Introduction to Buzios
Búzios is one of the prettiest places in Brazil, and possibly in the world. Any visitor will be able to understand why it is regularly voted amongst the top ten most beautiful places on the planet. The romantic charm of Búzios is not just in the quaint old fishing village with its winding cobblestone streets and picturesque harbor. It occupies part of a small peninsula ringed by 25 beautiful tropical beaches. They range in size from small and secluded, accessible by trails or by boat, to long, open and golden, where the beautiful people of Brazil come to relax. Every beach is washed by cool, crystal clear water. On the windier Atlantic side, the surf is wilder on the rocky coast. The sheltered beaches of the bay are more tranquil, with turquoise waters lapping the shore.
Trails cross the peninsula, passing over headlands with views of the paradise beaches and boats in the harbor, or of the endless wild Atlantic Ocean. The lush green vegetation contrasts dramatically with the azure sky and golden sun. The views of Búzios from the sea are equally magnificent, with boat-trips taking visitors to small islands that sparkle in the bay, and to tiny, empty beaches kept hidden by cliffs. The small fishing village of Búzios began to develop into Brazil’s premier holiday destination in the 1960’s. Being only two hours from Rio de Janeiro, it quickly became a popular escape from the city, and it has been having the same effect on visitors that it had when Brigitte Bardot discovered its romantic charms, without ever losing its appeal.
After relaxing on a stunning beach, if you like to finish the day with a meal beneath the stars, with the noise of the waves to accompany it, there is no better place than Búzios.
What not to miss in Buzios
Búzios has 25 beaches, all different sizes and with distinct characters yet all beautiful in their own way. It is possible to visit every one of them, whether you choose to do so an easy stroll, a walk along the trails of the peninsula, or by boat.
Búzios is actually made up from three small towns. Ossos is the charming old fishing village with the harbor and the old houses. Armação de Búzios has the best restaurants, and Manguinhos has boutiques galore for all your shopping needs.
If you want to explore the area away from Búzios, there are beaches all along the coast; including the stunning white sand dunes of Cabo Frio, with Arraial do Cabo and its lighthouse close by.
What you need to know
When to go
There is no bad time of year to travel to Búzios as the sun shines all year round! With average annual temperatures around 77ºF (25˚C) the temperature is not too hot or too cold…it is just right. Of course, there are busier times of the year such as from December through March which is summer in the Southern Hemisphere. July is also particularly busy as Brazilian schools break up for vacation and is a very popular time for families visiting the beaches of Buzios. For a quieter time, plan on visiting between April and August where you’ll be able to have Buzios heavenly beaches to yourself and the prices are a bit lower than in the high season. For a happy medium, the shoulder months of September and November are the perfect balance between there being a small crowd but nothing too excessive.
How to get there
Búzios is around 180km east of Rio de Janeiro. Many international carriers have direct schedule flights from Europe and North America to Rio. It is also possible to fly there from any major Brazilian or South American city. Búzios is only two hours along the coast road.
Where to stay
Búzios has long been a favorite destination for the rich and famous of Brazil and further afield. It has all the facilities that you would expect from a world-class resort alongside the beautiful scenery. There are many excellent hotels with stunning views from the bedrooms that are as good as anywhere on the planet. Even the slightly cheaper accommodation in Buzios can amaze you. Búzios is almost as famous for its seafood as its scenery. The food ranges from cheap fresh seafood cooked on the beach to top-class restaurants serving Brazilian and international cuisine cooked with the finest, freshest ingredients.
Shopping is the favorite activity away from the beach and the sea. There are a number of excellent boutiques in Búzios, selling clothes by Brazilian and international designers.
For traveling around the area, boats or taxis are necessary and easy to find. Buses also run along the coast road to other beach towns. It is possible to hire a car in Rio if you prefer to explore a little further afield. If you collect a hire car from the international airport in Rio and drive directly to Buzios, it also means you won’t need to negotiate too much of the traffic in the Brazilian metropolis.