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Caraguatatuba is a beach town in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. It is often referred to as simply Caraguá.


The city's name comes from the Tupi language and refers to the abundance of caraguatá, a spiny bromeliad native to the area. Caraguatatuba is the largest city on the São Paulo north shore and is a jetsetter of high society of São Paulo — in the summer the city becomes one of the biggest hotspots in the country with more than 1.5 million tourists. The urban area and farmlands are within the coastline and valley areas, while the majority of its northern bounds are heavily forested and few roads reach the area.

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By bus[edit]

  • From São Paulo on Litorânea bus company, departing from Tietê Bus Terminal. R$34.60, 3 hours.
  • From São José dos Campos on Litorânea from the main bus terminal. R$19.30. Hourly departures.
  • From Ubatuba and São Sebastião on Litorãnea or Praiamar bus lines, from the main bus terminal or any bus stop along the way.

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See[edit][add listing]

  • Calçadão - This quaint brick-paved pedestrian mall in the center of town serves as the local meeting place and makes for a pleasant stroll.
  • Santo Antônio Hill (Morro de Santo Antônio).  edit
  • Serra do Mar Forest Park (Parque Florestal da Serra do Mar).  edit

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Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Crafts Fair (Feira de Artesanato), Praça Diogenes Ribeiro de Lima.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bar do Japa, Rua Antonio Roberto de Almeida n85 - Prainha, [1].  edit
  • Parodi Pizza Bar, Rua Antônio Roberto de Almeida 484 - Prainha. Pizza from a wood-burning oven and Brazilian pop music.  edit

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Get out[edit]

Routes through Caraguatatuba
Rio de JaneiroUbatuba  N noframe S  São SebastiãoSantos

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