The state of São Paulo is the most populous in Brazil, with an estimated population of 44 million.
The state is home to major cities, beautiful beaches especially on its northern coast, charming country towns, wineries, and spectacular hotels.
Top Destinations & Hotels in São Paulo State
1. São Paulo City
Sao Paulo City – Photo Credit: Joao Tzanno
The city of São Paulo is the capital of São Paulo State and the largest city in Brazil.
Sao Paulo City is known for its numerous skyscrapers, as the financial center of Brazil, for hosting excellent options for museums, restaurants, cafes, and malls, and for offering lively nightlife.
2. São Sebastiao
São Sebastiao – ©Nau Royal Hotel Spa
São Sebastiao is a beach destination located approximately 187 km (116 miles) from the city of São Paulo.
The city is home to some beautiful beaches such as Camburizinho Beach, Toque Toque Beach, the famous Maresias Beach, and many others.
São Sebastiao can be easily accessed by car or by bus from Tiete Terminal in São Paulo. The bus ride from the city of Sao Paulo to Sao Sebastiao lasts approximately 4h40m and costs from 72.55 reais (USD 13.35 – April 2021 quote).
Ilhabela – ©Wyndham Ilhabela Casa Di Sirena
Ilhabela is an island located on the north coast of the state of São Paulo and is one of the must-see beach destinations in Brazil.
Access can be easily done by car and ferry or bus and ferry, with buses departing from Tiete Terminal.
The island has excellent infrastructure and also offers hotel options for all types of budgets.
Ubatuba – Photo Credit: Agnaldo Andrella
Ubatuba is a coastal city in the state of São Paulo surrounded by the Serra do Mar National Park.
The city has beautiful beaches and great infrastructure.
5. Campos do Jordão
Campos do Jordao – Photo Credit: Carol Petri
Campos do Jordao is a city with European-style architecture located in the Serra da Mantiqueira, 181 km (113 miles) from the city of São Paulo.
The city has excellent breweries, restaurants, and cafes. The region is home to beautiful parks, waterfalls, and beautiful scenic spots.
In the Serra da Mantiqueira, close to the border with the state of Minas Gerais, there are two must-see attractions: OLIQ – the extra virgin olive oil from Mantiqueira, and the Villa Santa Maria winery.
Hotel Boutique QUEBRA-NOZ and Hotel Toriba are two spectacular luxury accommodation options in Campos do Jordão. And the beautiful hotels Castelo Nacional Inn Campos do Jordão and the Chris Park Hotel offer great value for money.
6. Santo Antonio do Pinhal
Santo Antonio do Pinhal – ©Quinta dos Pinhais Pouso e Charme
Santo Antonio do Pinhal is a city located a short distance from Campos do Jordão.
The city houses themed gardens, waterfalls, and viewpoints.
7. Porto Feliz
Porto Feliz – ©Hotel Fasano Boa Vista
Porto Feliz is a city in the interior of the state of São Paulo, which has become a haven for the Brazilian upper class, who often enjoy the weekend and holidays in the elegant condominium complex, Fazenda Boa Vista.
The complex also houses a luxury hotel, the Hotel Fasano Boa Vista, which offers comfort and elegance.
Porto Feliz has urban architecture from the early 19th century, which can be seen in attractions such as the Casa da Cultura “Dona Narcisa S. Pires” and the Museu das Monções.
The city also has a beautiful park, the Parque das Monções on the left bank of the Tiete River, and a beautiful church, the Parish of Nossa Senhora Mãe dos Homens.
Amparo – ©Lake Vilas Charm Hotel & Spa
Amparo is a city in the countryside of São Paulo located in a region known for its old coffee farms transformed into tourist destinations.
On the farms, it is possible to get to know a little more about rural life and eat typical delicacies from the countryside. The region is also home to a charming winery, the Terrassos Winery.
The Lake Vilas Charm Hotel is a spectacular accommodation option in Amparo.
Itatiba – ©Hotel Fazenda Dona Carolina
Itatiba is a city in the São Paulo State that houses beautiful churches, squares, and parks.
In the 19th century, Itatiba was part of the coffee cycle, which brought many immigrants to the city, mainly Italians, who helped to compose the city’s traditions and cultures.
Itatiba is also known for the Festa do Caqui de Itatiba (Persimmon Festival) which takes place every year in the city.
Hotel Fazenda Dona Carolina is an excellent accommodation option in the region.
Holambra – ©Villa de Holanda Parque Hotel
Holambra is the largest flower-producing city in Brazil and hosts the largest flower exhibition in Latin America, its name is a combination of the names Holland, America (due to the South American continent), and Brazil.
The city has colorful houses with the architectural style of buildings in the Netherlands and has a monument in honor of the Dutch who founded the city. And the mill “Moinho Peoples United” is another very popular attraction in Holambra.
+ Destinations in São Paulo State
+ Destinations in Sao Paulo State – ©Royal Tulip JP Ribeirao Preto
Other interesting destinations to visit in the state of São Paulo include Ribeirão Preto, known in the past as the capital of coffee, and today as the capital of draft beer, not far from the city of São Paulo, is the city of Campinas (the third-largest city in the state), Jundiai and São Roque are famous for its wineries, also popular are Indaiatuba and Itu.
According to a recent study, the state of Sao Paulo has some of the best cities to live in Brazil.
The state of São Paulo ranks first as the wealthiest state in Brazil, with a large part of the important industries and multinationals. The industry is very strong in the state, along with trade and services. São Paulo State is the country’s largest gateway for exports and imports.
São Paulo State Map
Largest Cities in São Paulo State
Largest Cities in São Paulo State – ©Melia Campinas
- São Paulo City – 12.325.232
- Guarulhos – 1.392.121
- Campinas – 1.213.792
- São Bernardo do Campo – 844.483
- São Jose dos Campos – 729.737
- Santo Andre – 721.368
- Ribeirão Prato – 711.825
- Osasco – 699.944
- Sorocaba – 687.357
- Maua – 477.552
- São Jose do Rio Preto – 464.983
- Mogi das Cruzes – 450.785
- Santos – 433.656
- Diadema – 426.757
- Jundiai – 423.006
- Piracicaba – 407.252
- Carapicuiba – 403.183
- Bauru – 379.297
- Itaquaquecetuba – 375.011
- São Vicente – 368.355
- Franca – 355.901
- Praia Grande – 330.845
- Guaruja – 322.750
- Taubate – 317.915
- Limeira – 308.482
For transfer services in the state of São Paulo check the website of the company ASB Transfer.
Featured Photo Credit: Renan
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