São Sebastião

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About São Sebastião

A little over 180 km from state capital, we find one of the most beautiful regions of Brazil, rich in beaches, forests, rivers, waterfalls and many other natural landscapes. Designing a real circuit of attractions, San Sebastian attracts visitors from around the country and became one of the most important national tourist poles.

San Sebastián is a municipality in the state of Sao Paulo, which is located on the northern coast of the state, more specifically in the micro Caraguatatuba. The estimated population in 2006 was 75,886 inhabitants, and the area is 403 square kilometers, resulting in a density of 162.47 inhabitants / km ².

Heat or cold? Beach or forest? Sport or relaxation? Here you will find the option that best fits with the station throughout the year. The important thing is being close to nature, the sea and could take the time to enjoy all that San Sebastian has to offer.

An infinity of paradisiacal places adds to the lush local vegetation, creating unique landscapes. There are over 30 beaches, waterfalls, trails, clear waters, natural formations and forests with easy access and great diversity of attractions.

Privileged areas naturally allow the practice of adventure sports, water sports or conventional. Good winds, areas rich nature and mix with excellent infrastructure and offer superb conditions for those seeking a healthier life.

San Sebastian also impresses its visitors the wide choice of fine cuisine and great service. All this provides a gastronomic tour that travels across the region and offers, besides the delicious food caiçara, the most sophisticated dishes of national and international cuisine.

What to do in São Sebastião

San Sebastian holds many lovely things for those who decide to know the city and to enjoy the natural beauties in Brazil. To begin with, who enjoys nothing better Maresias beach, one of the hottest of São Paulo, with its sand concorridíssima all year, enchants the tourists who pass by.

Starting from Maresias, it pays to know the different waterfalls hidden in the Litoral Paulista, leaving visitors with open mouth with such beauty. But if you are looking for more adrenaline then enjoy surfing the beautiful waves that form on the beaches of San Sebastian or, if you prefer, you can kayak with the family.

From the kayak, stop by the historic center of San Sebastian, which has many interesting things about the history of our country to relax, enjoy the many beaches that the area is like the Beach Calhetas, a fascinating place.

I left The Bar is also a lovely place that is worth visiting because it offers the tourist a day of leisure and rest sensational, worthy of a next visit.

And finally, the beach at Grand Tap-Tap is one of the most sought by also providing an incredible experience, because it isolated from the other beaches and allows you to rest in one of the most beautiful semi-deserted beaches of the Litoral Paulista.

Finally, be sure to know the gastronomical point of St. Sebastian, which has a large modern structure and gives you the most delicious menus.

When to Go to São Sebastião

In summer the beaches of Brazil are all busy and tends to gain a high number of tourists. The same happens in Maresias, one of the most frequented beaches in San Sebastian.

For part of the Paulista coast, a quiet and mild temperatures year round, you can enjoy any time of year to make your trip. However, for those who want tranquility, summer is not the most appropriate period, although it is warmer because the beaches fill with people and prices typically rise slightly more than normal.

The holiday months also receive many tourists, and usually coincide in the warmer seasons of the year. For those who like to shake, those are the best times, but more expensive.

Southeast Winter is a time shifting, so also it pays to plan your trip in other seasons than summer. By having a dry climate, the winter of San Sebastian is still, and in most cases, has a few rain showers.

Another time when the beach is well mixed in the carnival is, when many tourists seeking rest, and plenty of fresh water in the Brazilian summer.

For those who want to save, it is noteworthy that the times of holidays and festivals are the most expensive, but more agitated.

How to arrive in São Sebastião


Guarulhos Airport
Rod Helio Smidt, s / n
Tel: (11) 6445-2945

Congonhas Airport
Washigton Louis Av, s / n
Tel: (11) 5090-9000


Tel: 0300-115-2121

Tel: 4002-5700 (capital)

Tel: 4003-7000 (capital)


The road from Sao Paulo daily buses leave at different times. Four hours of travel. From the River, is seven hours away, with daily buses at different times.

Bus Terminal Tiete (Sao Paulo)
Tel: (11) 3235-0322

Bus Terminal Novo Rio (Rio de Janeiro)
Tel: (21) 2291-5151

Bus from San Sebastian
Pça Ver Venino Fernandes Moreira, Center
Tel (12) 3892-4340

Bus Companies

Coastal Transport Collective (Sao Paulo)
Tel: (11) 3775-3861

Traffic Reunidas Paulista (Sao Paulo)
Tel: 0300-210-3000

Traffic Net (in Rio de Janeiro)
Tel: (21) 3907-9000


Via Dutra or Ayrton Senna / Carvalho Pinto to Sao Jose dos Campos, highway Tamoios to Caraguatatuba and Rio-Santos highway (direction Santos) to San Sebastian.

