Highlights and main attractions of Buzios

Famously visited by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s when it was little more than a picturesque colonial fishing village, Buzios has since transformed into a chic resort with the sophisticated air of a French Riviera resort like St Tropez. Its real charms lie the colonial houses, many beautiful beaches and bays spread over the peninsula, cobbled streets like Rua das Pedras that are peppered with boutiques and restaurants, and the old fishing boats that punctuate the waters along the main promenade.

At the north-eastern end of the Rio de Janeiro state, Buzios is just two hours from Rio de Janeiro city, so it’s great if you fancy a more sedate pace away from the state capital and the two can be easily combined into one itinerary. Set on a peninsula between the Atlantic and the coastal maritime currents, it enjoys a good year-round climate, although it is known to be busy during summer months when the Cariocas from Rio use it as a weekend retreat.  

Its natural setting means there are many interesting coastal walks and beaches to explore.

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Activities and Exploration

Take a walk along the beautiful wooden waterside promenade leading towards Praia Joao Fernandes taking in gorgeous bars, colourful colonial houses and several bronze statues paying homage to important figures in Buzios' history, including Brigitte Bardot. The walk takes about 45 minutes each way and at the end you will find three small coves with good swimming possible.

Several boats trips are available around town or through pousadas and hotels. Some take you around the north of the Buzios peninsula beaches and two small islands. Another popular one is to nearby Arraial Do Cabo, one hour from Buzios. Here white sand beaches and crystal clear waters await, with boat trips available to the most picturesque beach, backed by a dramatic sand dune.

Whilst it is still busy during weekends and holidays, the emergence of high quality pousadas and hotels such as the evocative Brava Hotel and affordable eateries in the village makes this place a rare combination of accessible and glitzy for travellers.

These days, you need not be a well-heeled Carioca to enjoy Buzios' coastline, gastronomy and nightlife.

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