On our way back from our trip to Paraty, Rose and I checked into the Canto do Itamambuca, a nicely kept pousada about 500 metres from the beach and river.
The funny thing about the “500 metres” to the beach is that they don’t mention that you actually need to cross a river to get to access the beach, either by getting a small boat (paddled by one of the local boatmen) or wading/swimming across. Depending on the tide, the river can be ankle deep to neck deep, so you don’t really know what to expect. But after a few crossings you get used to it (unlike Australia, there are no nasties in the rivers around these parts – or so I was told).
The Canto is a nice place, with friendly staff, a nice pool and a decent breakfast, the only thing was that we were the only guests staying there (as it was low season after carnaval) so it lacked a bit of atmosphere.