The hostel we stayed in, Che Lagarto, was fantastic. It was always busy and atmospheric, they put on good dinners at an equally good price, and there was a never-ending supply of caipirinhas.
As we were on the coast, we took advantage of being beach-side and mostly spent our time lying on the beach, eating, and drinking. There are lots of other beaches aound Paraty where you can go for day trips etc, but having had enough of buses for a while, we were more than happy with one of the local beaches - Jabaquara - with its idyllic view and bath-like water. There are also a number of beach bars, one of which we made the mistake of eating at the first day - but purely because of the price. The shack was run by a crazy Frenchman, who, with no menu to speak of, declared that we could have ´whatever we wanted´. We settled on spaghetti carbonara, which after a row in the kitchen with the chef over the ´proper´way to do it, came out French-style with the egg still intact. It was delicious, but what we thought was going to be cheap beach food was not, and so came our first realisation that Paraty is actually pretty expensive - at least for backpackers. Having said that, there are a few good quality, and reasonably priced, restaurants in the town, although most seemed to be out of our budget - good job the food in the hostel was so good or it would have been packet noodles all week!
|One of the (smaller) waterfalls|