Of course, Búzios has seen its fair share of foreign visitors. However, none caused the stir of a young French actress named… Brigitte Bardot. By spending two consecutive seasons on the peninsula, in 1964 and 1965, Mademoiselle Bardot firmly placed Búzios on the world map. In the following decades, this once quiet fishing village transformed into the most Mediterranean of all Brazilian beach resorts – Rio de Janeiro’s very own St.-Tropez.
The peninsula boasts over 10 lovely beaches, in all shapes and sizes, facing three different cardinal directions. Although most beaches are hardly unspoiled, they still have a je ne sais quoi that cannot be found anywhere else on the Brazilian coast. A lazy day in the sun is mandatorily followed by a stroll along the main street, Rua das Pedras, and its extension, which has recently been renamed… Orla Bardot (the Bardot waterfront), complete with a statue of you-know-who.
Búzios only seems to lose a bit of its charm during summer vacations and long weekends, when the place gets too crowded. But outside these peak periods, we recommend joining the Argentines (who make up a large group of expats) and enjoy this little slice of the Mediterranean in Brazil.
Why Include Búzios In Your Trip
- Beautiful beaches, most with calm seas
- Charming pousadas
- A diverse culinary scene
Keep in mind:
- It gets crowded in summer and on long weekends
- Prices at beachside kiosks are higher than anywhere in Brazil
- Hotel rates are higher on weekends
When To Go
The best time to visit Búzios is between Sunday and Thursday, outside of the school vacations and statutory holidays.
The region’s micro-climate is one of the driest of the Brazilian coast. The wettest months are November, December and January, when it’s also warmer: maximum temperatures can reach 30ºC.
Between June and August, it can be chilly, by Brazilian standards — but for foreigners, the temperature is quite pleasant: lows go slightly below 20ºC and highs hover around 25ºC.
At any time of the year, cold fronts accompanied by rain may hit the area. Keep your fingers crossed to avoid these.
Avoid going during school vacations and statutory holidays when Búzios gets so packed that it loses its charm. In Brazil, summer holidays start the week of Christmas and run until the end of January. Brazil celebrates the following statutory holidays: Carnival (in 2018: February 10-13), Easter (in 2018: March 30-April 1), Labor Day (in 2018: April 28-May 1), Corpus Christi (in 2018: May 31-June 3), National Independence Day (in 2018: September 7-9), Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady of Aparecida) (in 2018: October 12-14), All Saints (in 2018: November 2-4) and Proclamation of the Republic + Black Awareness (November 15-20).
When Is Beach Season in Búzios?
It rains a little: February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October
It rains more: January | November | December
How Many Days In Búzios?
Minimum: 2 days. Explore the beaches by water taxi and enjoy the nightlife on Rua das Pedras/Orla Bardot.
Got more days? Explore other beaches further along the peninsula; take a day tour to Arraial do Cabo.
Day trip from Rio and back. Not worth it! You will spend more time on the road than in Búzios.
Getting to Búzios
The nearest airport to Búzios is in Cabo Frio, 30 kilometers (19 miles) away. Currently there are only regular flights from Belo Horizonte. A metered taxi from Cabo Frio Airport to Búzios should cost R$ 120 (R$ 150 after 10pm).
Most people fly into Rio de Janeiro, 180 km (112 mi) away, and continue to Búzios some days later.
By bus, from Rio
Auto Viação 1001 bus company operates numerous daily busses between Rio de Janeiro and Búzios. Although it’s possible to buy a ticket at the bus station prior to departure, we highly recommend buying in advance, online. Buses with air-conditioning (R$ 88) and without air-conditioning (R$ 61) depart regularly from the Rodoviária Novo Rio bus station. The trip takes around 3 hours. The best way to get from the Zona Sul hotel zone to the Novo Rio Bus Station is to take the subway line 1+4, direction Uruguai; get off at Cinelandia, then board the VLT tram to the bus station (Rodoviaria Novo Rio).
There are also four daily departures of air-conditioned buses (R$65) from Galeão airport. To purchase a ticket online, conduct a search for tickets from Rio de Janeiro to Búzios. When loading the results page, redo the search in the page’s search engine; only then will you see the option of departing from Galeão Airport. Your internet receipt is not a ticket; you’ll have to get your proper paper ticket at Auto Viação 1001 counter, located right beside the airport’s Welcome Center at the arrivals level. Buses leave from the curb at the airport’s arrivals level. Prices for April/2017.
