Ilha do Mel State Park

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Ilha do Mel State Park
Parque Estadual da Ilha do Mel
IUCN category II (national park)
Farol da Ilha do Mel.jpg
Lighthouse (farol) at the north tip of the park
Map showing the location of Ilha do Mel State Park
Map showing the location of Ilha do Mel State Park
Location Paranaguá, Paraná
Coordinates 25.5575°S 48.3059°WCoordinates25.5575°S 48.3059°W
Area 393 hectares (970 acres)
Designation State park
Created 21 March 2002
Administrator Instituto Ambiental do Paraná

The Ilha do Mel State Park (PortugueseParque Estadual da Ilha do Mel) is a state park in the state of Paraná, Brazil.






The Ilha do Mel State Park is in the southern part of the Ilha do Mel (Honey Island) in the east of the municipality of Paranaguá, Paraná. The island, which has an area of about 2,760 hectares (6,800 acres), is at the entrance of Paranaguá Bay on the southern coast of the state of Paraná.[1] The park has an area of about 393 hectares (970 acres).[2] The northern part of the island is protected by the Ilha do Mel Ecological Station. The island is opposite the Superagui National Park to the north.[3] It is in the Iguape-Cananéia-Paranaguá estuary lagoon complex.

The park includes the Praia Grande, Praia de Fora (Encantadas), Praia de Fora (Farol), Praia do Miguel and Prainha do Caraguatá beaches and the area known as Saco do Limoeiro.[4] It may be reached by a 30 minute boat trip from the terminal at Pontal do Sul, or by a 90 minute boat trip from Paranaguá. There are landing piers at Encantadas and at Nova Brasília, which includes the lighthouse and the fort. Visitors may bring bicycles, but no motorized vehicles are allowed.[1]


The Ilha do Mel State Park was created governor Jaime Lerner by state decree 5506 of 21 March 2002 on the Ilha do Mel (Honey Island). The objective was to preserve the natural environment of the beach, the rocky cliffs, areas of marine influence, salt marshes, remnants of dense submontane Atlantic Forest and lowland restinga forest, to protect archaeological sites, particularly the middens, and to protect the rich fauna. Management responsibility was assigned to the Instituto Ambiental do Paraná (Paraná Environment Institute), which had five years to prepare a management plan. Existing residents would be relocated within ten years.[4]

The park is part of the Lagamar Mosaic of conservation units.[5] It one of the conservation units of the Serra do Mar Ecological Corridor (Corredor Ecológico da Serra do Mar).[6] It is also part of the core zone of the Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve.[7]




Tags: Beach, National park, Island