If you like laidback beach culture, boutiques and bars with a little history thrown in; it’s time to visit Buzios.
With its close proximity and accessibility to Rio de Janeiro, Buzios is a popular tourist attraction for locals and visitors alike. Once a humble fishing village – and before that a favoured haunt for pirates and slave traders – this now lively Brazilian coastal resort is home to a good number of bars, boutiques and restaurants, though still retains some of its original charm.
There’s a lot to love about Buzios. With almost 30 nearby beaches and a plethora of fine local guesthouses, it's no secret that this is one of the country's most cherished coastal destinations; partly thanks to Brigitte Bardot who visited the (then sleepy) Buzios with her Brazilian beau, sparking a surge of interest that has since transformed the peninsula into the French Riviera of Brazil. However, despite Buzios’ popularity with Rio residents on weekend trips, it is still possible to find your own private spot and the lively atmosphere is interspersed with laidback beach vibes.
So, among the cobblestone streets, promenades and plazas, you can expect countless local eateries and nightspots, particularly if visiting Rua das Pedras for a late-night drink. Then, between long and lazy afternoon lunches or sunbathing on the beach, why not take a boat trip or try your hand at various watersports which this region of Brazil is also known for, all the while with a cosy pousada or boutique hotel to come home to each evening.
Learn to surf
Surfing is surely one of the must-do activities for active types visiting Brazil! There are few better places to do it than the picturesque coastline of Buzios, a city known for its love of watersports. So grab a board, book yourself in for a lesson and hit the waves in true Brazilian style!
Take a boat tour
It is impossible to spend time on the coast and not enjoy at least one voyage out on the open ocean. This is made all the easier thanks to the crystalline waters and exotic tree-lined bays which surround Buzios, whether feeling the thrill of the speedboat ride or taking it easy on a slower paced vessel; bliss.
The old fishing town
It is easy to forget that Buzios is, in fact, a historical place which dates back to the 16th century. Some of this history can be glimpsed through the age-old architecture and cobblestone streets of the original settlement, which is well worth a visit.