By shuttle or taxi
Shuttle companies (called “transfer” in Portuguese) will pick up scheduled passengers at hotels in Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, as well as at Galeão and Santos Dumont airports. AA Mister Tours charges R$ 95, and Humaitá Turismo, R$ 99. Prices for April/2017.
Getting around in Búzios
All taxis in Búzios have set prices; check the price list at the taxi stands. A ride in the city center area costs R$ 20; from the center to the main beaches, between R$ 20 and R$ 30. You can ask the hotel or restaurant to call you a taxi when you need one. To get back from the beach, ask for the business card with phone number of the driver that dropped you off, then use WhatsApp (it’s the preferred means of communication in Brazil). Prices for January/2017.
CooperBúzios vans circulate along the main road of Búzios (the Estrada da Usina Velha), charging R$ 2.80 per passenger (January/2017). The vans don’t drop passengers at the beaches, but stop nearby. From the drop-off point you continue on foot. It’s a 10-minute walk to João Fernandes or Geribá, a 15-minute walk to Ferradura or Tartaruga or 25 minutes to Ferradurinha.
Water taxi (Aquatáxi)
This is the most fun (and wettest) way to get around Búzios. These are small fiberglass boats that can carry up to 7 people. The water taxis charge between R$ 7 and R$ 30 per passenger, depending on how far you go. The water taxis run only between the beaches of Manguinhos, Tartaruga, Armação, Azeda, João Fernandes and João Fernandinho. They depart when there are at least two passengers on board. Getting wet is not optional on these rides. Prices for January/2017.
Car or beach buggy
It’s easy to drive around Búzios and you are never far from a beach. Finding a vacant parking spot can be tough (and expensive).
You can rent a car in Rio or in Búzios. Another option is to rent a beach buggy upon arrival (approximately R$150-R$180 per day; January/2017). There is parking near the entrance to the beaches, as well as private parking lots at some beaches, such as Praia da Tartaruga, Ferradurinha or Geribá (space is limited).
In the center, wherever the curb is painted blue, parking is controlled by Summer Parking; Look for a uniformed parking attendant to pay for a parking spot (R$ 3 per hour). You can also buy credit for parking ahead of time (on the company’s website or by using their app). Private parking lots may charge up to R$20 for a spot. Prices for January/2017.
Where To Stay In Búzios
The most convenient location in Búzios is the region between Morro do Humaitá (along the Orla Bardot) and Praia dos Ossos. From here you can easily access five of the beaches on foot or by water taxi, and you will be within walking distance of the city center.
To stay close to the ocean book accommodations between the beaches of João Fernandes, João Fernandinho, Ferradura and Geribá; but from those beaches, you will need to take a taxi to go downtown.
No matter where you stay, accommodations are less expensive from Sunday to Thursday; discounts can be as much as 50% outside of vacation periods and holidays.
Great location with loads of restaurants, shops, services, water taxis and regular taxis right outside your doorstep. The downside is that the area around the Rua das Pedras can be noisy.
Pérola Búzios is the best equipped hotel in the city center, located inside a former mall. It has a beautiful outdoor pool in a courtyard setting, surrounded by gazebos and a Jacuzzi tub. You will be less than a 5-minute walk from Rua das Pedras, yet sheltered from the noise.
Vila do Mar has spacious rooms and a charming, rustic decor. It’s just a few steps from the Orla Bardot, Rua das Pedras and the water taxi pier. The city’s art cinema, the Gran Cine Bardot, is housed on the hotel’s ground floor. (Yes, you can go to the movies in Brazil: all foreign films are subtitled, never dubbed.)
The basic CHL Suites, part of the Che Lagarto Hostels chain, is also in the middle of the action. It offers double and triple rooms with private bathrooms and a hip young vibe on Santos Dumont square, close to Rua das Pedras and Orla Bardot.
Morro do Humaitá
Wedged between the heart of Búzios and Praia dos Ossos, Morro do Humaitá (Humaitá Hill) features a handful of charming inns. Some of them have fabulous views of Armação Beach; private staircases provide a shortcut to the Orla Bardot.
