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Getting There

By Car -- Itacaré is a great place to have your wheels. The roads are in great shape and most of the beaches are a short drive outside of the city. You can either rent a car in Itacaré or at the airport in Ilheus and drive the 64km (40 miles) north on your own. The BR-001 has recently been repaired and the drive takes you along a windy road through the beautiful Atlantic rainforest.

By Bus -- Rota (tel. 073/3251-2181) offers regular bus service between Ilheus and Itacaré. Buses go every hour, between 7am and 7pm. Tickets are R$7.

By Plane -- The nearest airport to Itacré is in Ilheus. There are daily flights by TAM (tel. 073/4002-5700) and Gol (tel. 0300/115-2121). From Ilheus it is 64km (40 miles) to Itacaré. Many pousadas can arrange transportation. Eco Trip (tel. 073/3251-2191; www.ecotrip.tur.br) also offers a private transfer service from the airport in Ilheus to Itacaré for R$120 for two people.

Renting a Car

Car rental costs approximately R$100 per day for unlimited mileage. For insurance add another R$30. If you are arriving in Ilheus, your best plan is to rent a car at the airport. All the major companies (plus some really obscure local ones) are represented here. Some are in the arrivals hall (Hertz tel. 073/3231-5042 and Localiza tel. 073/3231-8007) and a dozen more are out across the street from the airport. Prices are very similar so we recommend going with a well-known company that offers decent service.

Fast Facts

There is only a Bradesco bank machine in Itacaré in the Praça do Forum so it's wise to bring some extra cash in case it's down or doesn't accept your card. Most restaurants, hotels, and tour companies accept credit cards (MasterCard and Visa are most common). Internet cafes are everywhere, especially along the Rua Pedro Longo where you will find at least six cybercafes.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.