10 Best Things to Do in Búzios
Its setting on a peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches, together with lively nightlife, chic shopping, excellent restaurants and more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Rio de Janeiro state make the lovely beach resort of Buzios a truly compelling destination.
The buzzing town is a favorite weekend getaway for wealthy cariocas (Rio locals), but it still offers glimpses of its past as a sleepy fishing village, and there’s plenty of opportunity to escape the crowds here.
The town came to the world’s attention in the 1960s, when screen siren Brigitte Bardot holidayed here with her Brazilian boyfriend of the time, and the world’s press gathered to snap the legendary beauty relaxing in her bikini.
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The tropical beach paradise garnered almost as much attention as Bardot herself, and developers were quick to realise the touristic potential.
Today it throngs with holiday makers at weekends and public holidays, but can be blissfully quiet during the low season, when temperatures hover at around 30 degrees, rather than the scorching 40-degree heat of Brazilian summer.
It can be tempting to spend a trip here just lazing on the beach by day and partying by night, but there’s plenty more to see and do. Here’s our pick of the ten top activities in and around Buzios.
Take a daytrip on a party schooner
There are numerous party boats that leave Buzios for the nearby beaches, many of which have a party theme. Trips last around five-six hours, with stops for swimming and sunbathing.
Try your hand at surfing or standup paddle
Surfers flock to Geriba beach to catch some of the best waves in Buzios, and there’s a surf school – Sharks – right on the beach, with classes for kids and adults.
If you fancy something more gentle, Standup Paddle is a hot favorite at the moment, and there are boards to be rented – and classes forr newcomers to the sport – at many of the beaches here.
Stroll along the Orla Bardot
Brigitte may have left long ago, but her image remains – there’s a bronze seated of the 1960s icon seated on a bench on Buzios’ central promenade – known as Orla Bardot.
Take a scuba-diving trip in Arraial do Cabo
A short drive from Buzios, the small town of Arraial do Cabo has been nicknamed the ‘Caribbean of Brazil’ for its white sands and crystal clear waters, which make it a prime spot for scuba diving.
Shop for swimwear
One of the most glamorous beach destinations in Brazil, Buzios is a top spot for high end swimwear.
Dine out in style
An influx of Argentine restaurateurs means there’s ample opportunity to dine out on prime steak, while there’s fine French cuisine at the elegant Cigalon, overlooking the bay
Stay in chic guest houses
Visitors to Rio de Janeiro often complain that hotels in the city rarely merit their high price tag, but it’s a different story in Buzios.
Boutique hotels and pousadas (small, independent guest houses) abound here, and are some of the most charming in the country.
Eat and drink in your swimwear at Rocka
At Praia Brava, diners can enjoy fresh seafood from the comfort of a mattress overlooking the sands and crashing waves.
Party with the beautiful people
Buzios is a hotspot for partying during the summer high season and its many happening bars attract a famously glamorous crowd.
Find your perfect beach
There are 23 beaches in Buzios, so you’re sure to find your own version of paradise. Take a taxi boat or hire a beach buggy to hop from one spot to the next.
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Writen by Lucy Bryson