoy the schools of colorful fish and to explore the underwater world.
How to Get There
By car: follow the Rio-Santos road in the direction of São Paulo and take the turnoff for Laranjeiras. The road to Trindade is easy to see and has recently been paved.
By bus: bus line1040 that goes to Laranjeiras stops at "Alto da Trindade", from there it is only a 5km descent of paved road .Try hitching a ride! With good reason this stretch is called "The Hill of God Spare Me".
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