The 21-island archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, located 219 miles off Brazil's Atlantic coast, is arguably the most beautiful island chain in South America. Upon reaching the islands in 1503, Amerigo Vespucci wrote, "Here is paradise."
Fernando de Noronha is an excellent dive location; the islands are protected as a national marine park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Water temperatures average 80° and visibility can reach 165 feet. Hundreds of fish species, two species of sea turtle, spinner dolphins and sharks can be observed among shipwrecks and coral reefs. The islands are also known for their surf; from December to March, swell heights can reach 15 feet.
The islands themselves are tiny; the largest has an area of only eleven-square miles. Dune buggies and bicycles are the preferred methods for reaching the numerous beaches and coves. Abandoned forts—relics of Portuguese, French and Dutch occupation—also ring the main island.
The archipelago's climate is tropical; temperatures range from 70° to 85° year-round, with rainfall concentrated between January and August. From December to May, Green sea turtles hatch and scramble for the surf.
Accommodations on Fernando de Noronha range from simple bed-and-breakfasts to small but luxurious pousadas. Reservations should be made well in advance, especially for the December through March peak season. No more than 420 visitors are allowed on the islands at any one time.
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