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Caraguatatuba, widely known by its abbreviation Caraguá, is a city in the eastern part of the southern state of São Paulo
São Paulo (state)
São Paulo is a state in Brazil. It is the major industrial and economic powerhouse of the Brazilian economy. Named after Saint Paul, São Paulo has the largest population, industrial complex, and economic production in the country. It is the richest state in Brazil...

 in Brazil
Brazil
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. The name comes from the Tupi language and one of the words includes tuba meaning many. Caraguatatuba is the largest city of São Paulo
São Paulo (state)
São Paulo is a state in Brazil. It is the major industrial and economic powerhouse of the Brazilian economy. Named after Saint Paul, São Paulo has the largest population, industrial complex, and economic production in the country. It is the richest state in Brazil...

 north shore.
The economy of the Caraguatatuba is driven by agriculture
Agriculture
Agriculture is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi and other life forms for food, fiber, and other products used to sustain life. Agriculture was the key implement in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the...

 and tourism
Tourism
Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes. The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people "traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes".Tourism has become a...

. Caraguatatuba is a jetsetter of high society of São Paulo
São Paulo
São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere and South America, and the world's seventh largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to the São Paulo metropolitan area, ranked as the second-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and among...

, in the summer the city becomes one of the biggest hotspots in the country with more than 1.5 million tourists. The population in 2009 is 96.125, its density is 198.6/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.

Population history

Year Population Density
2003  86,944 179.64/km²
2004  92,283 190.67/km²
2009  96,125 198.4/km²

Geography


Caraguá is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Serra do Mar, where they were born the main rivers that feed on the beaches and home to the Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar.

Its neighboring cities are the Natividade da Serra
Natividade da Serra
Natividade da Serra is a municipality/county in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population in 2004 is 7,205 and the area is 834.69 km². The elevation is 720 m. The southern part is heavily forested and mountainous and there are few roads and tracks into the mountain...

 to the north, Ubatuba to the northeast, the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean is the second-largest of the world's oceanic divisions. With a total area of about , it covers approximately 20% of the Earth's surface and about 26% of its water surface area...

 to the southeast (with the island of Ilha Bela to the south), São Sebastião
São Sebastião
São Sebastião is Portuguese for "Saint Sebastian". It may also refer to:-Brazil:* São Sebastião, Alagoas* São Sebastião, São Paulo* Ilha de São Sebastião, São Paulo, alternate name of Ilhabela* São Sebastião do Alto, Rio de Janeiro...

 to the south, Salesópolis
Salesópolis
Salesópolis is a municipality in the São Paulo Metropolitan Region in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population in 2004 was 15,281, the density was 35.87/km² and the area is 426 km²....

 to the west and Paraibuna
Paraibuna
Paraibuna is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population in 2004 is 18,096 and the area is 811.76 km². The elevation is 635 m...

 northwest.
Beaches=

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

External links

Official website Caraguatatuba at CityBrazil.com.br