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Travel Guide
Prainha Beach featuring general coastal views, a coastal town and a beach

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.

Where to stay in Buzios

Coronado Beach
Coronado Beach
3 out of 5
Praia de João Fernandes lot 14,15 e 16, Quadra B, Buzios, RJ
The price is NZ$78 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Located in Joao Fernandes, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Joao Fernandes Beach, Ossos Beach and Azeda Beach. Orla Bardot and Rua das Pedras are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (123 reviews)
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Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2012

Coronado Beach
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 NZ$186 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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! (217 reviews)
"My second time here and had a wonderful stay as expected. This is a very nice hotel. Great staff, great condition, beautiful location and amazing food. Would be back anytime"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2021

Vila d'este handmade hospitality hotel
La Pedrera Small Hotel & Spa
La Pedrera Small Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
RUA 4 Quadra C Lote 52-53, Praia João Fernandes, Buzios, RJ
The price is NZ$83 per night from 27 Jul. to 27 Jul.
Located in Joao Fernandes, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ossos Square and Joao Fernandes Beach. Rua das Pedras and Ferradura Beach are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (195 reviews)
"What a gorgeous place to stay. Breathing views . Great staff . Great room ."

Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2021

La Pedrera Small Hotel & Spa
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