The Vila d’Este has an Italian ambiance and is perfect for a romantic getaway. The nicest suites have a hot tub on the balcony, overlooking the ocean.
The most happening hotel in Búzios is the Casas Brancas, with a casual upscale vibe. Its sought-after terrace regularly features in foreign magazine articles about Búzios. The contemporary decor is clean, accentuated by gorgeous artefacts in the right places. The spa and restaurant are a cut above the rest.
Equipped with an infinity pool that seems to fuse with the ocean of praia da Armação, Abracadabra usually offers the best cost-benefit when it comes to a luxury stay in one of the pousadas of Morro do Humaitá. It is owned by the same hotel group as Casas Brancas.
At the back of the hill, with no view nor stairs to Orla Bardot, you will find Hotel Doce Mar and Pousada dos Búzios. These accommodations provide a great location at a more affordable price. The only downside is the 5-minute walk uphill to return to the hotel.
At the foot of the hill, no climb required, stands the friendly Casa Búzios, which offers cozy accommodations.
A little further along the Orla Bardot, the Búzios Atlantic is a gem for families looking for a hotel that is suitable for small children. This small resort is tucked away along the waterfront (but it does lack some of Búzios-type charm of the other pousadas).
Praia dos Ossos
A 15 to 20-minute walk from the city center (along the pleasant Orla Bardot), Praia dos Ossos has a small square surrounded by shops, and its own water taxi pier. From here you can go to Azeda, Azedinha, João Fernandes and João Fernandinho (Praia dos Ossos beach itself is not suitable for swimming).
Opened in 2016, Vila da Santa was instantly among the best small inns in Búzios. Elegantly furnished with decorations collected around the world, each room is unique.
The cozy La Chimère combines a great location with a good price. It has a nice courtyard with a small swimming pool. Book the superior rooms; these are much more spacious.
Located right by the sea, Pousada Corsário boasts a pool and common areas with a view of Praia dos Ossos. The rooms feature basic furnishings.
Only 250 meters from Praia dos Ossos, on the way to João Fernandes (an 8-minute walk), Pousada Lestada is perfect for those who are looking for affordable digs at a nice location.
João Fernandes and João Fernandinho
In addition to large rooms, Ville La Plage offers its guests a beach club complete with restaurant, swimming pool and bar service, right on the sand of João Fernandes beach: all you have to do is cross the street.
Even the most basic rooms at Bahiamarela have an ocean view. This is the most charming pousada in this part of Búzios, located exactly halfway between João Fernandes and João Fernandinho.
At Baia do João, the pool is surrounded by a beautiful wooden deck. Small and cozy, the pousada has only 9 rooms — some of them with a balcony facing the ocean. Located high up on a hill, the walk back from the beach is quite tiresome.
Close to downtown, but poorly served by public transportation, Ferradura is a neighborhood of vacation homes with the occasional pousada. This is the most sough-after beach for families with children.
Mothers and fathers enjoy the great family-oriented facilities at Ferradura Resort, including 6 swimming pools, a kids’ club and the possibility of including lunch and/or dinner in your rate.
With rooms for up to 5 people, Villa Baoba is a good option for families and groups, although it’s a bit further from the beach. The superior rooms have a private balcony with hammocks or lounge chairs.
For a romantic stay, consider Pedra da Laguna with its beautiful gardens, colorful decorations and spacious rooms.
To immerse yourself in luxury there is no place like Insólito, which comes with a private beach, private boats and houses one of the most sophisticated restaurants in Búzios, A Galeria — in addition to swanky beach lounge Éden.
The favorite destination of Cariocas (Rio natives), this beach has the largest selection of pousadas by the ocean. The inner blocks hide a myriad of inns of all shapes and sizes, mixed in with other summer homes. You will be close to some shops and the Porto da Barra restaurant complex, but further away from the Rua das Pedras.
Nothing but a few steps separates Chez Pitu and the sand of Geribá. Laidback and colorful, this pousada has a pool overlooking the beach. Its location also allows you to walk to Ferradurinha (10 to 12-minute walk).
Still by the seafront, Maravista offers affordable accommodations and has two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi tub and a small gym.
Located in a parallel street behind the beach, the elegant Blue Marlin has lovely rooms set in a luscious courtyard garden. A 5-minute walk from the beach, the well-equipped Serena Búzios (part of the Argentinean Rochester chain) boasts clean rooms and stylish common areas. The fun Hospedaria Entre Amigos is very cute. Some rooms can accommodate up to 4 people; the beach is only two blocks away.
