Islands for Sale in Brazil

Updated: January, 2023

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While the true extent of Brazil’s island collection is still to be discovered, the majority of island properties available for purchase can be found on the South Atlantic coast – with particular densities in the archipelago regions of Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, and Florianópolis. 

Though there are no limitations placed on foreign citizens purchasing freehold land in Brazil, it is highly recommended that investors seek the services of a Brazilian real estate attorney. 

Land in Brazil is sold as either freehold or leasehold properties. The former grants the investor full ownership of the land and, the latter enters the purchasing party into a lease agreement of designated length. Contract renewal for leasehold islands is possible.

The weather in Brazil varies greatly between its states on account of its vast size. Typically, the climate can be described as tropical in the north and temperate in the south. As such, northern and central Brazil receives frequent rainfall and higher temperatures.

Private Islands for Sale in Brazil

Brazilian Private Islands in Numbers
Private islands for sale: 21
Average island size: 18.2 acres (~73,600 SQM)
Average island price: ~$2,000,000 USD
Median island square meter price: ~$54 USD
Last updated: January, 2023

1. Capítulo Island ($16,500,000)


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  • Location: State of Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis
  • Size: ~16 acres, ~6.5 hectares
  • Description: 1km from shore, ~1km northwest of Pousada Restaurante Costa do Sapê, ~4km west of Angra dos Reis Airport
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Ilha do Capítulo, translating to the Isle of the Chapter, is located in the Baía da Ribeira and features an impressive roster of developments: the island’s original home, a main house built for the landowner, two-floor VIP suites, two-floor beach suites, a leisure pavilion, several accommodations for the staff and caretakers, and a helipad. 

Capítulo’s premier home includes large living spaces, a remote-controlled air conditioning system, and a jacuzzi. The VIP suites and beach residences also feature jacuzzis. 

The leisure pavilion spans an excess of 300,000 square metres and comprises a games room, sauna, barbecue area, digital entertainment system, massage room, and a complete ensemble of living rooms. 

The island is also comprehensibly served by essential utilities.

Exceptional luxury in an area of exceptional natural beauty.

Ilha do Capítulo is listed for sale here

2. Santa Rosa and Maré Islands ($15,000,000)


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  • Location: Maranhão, Baía de São Marcos
  • Size: 16.8 acres, 6.8 hectares
  • Description: 800m from shore, ~7km west of São Luís
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Separated by little more than 150 metres of water, Ilha de Santa Rosa and Ilha da Maré are a pair of Brazilian islands that reflect the vibrancy and natural bounty of Brazil’s Maranhão state: verdant flora, peaceful shores, and abundant wildlife.

The two properties occupy space in the Mearim estuary and subsequently boast valuable proximity to the burgeoning metropolis of São Luís – the former comprises 13.64 acres of partially developed land, while the latter remains undeveloped and spans 3.13 acres.

The extent of Ilha de Santa Rosa’s development is an unfurnished, seven-bedroom residence that commands a beachfront position. The island receives internet coverage and also features an electricity generator – valuable foundations for future development.

Island Pair are listed for sale here

3. Sororoca Island ($12,500,000)


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  • Location: State of Rio de Janeiro
  • Size: 30 acres, 12.1 hectares
  • Description: 400m from shore, ~600m south of Conceição de Jacareí, ~47km west of Rio de Janeiro
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Located 120 kilometres west of Rio de Janeiro, Ilha da Sororoca first captures peoples’ imaginations due to its heart-like shape – the 30-acre property carves a distinct silhouette in the cerulean waters off Brazil’s coast. 

Yet, there is more than an intriguing appearance to be had here. The island finds itself a matter of kilometres from the recreation and tourist hub of Ilha Grande. Jetsetters and leisure-seekers flock to the locale in ever-growing numbers for its world-class dive sites and rainforested landscape.

Sororoca is a blank-slate property in a prime location.

Ilha da Sororoca is listed for sale here

4. Cavaco Island ($9,000,000)


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  • Location: State of Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis
  • Size: 2.59 acres, 1 hectare
  • Description: 1km from shore, ~5km east of Angra dos Reis, ~57km west of Rio de Janeiro
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Not only an exemplar of Angra dos Reis’ beauty, but Cavaco Island also boasts a complete roster of valuable real estate traits. 

The 2.59-acre property is naturally well-sheltered, features thick growths of indigenous vegetation, and has a private sand beach – Cavaco’s surrounding waters are also ideal for snorkelling and other leisure activities.

Considered a turnkey investment, Cavaco Island comprises a main house with two suites, a double bungalow with two suites, and five further cottages – sufficient for large family gatherings or rental purposes. 

The professionally-designed estate also includes a sauna, a tennis court, multiple swimming pools, utility infrastructure, a boat deck, a helipad, and interconnecting pathways. 

Cavaco is a property of exceptional pedigree.

