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Município da Estância Balneária de Caraguatatuba
View of downtown Caraguatatuba with Ilhabela at background.
View of downtown Caraguatatuba with Ilhabela at background.
Flag of Município da Estância Balneária de Caraguatatuba
Official seal of Município da Estância Balneária de Caraguatatuba
Nickname(s): Caraguá
Motto: Duc in Altum
Location in the state of São Paulo and Brazil
Location in the state of São Paulo and Brazil
Coordinates: 23°50′46″S 46°37′47″W / 23.84611°S 46.62972°W / -23.84611; -46.62972Coordinates: 23°50′46″S 46°37′47″W / 23.84611°S 46.62972°W / -23.84611; -46.62972
Country Brazil
Region Southeast
State São Paulo
Founded April 20, 1857
 • Mayor Antonio Carlos da Silva (PSDB)
 • Total 483.95 km2 (186.85 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 100,899
 • Density 208.4/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
HDI (2000) 0.802–high[2]
Website Prefeitura Municipal de Caraguatatuba

Caraguatatuba, widely known by its abbreviation Caraguá, is a city in the eastern part of the southern state of São Paulo in Brazil. The name comes from the Tupi language and one of the words includes tuba meaning many.[citation needed] Caraguatatuba is the largest city of São Paulo north shore. The economy of the Caraguatatuba is driven by agriculture and tourism. Caraguatatuba is a jetsetter of high society of São Paulo, in the summer the city becomes one of the biggest hotspots in the country with more than 1.5 million tourists. The population in 2010 was 100.899, its density is 208.4/km² and the area is 484 km². The urban area and farmlands are within the coastline and valley areas, the majority of the northern part are heavily forested and rarely serves any roads to that area. The postal boundary dividing the 00000s and the 10000s lies to the southwestern boundary with Salesópolis.[citation needed]

Pedra do Jacaré/ Alligator Stone
Praia Central/Central Beach

Population history[edit]

Year Population Density
2003 86,944 179.6/km²
2004 92,283 190.6/km²
2009 96,125 198.4/km²
2010 100,899 208.4/km²


Caraguá is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Serra do Mar and is home to the Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar.

Its neighboring cities are Natividade da Serra to the north, Ubatuba to the northeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast (with the island of Ilha Bela to the south), São Sebastião to the south, Salesópolis to the west and Paraibuna northwest.


There are 17 beaches in Caraguatatuba from north to south, they are:

  • Praia de Tabatinaga / Tabatinga Beach
  • Praia da Mococa / Mococa Beach
  • Praia da Cocanha / Cocanha Beach
  • Praia do Massaguaçu / Massaguaçu Beach
  • Praia do Capricórnio/ Capricórnio Beach
  • Praia Brava / Brava Beach
  • Praia Martim de Sá / Martim de Sa Beach
  • Prainha
  • Praia do Garcez or Praia da Freira/ Garcez Beach or Freira Beach
  • Praia do Camaroeiro / Camaroeiro Beach
  • Praia Grande / Praia Grande Beach
  • Praia do Indaiá / Indaiá Beach
  • Praia Pan Brasil / Pan Brasil Beach
  • Praia das Palmeiras ] Palmeiras Beach
  • Praia do Romance / Romance Beach
  • Praia das Flecheiras / Flecheiras Beach
  • Praia do Porto Novo / Porto Novo Beach


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