We do not recommend staying at Praia Rasa (it is far, the sea is often rough and doesn’t do justice to Búzios; only worthwhile for those who practice wind surfing or kite surfing). Tucuns is quite far, and the open sea makes swimming quite dangerous.
Where To Eat In Búzios
In Búzios you never have to leave the beach to go for lunch. The beach kiosks usually serve snacks that will make for a meal. Typical Brazilian beach fare include French fries, fried yucca, fried garlic shrimp, as well as more elaborate fish and beef dishes.
One of the nicest swimming beaches, João Fernandes has the best lunch set-up with real restaurants, and tables and chairs, albeit plastic. João Fernandinho also has a nice lunch place – the tables and chairs are arranged in the shade under the trees, separate from the sunbathing area.
The best beach restaurant in Búzios is Rocka beach lounge (Praia Brava 13, tel. 22/2623-6159), in Praia Brava. The lounge serves a contemporary menu and boasts a breathtaking view. Order the herb-crusted fish with mushroom risotto, or the filet mignon with creamy mashed parsnip, and try to remember the last time you had such a memorable meal while wearing a bathing suit.
In Geribá, the beach lounge Fishbone (Gerbert Perisse 1196, tel. 22/2623-3064) is best known for its sunset parties but during the day it also serves moqueca seafood stews, grilled fish and other dishes.
In the center of Búzios, near the Rua das Pedras, the best bets for lunch are two restaurants that serve by weight: help yourself to the buffet, weigh your plate at the scales and pay when you leave. Try Buzin (Manoel Turíbio de Farias 273, tel. 22/2633-7051), which occupies a very beautiful space and serves elaborate salads, or the varied Bananaland (Manoel Turíbio de Farias, 50, tel. 22/2623-2666). Not a buffet restaurant, Restaurante do David (Manoel Turíbio de Farias, 260, tel. +55 22/2623-0982) is a casual eatery that also opens for lunch and is a good option for seafood. Dishes can easily be shared by two or three people.
At Praia da Armação (towards the end of the Orla Bardot, close to Praia dos Ossos), Mata Hari (José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, 1174, tel. 22/2623-1853) serves a dish of the day (prato feito, or set plate), usually beef, fish or chicken with rice, beans and French fries at very reasonable prices and large enough to share. Grab one of the sidewalk tables and enjoy a beautiful view of the waterfront without paying a premium.
Búzios has two main dining scenes: the area around Rua das Pedras and Orla Bardot, and the Porto da Barra restaurant complex in Manguinhos, near Geribá.
Orla Bardot and Rua das Pedras
The Orla Bardot is lined with restaurants that have a veranda or sidewalk tables, perfect for people-watching and catching the cooler evening breeze.
Right at the start of the Orla Bardot is the lovely Bar do Zé (Orla Bardot 382, tel. 22/2623-4986), with a well-traveled menu and the most genuine Búzios vibe along the Orla Bardot. Further along you come to Capricciosa Pizza D.O.C. (Orla Bardot 500, tel. 22/2623.2691), which prepares authentic Neapolitan pizzas (sold at Milan prices).
Continue along the boardwalk and you will come to the cozy Deck (Orla Bardot 800, tel. 22/2623-1458), at Pousada Casas Brancas, which serves pizzas and other Italian specialties. Head up the stairs (don’t forget to make reservations) to reach the hotel’s other restaurant, the 74, which is also open to non-guests (tel. 22/2623-1458).
On the way to Praia dos Ossos, Italian restaurant Peixe Vivo (Orla Bardot 805, tel. + 55 22 2623-1850) is housed in a beautiful old mansion, steps from the sea. A live jazz band entertains the guests.
At Rua das Pedras, it’s easy to miss the inconspicuous entrance of Cigalon (Rua das Pedras, 199, tel. 22/2623-0932) – one of the best restaurants in Búzios, with a romantic ambiance and French cuisine. If you want to sink your teeth into some good steak, head to the traditional steakhouse Estancia Don Juan (Rua da Pedras, 178, tel. 22/2623-2169), which offers all the traditional cuts of meat. (If you are looking for an authentic Argentine steak restaurant, try San Telmo Parilla Argentina, next to the Ferradura beach portal – José Bento Ribeiro Dantas 997, tel. 22/2623-2213).