Cavaco Island is listed for sale here

5. Bernado Island ($6,800,000)


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  • Location: State of Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis
  • Size: 21 acres, 8.5 hectares
  • Description: 2km from shore, ~26km west of Rio de Janeiro, 10km south of Vila Muriqui
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Bernado Island is one of Brazil’s finest. 

The property, accessible by both boat and helicopter, boasts valuable proximity to Rio de Janeiro and established development – a combination that primes it for commercial use. 

Bernado’s 21 acres contain housing developments and a restaurant business that operates on weekends. Furthermore, the property features beaches on its eastern and western flanks, a large boat pier, two helipads, and a church. These facilities could be adapted for use as a flourishing island resort. The price of the island also includes three boats. 

Prime real estate in Angra dos Reis is hard to come by.

Bernado Island is listed for sale here

6. Bonita Island ($3,500,000)


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  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Mangaratiba
  • Size: ~8 acres, ~20 hectares
  • Description: 400m from shore, ~21km west of Rio de Janeiro
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Located off the coast of Mangaratiba, just 60 kilometres from Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Bonita is a developed island primed for luxury living. The ~20-acre property comprises two primary homes that accommodate eight residents, three staff houses, a boat house, a full complement of modern utilities, and a helicopter landing area.

The first of Bonita’s main accommodations commands a raised position and subsequently enjoys panoramic ocean views. The second boasts a beachfront location and an adjacent dock. 

Each of the staff residences includes two bedrooms. One is designated for use by the island’s land keepers and its wildlife custodians, the remaining two are used to support the premier accommodations. 

The island provides the perfect setting for water sports, wildlife watching, and tropical relaxation.

Ilha Bonita is listed for sale here

7. Fazenda Cipo Island (€3,000,000 / $3,345,000)


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  • Location: State of Bahia, Rio Santarém River
  • Size: 25 acres, ~10 hectares
  • Description: 1km from shore, ~21km northwest of Barra Grande, ~103km southwest of Salvador
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Fazenda Cipo Island is located in Camamu Bay and spans 25 acres. The partially-developed property features over 3000 metres of beach frontage and an excess of 2000 coconut trees – the latter of which are the primary components in the production of dende oil. Two of Fazendo Cipo’s existing three homes are used for the oil’s fabrication.

The property also has an established pier for transit to and from the nearby mainland.

Fazendo Cipo’s value is derived from its proximity to tourist destinations – Boipeba, Barra Grande, Pratigi and Itacaré – and from offering leisure opportunities. The surrounding area is celebrated for its beaches, calm waters, diverse landscapes, rich culture, and abundant fauna.

Fazenda Cipo Island is listed for sale here

8. Maná Island ($2,500,000)


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  • Location: State of Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis
  • Size: 15.4 acres, 6.2 hectares
  • Description: 200m from shore, ~8km northwest of Angra dos Reis, ~69km west of Rio de Janeiro
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Maná Island, locally referred to as Ilha do Naná, is an exclusive property in the up-and-coming region of Angra Dos Reis. 

With a host of existing development, the island is primed for immediate leisure. Alongside a 120-square-metre main house, Maná features four waterfront bungalows, a caretaker’s accommodation, a covered dining area and bar adjacent to the bungalows, a stone-carved freshwater pool, landscaped lawns, a helipad, and solar power throughout. 

These high-grade facilities are the perfect accent to Maná’s natural profile – aquamarine waters, verdant vegetation, rocky outcroppings, panoramic views, and a benevolent climate.

Maná Island is listed for sale here

9. Aroeira Island ($2,130,000)


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  • Location: Angra dos Reis, Lagoa Azul
  • Size: 2.7 acres, 1 hectare
  • Description: 2km from shore, ~10km southeast of Angra dos Reis, ~55km west of Rio de Janerio
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Brazil’s Ilha Aroeira is a forested expanse 180 kilometres from Rio de Janeiro – a premier location for outdoor activities, including hiking and water sports. This island surpasses itself as a private gateway to Ilha Aroeira and the surrounding coastlines. 

While spanning just 2.7 acres, the property features a three-bedroom prefabricated home, a pergola with a barbecue area, a mooring dock, an electrical generator, and drinking water. The island has also been approved for an expansion project. 

A premier real estate opportunity in a prime location.

Aroeira Island is listed for sale here

10. Penedo’s Peninsula and Island ($2,000,000)


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  • Location: State of Bahia, Caravelas
  • Size: 678 acres, 274 hectare
  • Description: 300m from shore, ~2km west of Caravelas City
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The Penedo’s Island and peninsula combine for an impressive 678 acres in the far south of Brazil’s Bahia state. Seen as a gateway to the Abrolhos Marine National Park, the area boasts one of the most biodiverse environments in South America – migrating humpback whales and their calves are a summertime highlight.

