Ilha Grande does not have a strong shopping trade and is therefore not a place for shopaholics. There are no glitzy shops, supermarkets and malls here; however, you can buy some handicrafts and clothes from small shops on the island. If you're looking for the usual array of shorts, t-shirts and swimsuits, one of these shops will do. For great designs and varied styles, head for the malls in Rio.
Fridge magnets, t-shirts and other knick-knacks at Vila do Abraão make good souvenirs for friends, though there's isn't really anything typical of Ilha Grande to take home.
Our Ilha Grande Shopping Guide below offers some general information about shopping in Ilha Grande and provides contact details for some of the islands best shops. Take a look at our Brazil Shopping Guide for some information about shopping in Brazil. One of the great things about any holiday is trying the local cuisine, so don't forget to check out our Ilha Grande restaurants options for some local tips about the best places to grab an authentic Brazilian meal.
Ilha Grande Shopping Guide
On the island there are 4 major villages. Abraão is the largest of all and offers a local infrastructure suitable for those seeking relaxation and harmony with nature. It is also the main gateway for tourism and the economic capital of IIha Grande. There, you will find some small shops selling local handicraft products and also products made out of the island. Other Ilha Grande souvenir options include hats, shirts, bags and the like.
In others villages, the shops are inside the inns because there is no established trade.
Sometimes it is possible to buy handicraft directly from the local people, though this greatly depends on whether or not you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time!