If you see a crowd gathering around a restaurant, chances are you have stumbled across Chez Michou crêperie (Rua das Pedras 90, tel. 22/2623-2169), the most iconic place at Rua das Pedras. The well-filled crepes have distinct Brazilian flavors (such as chicken with creamyCcatupiry cheese or cheese with banana) and make for an affordable meal.
Located in one of the side streets, o Pimenta Síria (César Augusto São Luís 225, tel. 22/2623-9091) serves nicely made Arab food in portions that are big enough to share. Order a combo meal or go for the all-you-can-eat option. If you’re looking for a lively place, Mr. Brad (Manoel Turíbio de Farias, 223, tel. 22/2623-6641), on the street parallel to Rua das Pedras, features live samba music, finger food and drinks with cheerful umbrellas. For a good draft beer (chopp in Portuguese), stop by the Noi brewery (Manoel Turíbio de Farias, 110, tel. 22/2623-4409).
The Porto da Barra restaurant complex (José Bento Ribeiro Dantas 2900, tel. 22/2529-2731) is located next to the pier of Manguinhos beach, closer to Geribá than to the center of Búzios. Those who are staying in Geribá will find here plenty of restaurants to try something different every day – and those who are staying near Rua das Pedras can change their dining scene and start the night with a beautiful sunset.
A great sunset spot is the bar Anexo (tel. 22/2623-7302). The location at Porto da Barra is much more enjoyable than the one at Orla Bardot. The fun Cadillac Art Bar (tel. + 22/988-897-669) serves hamburgers in a vintage setting. A rock band keeps the party going. For outstanding drinks, drop by the Belli Belli gastrobar (tel. 22/2623-0820) – if you get hungry, order the generous serving of pork ribs with Jack Daniel’s BBQ, which is made to be shared.
The selection of restaurants at Porto da Barra is diverse. Zuza (tel. 22/2623-0519) is known for its excellent risotto and seafood dishes. Dona Jô‘s menu (tel. 22/2623-6303) combines Brazilian and Italian cuisine. Juanito (tel. 22/2623-1153) was opened by the former maître of the now defunct Cheval Blanc. And the Cais de Gaia (tel. 22/983-220-574) is a Portuguese tavern in Porto da Barra.
Things To Do In Búzios
Búzios has more than 20 beaches, but don’t feel obligated to see them all. Spending a day beach-hopping in Búzios is a surefire way to miss out on a day at the beach. Búzios’ beaches are best enjoyed one at a time.
Azeda & Azedinha
The most graceful pair of beaches lies very close to the center. Access to the beaches of Azeda and Azedinha is by water taxi or on foot, going up a hill on the rightside corner of Praia dos Ossos, and then descending a wooden staircase. (To get to Praia dos Ossos, it’s best to go by taxi, van or on foot – it’s a 15 to 20-minute walk along the Orla Bardot from the center.) At the end of the steps, you arrive at Azeda beac. The narrow strip of sand is framed by an old mansion and surrounding hills, covered in green.
Azedinha can be accessed via a path built on the stones, on the rightside of Azeda. The two beaches have calm and clear waters; a delight for swimming. Wooden boat-shaped bars provide beachside service, serving drinks and snacks, and renting chairs and umbrellas. Caution: both Azeda and Azedinha get very packed on holidays and in high season. Go early in the morning to enjoy this perfect pair of beaches without having to fight the crowds for a spot on the sand.
João Fernandes and João Fernandinho
João Fernandes and João Fernandinho are two other wonderful beaches for swimming, located at the tip of the Búzios peninsula. To get there, go by car (attention: parking is very hard to find), taxi, water taxi or van. João Fernandes has a wider strip of sand and calm seas with small waves. It’s livelier and, in addition to bars, there are real restaurants. (By the way, this is hands down the favorite beach of Argentineans in Búzios.)
João Fernandinho is smaller, quieter and more secluded (and the beach kiosk owners are more willing to negotiate the price of chair and umbrella rental than those of the neighboring beach). There is no direct access from João Fernandes to João Fernandinho; you have to walk up the hill on rua João Fernandes until you get to the staircase that leads down to João Fernandinho.
