Situated on Rio de Contas estuary, Itacaré is the gateway to spectacular stretches of coastline where the dense Atlantic Forest dramatically reaches down to meet the South Atlantic Ocean, forming a chain of coves and inlets, many only accessible by forest trails. Until relatively recently the area was known to few except fishermen and surfers. While the town has grown, the surrounding region, now an environmentally protected area, maintains and protects its natural beauty. The dipping contours of the surrounding countryside provides wonderful forest walks to isolated beaches or waterfalls, great rafting and other adventure sports. The beaches of Itacaré are considered the best surfing in Brazil. Itacaré is host to a wide variety of accommodation options, from simple to simply exquisite, as well as a choice of excellent restaurants.