We arrived to find a hippy village with Bob Marley posters everywhere and dreadlocked locals mingling with tourists; it has a great vibe. The first beach we came to was lovely but overrun with the tourists straight from the bus so we followed a trail through Parque Nacional Serra da Bocaina in order to reach Caixa D'Aco beach, and Piscina Natural which are natural pools formed within a group of rocks. After a 30 minute hard walk through the jungle we reached Caixa D'Aco, most amazing secluded beach.
The walk along the beach is peaceful and quiet and you can spot tiny crabs scuttling around, in and out of their underground habitats. A further walk through the woodland and we found the natural pools complete with small striped fish swimming around the sunken rocks.
We happily floated in the blue waters for a while then dried off draped on the rocks under the glorious sunshine. The beach directly over the road from our hostel is nice but thick with silt from the estuary further along so it was so nice to be able to swim and relax in cleaner waters. Definitely worth the R$3.50 bus fare to get there!