The nice beach of Tartaruga has calm waters and a nice strip of sand, although still on the narrow side. In addition to the kiosks that line the beach, there is also a smart restaurant facing the beach. By late afternoon, when it is much quieter, the sunset makes the beach look even more beautiful. You can access Tartaruga by water taxi, van or car. There are private parking lots near the beach entrance.
With calm and shallow waters, and accessible without steep hills or stairways, Ferradura is one of the preferred beaches for families travelling with children. You can access Ferradura by car (park near the left corner, or along the residential streets), by taxi, van or on foot (the walk from the city is not particularly scenic). Ferradura is like a water playground: there are pedal boats, stand-up paddle, kayak rental, everything you need for a fun day with children. The ocean may not be as beautiful and crystal-clear as the other beaches, but Ferradura does offer a much longer and wider strip of sand, which even in high season can handle the large crowds (the firm sand is great for walking along the sea shore). For grown-ups without kids, there is also a charming, exclusive beach lounge – Eden (tel. 22/2623-2172), at the Insólito hotel, tucked away in the left corner of the beach (minimal consumption starts at R$ 200, January/2017). No need for luxury? You will find several beach kiosks that rent chairs and sell drinks and snacks.
Ferradurinha is another picture-perfect cove — and, being a miniature version, even more beautiful than Ferradura. Access to Ferradurinha is along the left corner of Geribá beach, via a small street that is called Caminho da Ferradurinha (Ferradurinha trail) for obvious reasons. There are some private parking lots in the area, but if everything is full, you can also park in the parking spaces at Geribá. If you don’t have a car, take a taxi (you can also take a van but it will be a long walk from the drop-off point to the beach). Wedged between two small hills, Ferradurinha is absolutely gorgeous and has calm and transparent seas.
Spend the day swimming and looking for turtles, SUP around on a stand-up paddle board or climb up on the rocks for a privileged view of the beach. It is worth arriving early to grab a good spot on the sand. It gets especially crowded on holidays and throughout the summer. There are beach kiosks that rent chairs and sell drinks and snacks but prices are some of the highest you will find in Búzios.
Geribá is the youngest beach in Búzios — this is where you would have loved to learn how to surf when you were 16. The beach is long and wide, with room for everyone: the beach tennis players, freestyle beach footballers and those who just want to soak up the sun.
The sea in Geribá has waves, which is why the various surf and body-board schools have set up shop here. (Tip: on the left side of the beach, the waves are smaller). There are also plenty of beach kiosks that rent chairs and serve snacks. Another option is to combine a visit to the beach with a trip to nearby Geribá for lunch or dinner in the restaurant complex of Porto da Barra. To get to Geribá, take a taxi, van or car.
Praia Brava means ‘rough sea beach’. On a short trip to Búzios, you should explore the beaches where you can spend the day enjoying the calm sea. However, if you have more than three days, Praia Brava is worth a visit as the view is truly spectacular. Those who prefer a pampered lazy day on the beach and aren’t afraid of a 3-digit bill, should head to left side of the beach and grab one of the loungers at Silk, which even has a swimming pool (tel. 22/2623-3083) or make themselves comfortable at Rocka (tel. 22/2623-6159), which features one of the best restaurants in Búzios. For a more low-cost option, rent your beach chairs on the right side of the beach. Go to Praia Brava by car or by taxi. A walk from the city center takes approximately 30 minutes.
Olho de Boi
The nude beach in Búzios is hidden away and only accessible by a steep 20-minute trail from Praia Brava. The sea is often rough but the scenery is quite beautiful. The beach attracts a lot of gay men. We don’t recommend Olho de Boi for women traveling alone, as there have been isolated reports of harassment (by straight men).
Praia do Forno
Although not far from the city center, Praia do Forno is usually off the tourist radar and unjustly so. The seas are calm and the sand has an interesting reddish color. There are fewer beach services at Praia do Forno than at other beaches, but you will have no problems renting an umbrella and chairs. Go by taxi or car.
How Much Does It Cost To Stay At The Beach?
