Brazilian Saint-Tropez with its own statue of Bridgitte Bardot. It’s hard to believe Nature managed to fit 23 (!) beaches on a peninsula with only 8 kms of coastline. Armação dos Búzios, usually simplified to “Búzios” (pronounced “boo-zee-ous”), was once as a village of fishermen.
It started new life as a holiday spot in the 20th century – first as a vacation spot for rich cariocas, seeking refuge from the bustle of Rio de Janeiro. In 1964, the French cinema star Bridgitte Bardot and her Brazilian boyfriend visited Búzios. This was a turning point – the voyage, widely reported by international media, resulted in global fame and a wave of visitors from all around the world.
Attractions and activities
A variety of beaches means everyone can find an ideal spot, whatever your preferences.
Ferradura is perfect for families, with a wide stretch of sand, serene waters and pedalos for rent. The same is true for João Fernandes though it tends to be crowded due to easy access, bars and restaurants. For a maritime swimming pool, with the warmest waters, zero waves and perfect sunsets, choose the Tartaruga beach.
Always wanted to learn surfing and feel the time has come to try? Go to Geribá, a long and wide beach with moderate waves and a bunch of surf schools. Once you know the ropes, check out the adequately-named Brava (Ferocious) Beach with its open sea and wild waves.
If you need calm waters, secluded places – opt for Praia do Forno or Ferradurinha. On the latter, there´s a chance you will see turtles! Fans of skinny-dipping are welcome in the Olho-de-Boi nudist beach.
Teenagers will love Radical Parque, an entertainment park with 12,000 square metres with carts, paintball, climbing and lots of other activities.
What to eat and drink
Buzios has one of the more diverse and rich offers of cuisines on the seaside in the Rio de Janeiro State – whatever your taste and/or budget, you should find for you. A traditional, tried-and-true but not so cheap choice is the Restaurante do David (near Rua das Pedras).
There are plenty of options in Porto da Barra, a gastronomy complex on the Manguinhos beach.
For the more shoestring style of tourism, we recommend the pier on Praia da Armação, with kiosks offering full dishes at friendly prices. A local must-see (or rather, must-eat) is the San Paolo ice-cream shop where you can actually see the treat being prepared in front of your eyes on a frozen stone.
While searching for a bus ticket, it is important to pay attention to the bus stations.
Some destinations only have routes to one bus station and others more than one station. Depending on where you will stay in the city, it can make a difference in time and price if you have a choice in bus stations. Here is a brief summary of each station: