The small but alluring beach town of Buzios is one of the hottest Brazil
travel destinations. Actually, it is a peninsula surrounded by small
islands. Ideal for hikes with the plus of an astonishing view of beautiful
beaches and of the awesome landscape. To top it off, Buzios has a lively
nightlife with sophisticated restaurants
and galleries besides being the perfect place for
water sports of al kinds.
Back in the 1960s, it
used to be a small fishing village. That was when French actress Brigitte
Bardot, one of the 60's divas, visited and loved Buzios’ pristine beaches
and stunning forest. From then on, this peaceful village became famous and
today it is an upscale resort.
Now, you can run into celebrities like Mick
Jagger, Naomi Campbell and Bill Gates anytime.
During the Brazilian
high season (December to March) Buzios can be expensive and crowded, very
crowded. We always go to Brazil off season and take advantage of
the good prices, uncongested beaches and
uncrowded restaurants and bars. We can chat with the local business owners
and residents and get to know the best places to visit without being
Buzios is small but
blessed, as it can offer beaches with hot and
cold water, with waves and without them, long or short. So it won’t be
difficult to find something you like. To get to know the beaches better,
take a boat tour and you will have a good idea where to start enjoying.
The tour takes around 2½ hours
and costs about $30 reais per person, with drinks and fruits included.
There is Praia Rasa,
a long beach that the windsurfers elected as their place. Praia de
Geriba also long with strong waves and the beautiful Ferradurinha
with calm crystal waters, forming a natural swimming pool between the
Buzios is excellent
just to hang out on the beach, sipping a Caipirinha or a fruit juice.
However, it is also a great destination if you like water sports since its
clear and calm waters offer perfect conditions for surf, wind-surf, diving
Good places for diving
are the beaches of Joao Fernandes, Azeda, Azedinha, Lagoinha and Forno.
If you are an experienced diver, you can rent or buy diving gear in one of
the local stores. If you are a beginner, relax! There are classes for
beginners so that you can enjoy the beauties of these crystal clear
These are just some of
the several beaches you should consider visiting when in Buzios. So plan
to stay some time and take in what this gorgeous part of Brazil has to
Party animals, this is
the place for you. Bars, restaurants, live music, stores… you name it!
Start your tour at Rua das Pedras (Stone Street), the heart of the action.
Walk around and choose between varieties of food from all over the world.
At the Estancia Don Juan you can have a taste of the excellent
Argentinean beef. We also tried and enjoyed Restaurante do David.
By the way, the guy in
the picture is my husband and co-editor of this website “David”.
This was his first time in Brazil. Does it show?
When it comes to
shopping, this is paradise. Sophisticated boutiques display Brazilian and
international designer label clothes and the posh art galleries exhibit
exquisite pieces. Just take your time visiting and be prepared to start
partying really late. Night in Buzios has its peak around 2am.
How to Get to
Buzios is 170
Rio de Janeiro.
You can either take a bus from Rio de Janeiro bus station
or rent a car and drive there. Shuttle buses, helicopters and air taxis
are also available from Rio. Get information at your hotel.
From Rio de Janeiro. After Rio-Niteroi Bridge (toll R$
2.00), turn left to RioBonito/Vitoria/Regiao dos Lagos.
After passing the Rio Bonito Highway Police Station turn
right to Araruama/Cabo Frio/Regiao dos Lagos/Buzios. This is Via dos Lagos
Highway (toll R$ 3.70 or R$ 5.40 – Friday through Monday). At the end of
Via dos Lagos, turn left. Follow the road for 4 km up to Ipiranga gas
station. Turn left to Macae/Buzios for 14 km up to Ate que Enfim gas
station, turn right up to Buzios Arch.
Rodoviaria Novo Rio.
There are several time options. R$ 18.50.
Phone: (21) 516-1001.
can choose to go either by airplane or helicopter. They take off regularly
from Rio de Janeiro. Check at your hotel in Rio.
de Janeiro 176 km, Sao Paulo 596 km, Belo
Horizonte 613 km, Vitoria 543 km.