The practice of charging a minimum consumption by the beach kiosks in Búzios was prohibited, but it still happens in a less obvious way. For example, if you ask to rent a set of chairs and umbrella, the answer will probably be: “we don’t charge for the chairs, but we only ask that you have lunch in our beach kiosk”. In general, you are expected to spend at least R$60 in snacks and drinks. Anyone who does not intend to eat or consume anything should try to negotiate; the rental fee for an umbrella and two chairs ranges from R$20 to R$50. Also ask to see the prices on the menu before deciding where to sit: some beach kiosks may charge a whopping R$12 for a can of Heineken beer. (Prices for January/2017.)
Don’t want to rent any chair or lounger? No problem! Beaches in Brazil are public. Just lay your canga on any empty spot on the sand and make yourself comfortable. (You can bring along your snacks and beverages, too.)
Things To Do Around Town
Rua das Pedras
Búzios has some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, but part of the resort’s charm comes from Rua das Pedras. Closed to cars, the picturesque cobblestone street is lined with shops that remain open until late at night. Musicians and DJs liven up the bars, and droves of people enjoy their evening stroll (“footing”, in Portuguese). The nightly pedestrian traffic spills over into the parallel street, Manoel Turíbio de Farias, and various small cross streets. Besides famous brands that you will find in the upscale malls of Rio de Janeiro, you will also find ice cream shops, crafts and souvenir shops and all types of services (pharmacies, tour operators, taxi stands, etc.). Many shops only open late afternoon, but the services operate all day (and often at night).
Orla Bardot parallels the beach of Armação with a well-maintained boardwalk, honoring the most famous visitor to this seaside resort – French actress Brigitte Bardot, whose visits in the 1960s made Búzios world famous.
As you stroll along the boardwalk, from Rua das Pedras to Praia dos Ossos, you will encounter the statue of Brigitte Bardot, the impressive sculpture entitled The Three Fishermen, as well as a tribute to former President Juscelino Kubitschek, another regular visitor to Búzios.
There are a number of guided day tours in and around Búzios. All tours can be booked at the tour operators in the city center.
City tour by taxi:
Búzios taxi drivers offer a simple city tour charging R$ 120 an hour (January/2017). A common one-hour itinerary includes the beaches of João Fernandes, Brava, Forno, Ferradora, Geribá and Porto da Barra – there is no time for swimming, just a quick peek from the viewpoints.
City tour by trolley
This is a 2-hour sightseeing tour in an open trolley that takes you to 12 beaches in Búzios, without stopping for a swim. The tour starts at R$ 60 per person (January/2017).
City tour by beach buggy
Those who want to ride in a beach buggy but don’t feel like driving, can opt for an 80-minute tour, taking you along 8 beaches and 3 lookouts, with a quick stop for a swim at Praia de João Fernandes. The tour starts at R$ 60 per person (January/2017).
This is the best-selling tour in Búzios, recommended for those who don’t mind large groups and have a high tolerance for loud music. The tours last 2.5 hours and includes three stops for a swim. The evening tour ends at Praia da Tartaruga. The tour costs R$ 50 per person (January/2017).
For a more intimate experience, book a ride on a glass-bottom catamaran (R$ 140 per person, January/2017) or a tour on a fishing boat equipped with a BBQ for grilling fish (R$ 180 per hour, for up to 10 people – January/2017).
Arraial do Cabo
35 kilometers (22 miles) from the center of Búzios (a 50-minute drive), Arraial do Cabo has the most beautiful beaches of continental Brazil when it comes to the color of the sea. The powder-white sand gives the sea at Arraial stunning shades of emerald green, baby-blue and turquoise.
By car, follow the directions from Búzios towards Cabo Frio, cross the small city center and then continue to Arraial.
There are full day guided tours to Arraial do Cabo departing from Búzios. All include a boat trip (visiting Praia do Forno, without disembarking, Pontal do Atalaia, with a half-hour stop, and Praia do Farol, with a half-hour stop). Some tours include a short city tour of Cabo Frio. Prices vary according to the itinerary and the type of transportation; starting at R$ 135 per person (January/2017).
The Búzios nightlife scene is lively and young.
Clube Privilège (José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, 550, tel. + 55 22 2620-8585) has nights of electronic music, and the LUV (José Bento Ribeiro Dantas 552, tel. 22/999-722-455) spins funk and sertanejo. Buda Beach bar and restaurant (José Bento Ribeiro Dantas 534, tel. 22/2623-6194) becomes a popular dance bar with cover bands playing sertanejo, rock and pop.
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