Ilha Grande, Brazil

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Sitting just out to sea off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro is the perfect island of Ilha Grande. Small, secluded and mostly undeveloped, this stunning speck of land really is the ultimate tropical paradise, and boasts some of the most picturesque beaches you're ever likely to see.

Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by a very small yet cheerful town, where you'll find a few fantastic restaurants serving up the catch of the day (most of which has only been out of the water for a couple of hours, courtesy of the local fishermen), as well as some great beachside bars and other amenities. Tour companies offer everything from kayaking to scuba diving, so if you're looking for adventure then you will be spoilt for choice.

Other than this little village, Ilha Grande is totally deserted and completely car free, which means the only way to access the beaches is by walking through the jungle or by taking a boat round the coast. As a result, you'll find most of the beaches to be deserted, which helps to create the ultimate desert island atmosphere.

Be sure to visit Lopez Mendes beach, which is not only among the most beautiful in the world, but also offers some of the best surf on the planet.

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