This richness of life extends to the Penedo’s peninsula itself – the land is integrated into one of Brazil’s largest mangrove forests and also harbours natural groves of fruit trees and indigenous vegetation. 

The plot’s current infrastructure comprises three brick houses, tool sheds, a well, a pier, and livestock pastures. 

The opportunity for commercial development is ripe.

Penedo’s Peninsula and Island is listed for sale here

11. Araçatiba Island ($1,960,000)


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  • Location: State of Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis and Paraty
  • Size: 15.6 acres, 6.3 hectares
  • Description: 2km from shore, ~8km southwest of Parque Perequê, ~92km west of Rio de Janeiro, ~18km northeast of Paraty
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Ilha Araçatiba, an island spanning an excess of 15 acres in the State of Rio de Janeiro, offers a main villa complete with seven air-conditioned suites, a family kitchen, a dining space, a TV and living room, a laundry room, a barbecue area, a sauna with bathroom and dressing room, a swimming pool, and an illuminated sports court. 

This home, and the island caretaker’s residence, are serviced by an electrical generator and a potable water source.

Alongside developed comfort, Ilha Araçatiba provides ample fishing, hiking, and diving opportunities. 

A perfect pairing of indoor and outdoor leisure.

Ilha Araçatiba is listed for sale here

12. Saints Bay Island ($1,860,000)


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  • Location: State of Bahia, Paraguaçu River
  • Size: 6 acres, 2.4 hectares
  • Description: 400m from shore, ~3km northeast of São Roque do Paraguaçu, ~38km west of Salvador
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Ilha da Barra, also known as Saints Bay Island, is a fully developed property designed for private luxury and tropical leisure.

Barra’s headline features include a pair of 49-square-metre overwater bungalows, a two-bedroom beachfront house, a bar, a pier, water cisterns, and a comprehensive power system. 

These facilities provide the perfect foundation for comfortable living on the six-acre property. 

Here, residents can partake in a bounty of activities: swimming, fishing, and surfing. Most of Barra also remains covered in indigenous vegetation, making it ideal for nature walks. 

A private oasis in waiting.

Saints Bay Island is listed for sale here

13. Pontal Island ($1,700,000)


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  • Location: State of Bahia, Costa das Baleias
  • Size: 197 acres, 80 hectares
  • Description: 800m from shore, ~2km south of Barra de Caravelas, ~530km south of Salvador
  • Ownership: Freehold
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With access to some of Brazil’s most biodiverse coastlines and the historic city of Caravelas – Pontal Island, known locally as both Ilha do Pontal and Ponta da Areia, is a gateway to life in the south of Bahia. 

The 197-acre property, located in the mouth of the Caravelas Estuary, has long stretches of sandy shoreline, dense growths of indigenous vegetation on its southwestern side, and buildable flat land throughout. 

Overall, Pontal Island is a large property ideal for both commercial and private development – from a family home immersed in nature to an eco-resort offering staying on the Bahian coast.

Pontal Island is listed for sale here

14. Paraiso Island ($1,490,000)


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  • Location: State of Bahia, Rio Orojo River
  • Size: 22 acres, ~9 hectares
  • Description: 500m from shore, ~11km west of Barra Grande, ~114km southwest of Salvador
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Ilha Paraiso is a 22-acre property in Camamu Bay with all the components of a world-class eco-resort. 

Immediately adjacent to the protected island of Ilha da Flores, Paraiso has been subsequently preserved to showcase the bounty of Brazil’s wetland landscapes. Coconut, palm, mangrove, and mango trees grow in abundance, all of which provide the foundations for a rich ecosystem of native wildlife. 

The surrounding area is well-known for its beaches, cultural landmarks, dive sites, and surfing locations. 

The potential of this undeveloped island cannot be overstated.

Ilha Paraiso is listed for sale here

15. Panek Island ($1,350,000)


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  • Location: State of Santa Catarina, Governador Celso Ramos
  • Size: 1.1 acres, ~0.4 hectares
  • Description: 100m from shore, ~5km north of Florianópolis
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Ilha Panek, sometimes denoted as Ilha do Magalhaes, is a one-acre property located 100 metres off the coast of Dolphin Bay – a major eco-tourism destination near Florianópolis.

Spanning just one acre, the island is the smallest listed on Brazil’s real estate market. However, there is much to be said about owning a property of a more manageable size – foremost, lower maintenance costs.

Panek does feature pre-existing development in the form of a three-story, rustic home (admittedly in need of renovation), a pier, treated water, and electricity connections. 

There is also a private beach on the island sheltered on both sides by large rocks.

Ilha Panek is listed for sale here

16. São João Island ($1,300,000)


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  • Location: State of Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis
  • Size: 5 acres, 2 hectares
  • Description: 3km from shore, ~5km south of Angra dos Reis, ~65km west of Rio de Janeiro
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Translating to Saint John’s Island, Ilha de São João is a five-acre private property found within Angra dos Reis Bay – a hyper-competitive real estate location due to it being equidistant from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. 

