Baia de Mangaratiba is entered between Ponta do Bispo and Ponta da Cruz. This shallow bay is exposed to the sea, which breaks heavily on its NW shore. The town of Mangaratiba stands on the E side of the bay and has a small concrete pier.
Laje de Mangaratiba, low, dark-colored, and steep-to, lies in the approach to Baia de Mangaratiba, and shows a light.
Between Laje de Mangaratiba and Ponta do Leme, about 10 miles to the WSW, the coast is fringed by off-lying islets and indented by small bays