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Before You Travel | How to Get There | Check In/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, it will tell you what to expect to make your vacation smooth and care free. 

We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you. 

Before You Travel

Address  
Rod. Rio-Santos (BR101) km 576
CEP 23970-000 - PARATY - RJ - BRASIL

Base Hours 
8 am - 5 pm daily.

Time Zone
GMT (-3 hours)

Tourist Information Center
Website: https://visitbrasil.com

General Information
Population: 36,000  
Official Name: Brazil
Capital City: Brasilia
Official Language: Portuguese
Religion: Roman Catholicism 
Government: Federative Republic of Brazil
Driving Side:  Brazillians drive on the left

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How to Get There

Airport 
Sao Paulo International Airport (GRU) or Rio de Janeiro (GIG).

Flights
Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our inhouse flight specialist at 866.649.2003 before you book your flights.

Transfers 
The distance from the Sao Paulo (GRU) or Rio de Janeiro (GIG) airport to the base in Marina in Paraty is approximately 4 1/2 hours drive. Cost is a flat rate per ride.

Rio de Janeiro Airport - Paraty Marina
Bus Transfer for 1-9 Persons costs R$900 /$240.00 USD-minivan each way.
Sao Paulo Airport - Paraty Marina
Bus transfer for 1-9 Persons - R$1600 /$400.00 USD-minivan each way.
Flapper Air - Private plane transfer from GRU or GIG costs approximately $2500.00 for up to 7 PAX each way---Campo de Marte Airport.
 

Car Rentals
Hertz is located at the airport.

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Check In/Check Out

Check In Procedures
Charter Start Time: 3 p.m.
Evening Start Time: n/a
Briefing Times: Boat and Chart Briefings are scheduled upon arrival to base.

All skippers must attend a Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.

Late Arrivals 
If arriving after hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating the location of your boat. The Chart Briefing and Boat Briefing will be held the following morning prior to departure.

Check Out Procedures
Charter End Time: 9 a.m.

All charterers must return to base by 6:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning.

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be held in the morning prior to disembarkation.

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What's on Board

Coolers
Yes.

Provisioning
Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your vacation. Additional items are available to be purchased and delivered directly to your yacht. Contact your vacation planner for details.

Mobile phones & WiFi 
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region.

Drones
A Certificate of Registration must first be secured from the Civil Aviation Department in order to import a drone. The Customs Department will detain drones at the border if a Certificate of Registration has not been obtained. To register your drone online visit the Bahamas Civil Aviation page. Further details on the Special Regulations may be obtained from the Civil Aviation Department, at https://www.anac.gov.br/en/drones

Music/iPods 
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

Electricity
The electrical service is normally 220 volts, 60 cycles AC, or requiring European converters and adapters. Voltage varies with location, however, and some places in the islands may have 220 volt electrical service. Call your hotel ahead of time to find out which system they use. The standard voltage on all yachts is 12volts. In order to use electronic equipment that is 110v or 220v, you will need an inverter suitable for use in a portable cigarette lighter.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Cruising Licenses
A formal sailing license is mandatory to charter here. Review the power or sail requirements for Paraty while planning your vacation. Please contact our Vacation Planners at 888.952.8420 if you have any questions.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-colored, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

Currency
The local currency is the Brazilian Real.

Gratuity
Tip according to quality of service. Porters usually receive $1 USD per bag, while most other servers (waiters, taxis, etc.) receive 15%. Some establishments include the gratuity in their bills.

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards. Please see our Base Notes for additional information.

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunization Information
Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
A Travel Advisory is in place for Brazil. For complete details please visit travel.state.gov.

Travel Insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings vacation.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunization requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.

 

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