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Prainha Beach featuring a sandy beach, a coastal town and general coastal views

Stroll along a scenic promenade dedicated to an iconic French diva, admire gorgeous colonial architecture and scuba dive in pristine bays.

Búzios is a picturesque resort town adorned with seemingly countless sandy beaches and verdant, rocky outcrops. As it’s a popular destination for residents of Rio de Janeiro, the town has many vacation lodgings, bars and clubs. During the day, discover the historic architecture tucked away amid its cobbled lanes. Try all manner of watersports along the beautiful coastline.

Stroll through the quaint alleys of the town center and stop to admire picturesque spots such as Sant’Anna Church and Santos Dumont Square. Walk along the Orla Bardot promenade, named after French actress and singer Brigitte Bardot. Bardot was responsible for bringing the town to international attention after she visited with her Brazilian boyfriend in 1964.

Enjoy perfect tranquility as you work on your tan at one of the area’s stunning beaches. Among the main strands are Geriba Beach, Canto Beach and Ferradurinha Beach. Make use of the strong winds to go sailing by Manguinhos Beach or Ossos Beach. The latter is where whaling was practiced in the early 1700s.

For a change of scenery, wander along the woodland trails that meander through the exotic vegetation of the Reserva Serra das Emerências. Experience utter peace and quiet on the reserve’s Tucuns Beach, named for the type of palm trees found on it.

Make your way southwest to the colonial gem of Cabo Frio, less than an hour away by car. Clamber over the shifting sand dunes of Dunas Beach and Forte Beach. The latter has a rocky outcrop holding the São Mateus Fort, among the oldest colonial structures in the region.

Búzios is located in the state of Rio de Janeiro in the southeastern part of Brazil. Arrive at the Rio de Janeiro International Airport and drive east to get here in just under 3 hours. Alternatively, take a long-distance bus from one of the tour operators in Rio de Janeiro. Note that the town is particularly popular in December, when Brazilian students have vacation time and the weather is fairly dry and hot.

Vila d'este handmade hospitality hotel
Vila d'este handmade hospitality hotel
4 out of 5
Alto do Humaitá Nº 11, Centro, Buzios, RJ
The price is CA $148 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Humaita, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buziosnauta and Rua das Pedras. Joao Fernandes Beach and Ferradura Beach are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (197 reviews)
"Our stay at Vila D’este was spectacular. The service is beyond five stars; everyone goes above and beyond to make your stay as wonderful as possible. A very sincere and special thank you to Marcos and Omar at the reception desk, as well as Perecyles and Rodnei at the breakfast buffet. They and the ..."

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2021

Vila d'este handmade hospitality hotel
Bamboo Búzios Hostel
Bamboo Búzios Hostel
1.5 out of 5
Rua Das Pedras 25, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $35 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in Downtown Buzios, this beach hostel is steps from Canto Beach and Rua das Pedras. Ferradura Beach and Joao Fernandes Beach are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (56 reviews)
Nice hostel, that is in great location!
"Great hostel, with amazing staff! Location is perfect!"

Reviewed on Jan. 20, 2018

Bamboo Búzios Hostel
Hotel Aretê
Hotel Aretê
4 out of 5
Alameda Andorinhas, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro
The price is CA $69 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
Located in Marina, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Rasa Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Geriba Beach and Ferradura Beach. Canto Beach and Orla Bardot are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (19 reviews)
"Brand new hotel, super nice decoration. Room was very comfortable, nice view of the Marina, amazing breakfast, very friendly personnel. Really recommend! Just FYI, it’s not very close to the city center, you must have a car."

Reviewed on Jan. 27, 2020

Hotel Aretê
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Was traveling around Brazil for 4 weeks and Búzios was my favorite! Absolutely amazing. Very safe, very beautiful shopping in the centre near by I just loved it

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