Via Dutra or Ayrton Senna / Carvalho Pinto until Mogi Mogi das Cruzes and road-Bertioga Bertioga to the clover. From there, it takes the Rio-Santos (towards Rio de Janeiro).

Via Anchieta or Immigrants sense Guaruja. In Piaçaguera highway, take the start of the Rio-Santos highway to San Sebastian.

Make a Suitcase to São Sebastião

When traveling to San Sebastian you have in mind the climate of the Litoral Paulista is dry and warm, allowing you to abuse and very fresh and light clothing. The items that best match the beach are the fine mesh blouses, jeans or Tactel shorts, sandals and shoes for those looking to walk and ride lot on foot.

If you want to quit, knowing the clubs, bars and restaurants of San Sebastian at night, then take more casual pieces such as skirts, blouses social, pants and heels. The production is also due to the makeup and accessories that complete the look and allows you to rock.

Of course, for those traveling to the beach can not forget the bathing suits as bikinis, bathing suits, swimwear, sarongs, beach exits, hat and sunglasses, which help you protect your face from the sun. Speaking of protection, it is always good to remember the sunscreen, which takes care of your skin while you enjoy the beach. Another cool trick is the use of repellent, as St. Sebastian has several forests.

When it comes to money, we must be very careful and avoid pitfalls. Before traveling, research the sights of San Sebastian and at least most of them work with machines card. The card, besides being safer, helps in the transport, avoiding less fuss and calling the attention of thieves.

The camera is perhaps one of most items that no one forgets you ever wondered how to load it? Well, before traveling must pay attention to the voltage of the target. If it is contrary to their city and the unit is not bivolt, you must carry a power transformer.

Plan your trip well is to avoid any unforeseen issues.

History of São Sebastião

Before the Portuguese colonization, the region was occupied by Indians to the north and Tupinambás Tupiniquins south, and Sierra Boiçucanga, a natural border of tribal lands, which is 30 miles south of San Sebastian.

The Portuguese occupation occurs with the early history of Brazil, after the division of territory in Hereditary Captain. Unhate Diogo Diogo Dias, João de Abreu, Gonçalo Pedroso Francisco de Escobar Ortiz were sesmeiros who started the village, developing local agriculture to fishing.

 At this time the region had dozens of sugar cane plantations, which account for a greater economic development and characterization as a center for housing policy. This allowed for the political and administrative empowerment of St. Sebastian on March 16, 1636.

Economic development continues based on crops such as sugar cane, coffee, tobacco and whaling. The local port, large natural draft was used for the transport of goods by ships also used to transport gold from Minas Gerais, also for pirates to smugglers. In the mid-nineteenth century the region had farms where slaves produced 2,185 86,000 arrobas of coffee in 1854.

The economy sebastianense declines with the abolition of slavery and the opening of the Santos and Sao Paulo, which increased the output of goods through the port of Santos. It´s when they start to dominate the fishing and subsistence agriculture, with small plots of cassava, beans and corn, characteristics of communities caiçaras isolated even today.

In 40 years, deploys to port infrastructure and in the 60´s Pretrobras install Terminal Marítimo Almirante Barroso / TEBAR, capable of berthing vessels up to 400,000 tons. These factors have become critical to the resumption of economic development.

The "discovery" of St. Sebastian as a tourist destination occurs after the opening of the Rio-Santos highway in the late ´70s, giving the municipality an opportunity of development, now based on tourism. In a controlled manner and ecological tourism is now assumed by sebastianenses vocation as a way to move its economy.

Security of São Sebastião

When it comes to travel, just think about safety, because of this, the Municipality of San Sebastian, along with the state government of Sao Paulo has brought further improvements for residents and tourists. Being a tourist point of reference throughout the Country, unfolds the City to invest in safety and comfort for those going for San Sebastian.

The police ombudsman is well planned and is always ready to give any doubt clarification and help tourists and residents. Monitoring is also trained to always be prepared for emergencies.

In the case of firefighters and health workers, the city also seeks to invest and encourage more each day so that everything goes as planned, to attract more tourists and bring them back more often.

More still, a little help from us is always good is not it? So, follow some tips and help San Sebastian to continue being one of the icons in Brazil when it comes to security.

The first step we must take is about money. Upon leaving, to avoid leaving too much money and always give preference to the use of cards, both credit and debit cards. The card and a safer way to make purchases, because in case of loss or theft, you can block and prevent anyone from using it.

If you go to the beach or sightseeing and need to carry a backpack or bag, remember to always carry it in front of you, because it avoids the possibility of assaults without you realizing.

Always remember to contact the emergency in any embarrassing situation or danger.

Useful Phone Numbers of São Sebastião

Ambulance - 192
Fire - 193
Police - 190
Emergency - 192
Health Centre - 3892-6044
Hospital - 3892-1590
Information for tourists - 3892-1808
Help the phonebook - 0800-771-5102
Police Police - 3892-1411


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