Accessed by boat, the island sits within some of the most inviting waters in the world and features beaches on both its northern and southern boundaries. 

Alongside a dual-berth pier, São João has a 150-square-metre concrete home. Four power generators are already in place, and a rainwater filter system serves the property with water. 
Surrounded by landmark destinations, dive sites, and rich culture, Ilha de São João is a gateway to life in Brazil.

Ilha de São João is listed for sale here

17. Grande Island ($1,270,000)


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  • Location: State of Santa Catarina, Lagoon of Imaruí
  • Size: 10.4 acres, 4.2 hectares
  • Description: 2km from shore, ~2km south of Imaruí, ~86km south of Florianópolis
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Lagoa de Imaruí is an inland body of water near the city of Laguna, itself a municipality in the southern Brazillian state of Santa Catarina. 

The listed island, which spans approximately 10 acres, is an exemplar of the area’s natural bounty. Alongside fruit trees, the plot features groves of 30-year-old eucalyptus trees. This abundance of indigenous vegetation supports a diverse ecosystem of wildlife. The surrounding waters, similarly, are home to a rich environment of fauna. 

A private refuge sheltered in the waters of Lagoa de Imaruí awaits.

Ilha Grande is listed for sale here

18. Itaoquinha Island ($650,000)


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  • Location: State of Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara Bay
  • Size: 2.47 acres, 1 hectare
  • Description: 500m from shore, ~500m northwest of São Gonçalo, ~9km east of Rio de Janeiro, ~400m northwest of Píer da Praia da Beira
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Ilha de Itaoquinha is a developed island in Guanabara Bay spanning 2.47 acres. 

The property’s previous owners, an architect and a gallery owner, are responsible for embellishing and curating Itaoquinha’s landscapes. However, the pre-existing structures are of a decidedly colonial style. 

Ilha de Itaoguinha’s main house comprises four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large kitchen. A separate residence on the island features two further bedrooms. Both of these buildings are serviced by generators and solar energy. 

Alongside its accommodations, the island offers a private beach, a 50-square-metre pool, a wood deck, and access to a wealth of surrounding water sports.

Ilha de Itaoquinha is listed for sale here

19. Pioca Island (Price Upon Request)


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  • Location: State of Bahia, Bay of All Saints
  • Size: 215 acres, 87 hectares
  • Description: 600m from shore, ~700m southwest of São Francisco do Conde, ~30km northwest of Salvador
  • Ownership: Freehold
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Close to the mainland, proximity to the Bahian capital of Salvador, 415,900 square metres of PUE land designated for development, surrounding landscapes inundated with indigenous mangroves and tropical vegetation, and a year-round climate of sun and warm waters: Ilha de Pioca’s list of allures seemingly has no end.

The 215-acre island, which belongs to a group of four islands in the All Saints Bay region of Bahia, is one of the few private properties in Brazil not owned by the government. 

Interestingly, the island’s owner is also marketing one-hectare development plots on the neighbouring island of Isla de Cajaiba. The remaining two islands in the archipelago group feature valuable mangrove forests and will remain areas of ecological interest.

Ilha de Pioca is listed for sale here.

20. Pelada Grande Island (Price Upon Request)


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  • Location: State of Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis
  • Size: 26.7 acres, 10.8 hectares
  • Description: 1km from shore, ~8km west of Parque Perequê, ~18km northeast of Paraty, ~94km west of Rio de Janerio
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Ilha Pelada Grande is an island located near Paraty listed for partial sale – upon agreement of a sale, the island’s current owner would retain 50% of the title.

The island spans a total of 26.7 acres, with approximately seven acres being designated for construction – Ilha Pelada Grande comes with a pre-approved project for the construction of 24 residences and a helipad. Each of the homes is slated to feature four bedrooms and sea views. 

Ilha Pelada Grande’s natural assets include four premier beaches, native vegetation, and rich biodiversity of wildlife.

Part ownership of an island with an established blueprint for monetisation.

Ilha Pelada Grande Partnership is listed for sale here

21. Extensive Island in Paraty (Price Upon Request)


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  • Location: State of Rio de Janeiro, Paraty
  • Size: 34.6 acres, 14 hectares
  • Further information upon request

This island, located near the city of Paraty, spans 14 hectares and features several accommodations. 

The island’s main villa comprises two king-sized suites, family living rooms, a mezzanine for leisure activities, and a fully-furnished balcony that grants panoramic island views. A beachfront bungalow with a full ensemble of amenities coexists with this main accommodation. 

Comfortable island living is further catered to with the inclusion of a beach barbecue area, heliport, and a boat deck.

Extensive Island in Paraty is listed for sale here

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