Few reasons to visit Búzios in the state of Rio de Janeiro

Búzios, Praia de Geribá from one corner.

This Peninsula paradise 180 kilometers from Rio has beaches of Caribbean blue, historical heritage and many options for enjoying day and night. Buzios is a popular getaway from the city of Rio de Janeiro and a worldwide tourist site, especially among Brazilians and Argentinians. In the past, Buzios was popular with the Carioca’s high society, who wanted to escape from the chaotic city life of Rio de Janeiro and enjoy over 23 beaches that the peninsula offers. But it wasn’t until 1964, when the French actress Brigitte Bardot visited Búzios, that it grew to be a popular international tourist destination.

Today, the peninsula is a travelling site that offers calmness, direct contact with nature and scenic views. The west coast beaches offer calm, clear waters while the east coast ones, facing the open sea, are more wild and draw surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Azeda, Ferradura, João Fernandes and Armação are amongst the most popular beaches in town. At night, Rua das Pedras, Buzios’ main street, offers its visitors an active nightlife and a great variety of shopping and restaurants.

Forbes Magazine dubbed Búzios, The Hamptons’ Sexy Brazilian Twin on an article in 2015 and confirmed what we just said: you can surf all day and dance all night, or eat, shop, and repeat. The New York Times in 2003(wow!) said Búzios earned the frequent comparison to St.-Tropez and that despite this glamorous reputation, Búzios is still a small town, and one that invariably reveals the country’s economic struggles through the veneer of a vacation resort.

The Búzios Península is easy to navigate.
The Búzios Península is easy to navigate.

The João Fernandes beach enchanted Brigitte Bardot in the 60s

The resort town of Buzios, 180 miles from Rio, has some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Added to this, a good selection of food and nightlife attract 2 million visitors to the city. Half of this are locals in search of quiet and sunny day, as well as people from Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo representing almost 20% of the tourists, while foreigners, mainly Argentines and Uruguayans, add another 30%. The worldwide fame came with a visit from actress Brigitte Bardot in 1964. The French lady was delighted with the wilder beaches of the region, mountains and lush green. Over the past 40 years, Buzios has grown more sophisticated with the opening of resorts, luxury hotels, designer shops and many restaurants, but it still preserves the nature that enchants visitors in the peninsula. Below we list 10 reasons to travel there this season.

The Bardot statue in Buzios.
The Bardot statue in Buzios.

Beaches for all tastes

A peninsula indented coastline, Buzios has open sea beaches and agitated, marked by cold temperature. They are the delight of surfers, such as the trendy Geribá. Those who prefer calm waters and no waves, the city has closed beaches like Azeda and Azedinha, protected by walls of stone. And Ferradura (Horseshoe) beach, baptized with that name because of its shape, forms a huge natural clear swimming pool. Another icon is that of Joao Fernandinho, which is only 100 meters longe and is known for the beautiful colors of its waters.

Búzios, Praia de Geribá from one corner.
Búzios, Praia de Geribá from one corner.

How about a boat?

For those not adept of adventure, navigating the calm waters of the region is the most suitable way of knowing the coast. The tours include the beaches of Manguinhos and Rasa Island, with stops for swimming. The company Shop Tour takes visitors to navigate in a catamaran with freshwater shower and panoramic windows at the bottom of the boat, allowing the observation of marine fauna. There are three daily departures at 9am, 12:30 and 15:30, with three hours of programming. It costs $ 60.00, but children under 10 years have discount.

Centuries of history

Búzios also has historical sites. One of the oldest is the Sant’Anna Church, which began construction in 1740. The small white building on the left side of the Praia dos Ossos, has a slave cemetery behind it. Installed on top of a hill, has an incredible view over the beaches of Armacao and Ossos beach.

The Santanna Church at Praia dos Ossos in Buzios.

Watch the sunset

Especially beautiful in the Orla Bardot and Turtle Beach, the sunset in Buzios is spectacular. If the visitor choose the Porto da Barra in Manguinhos to spend your evening you can enjoy fresh fish and crabs to the sound of Carmina Burana, from the German Carl Orff. There are 13 dining options including pizza, Italian and Argentine cuisine cafeteria. At Praia da Tartaruga, the calm waters beach is good for those seeking tranquility and it is great to spend the sunset in a scenery to rest your eyes, and the water is usually less cold, has good structure, surrounded by kiosks. The access to Praia da Tartaruga can be done by dirt road, from the main street of Búzios, Av. José Bento RIbeiro, shortly before the entrance to Ferradura… there is not much signage, so you have to stay alert.

The sunset at Praia da Tartaruga, Buzios.

Sea cab

An unusual way to arrive at Praia da Azeda, they sit on the beach of Armacao and Praia dos Ossos, and cost only $ 5.00 per person. The small boat sails in calm water and often the trip is done with the company of shoals of fish.

Healthy Winds

Year-round sunshine and winds favor the practice of kitesurfing and windsurfing. For the first one, it is more common that practitioners stay in Praia Rasa, which has calm sea. In Buzios Kitesurf School, private lessons for beginners cost R$ 185.00 an hour and a crash course with six hours, $ 1,000.00. If the preference is for windsurfing, one hour course costs $ 400.00 in school Búzios Vela Clube.

Walking at Rua das Pedras (Street of Stones)

There are from sophisticated designer shops such as Osklen till handicrafts produced by local people. During the walk, if you get hungry, eat a crêpe at Chez Michou, which has 30 options of savory crepes and over 20 types of sweet crepes. It opened there in the early 80s, before the charming street was nationally known. Rua das Pedras is lined by restaurants and boutiques selling beachwear, sunglasses, jewelry, sandals and artwork.

Búzios, downtown, Rua das Pedras.

Nightlife

It is during the night that Búzios boils. The Privilege is on the edge of Orla Bardot and has large dance floors, bars and even a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant. To enter, you must pay on average of $ 80.00. The Spanish subsidiary Pasha is in the city with capacity up to 1000 people. It’s soundtrack is dedicated to electronic music and DJs bring foreigners to run the pick-ups. A ticket costs about R$ 60.00 male and female, R$ 30.00.

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Joe Conno
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.