- From São Paulo on Litorânea bus company, departing from Tietê Bus Terminal. R$34.60, 3 hours.
- From São José dos Campos on Litorânea from the main bus terminal. R$19.30. Hourly departures.
- From Ubatuba and São Sebastião on Litorãnea or Praiamar bus lines, from the main bus terminal or any bus stop along the way.
- Tamoios Highway (Rodovia dos Tamoios) - Connects to São José dos Campos to the north.
- BR-101 passes through town, connecting it to Ubatuba and São Sebastião.
Dr. Candido Motta Square
The Praça Dr. Candido Motta is the site of several historical monuments, big and small, which are protected by municipal law.
Imperial PalmsIn 1941, with the completion of construction of the primary school, at the request of then-Mayor Braulio Pereira Barreto, two Imperial Palms were planted in the grounds of the former School Group, whose building today houses the Pólo Cultural Adaly Coelho Passos. There are only one palm tree hw, which measures more than 20 meters high, and is appreciated by the passerby. The other, located on the street corner with Paul Harris street, fell in March 2010, due to strong winds on two consecutive days, which according to official sources, reached 120 km/h.
Church of St. AnthonyBegan as a chapel in the 17th century. Since then, it has been elevated to the category of parish church and has been continually upgraded.
Obelisk - TapThis obelisk commemorates the start of a new phase of sanitation in Caraguatatuba, with distribution of piped water, though untreated, which was inaugurated by the President of the State of São Paulo, Altino Arantes, in 1919.
1st Centennial Monument - SundialThe monument was part of the celebrations of the first centenary of the city. Commissioned to engineer Accacio Villalva, in 1957. It's another obelisk, with a needle-shaped base, measuring three meters high, fitted with a sundial.
BandstandThe first bandstand was built in the 1930s by Dona Belmira Nepomuceno. The small square needed a space for presentations of popular festivities. In 1971, the management of the then Mayor Silvio Luiz dos Santos, the old bandstand was demolished and replaced by a new one. In 2005 it was again renovated, gaining a new look. Every reform aimed to preserve one of the most important historical sites of the city that for decades has been the meeting place of the community, where there are many cultural events such as the presentation of the Municipal Band Carlos Gomes.
Musical Luminous FountainInaugurated in the 1960s, by then Mayor Geraldo Nogueira da Silva.
- Calçadão - This quaint brick-paved pedestrian mall in the center of town serves as the local meeting place and makes for a pleasant stroll.
Santo Antônio Hilladdress: Rio-Santos highway, towards UbatubaWith 325 meters high, the hill offers a privileged view of the entire watefront of Caraguatatuba and São Sebastião, in addition to much of Ilhabela. There is a flight deck for those jumping and hang gliding and paragliding. It's one of the most appreciated sites by those who practice free flight. Access to the site is monitored on a checkpoint that sits on top of the climb. The number of cars is restricted, only 18 vehicles can climb at a time and stay is only 15 minutes. Therefore, many visitors prefer to leave the car and walk up. The walk should always be done in groups.
Serra do Mar Forest Park
BeachesFrom north to south:
Martim de Sá Beach
Pan Brasil Beach
Praia das Flecheira
Porto Novo Beach
Caraguá a Gosto
Mullet FestivalNo, not that kind of mullet - this food festival celebrates the flavors of the fish known as tainha, or in English, "mullet".
Crafts Fairaddress: Praça Diogenes Ribeiro de Lima
address: Rua Antonio Roberto de Almeida n85 - Prainha
Parodi Pizza Baraddress: Rua Antônio Roberto de Almeida 484 - PrainhaPizza from a wood-burning oven and Brazilian pop music.
phone: +55 12 3882-2133address: Av. Dr. Arthur Costa Filho, 615 - Centro
phone: +55 12 3882-6008address: Av. Ipiranga, 151
phone: +55 12 3884-2998address: Rua Thomaz Totti, 95
phone: +55 12 3882-5559address: Av. Presidente Castelo Branco, 129 - Centro
Caraguatatuba has a poor reputation as the most violent city of the São Paulo coast. In reality, murders in the city are mostly related to drug trafficking, and for the ordinary tourist, Caraguatatuba is relatively safe, actually safer than the core Baixada Santista cities (Santos, Guarujá and São Vicente).
Yet, the city offers certain risks for the visitor. Avoid walking during the night, including the beach, except in well-lit areas with other people in the streets. For example, during the evening you can visit the crafts fair in the city center, which stays open until late in high season. When renting a summer house, check the security of the area and security devices, as groups of armed criminals are known to assault summer houses (if you have doubt, stay in a hotel). Never venture into lower-class neighborhoods, not even during the day.