This Peninsula paradise 180 kilometers from Rio, Búzios has beaches of Caribbean blue, historical heritage and many options for enjoying day and night.
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.
Journey to the sea
Opened in early December at Rua das Pedras, the Visitor Center Park Coral Buzios brings a permanent exhibition that takes the visitor on a virtual trip to the seafloor. The attraction was installed in the colony of fishermen Z-23 and through the monitors installed, it is possible to know the abundant flora and fauna of the natural park. The community of coral that lies at the bottom of the sea, may have its impressive color observed there. Through interactive displays, you can even choose the beach in Buzios for “diving”.
Where: Visitor Center Coral Park. Rua das Pedras 141. From Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to midnight. $ 10.00.
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.
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.
Sunset at Praia da Tartaruga(Turtle beach): vantage point for contemplation
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.
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.
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 in the 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.
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 programming is dedicated to electronic music and DJs bring foreigners to run the pick-ups. A ticket costs $ 60.00 male and female, $ 30.00.