Rio de Janeiro is Brazil's most famous destination. The city is perhaps best known for its beaches and for the stunning rock formations that rise above the sands. Rio de Janeiro state is actually much larger than the famous city by the ocean. Smaller quainter towns line the coast. Some of these places are well known to tourists and others are off-the-beaten-path and are visited only by a few in-the-know vacationers.
Some Rio state destinations have their own sense of glamor and style. Buzios, for example, a favorite destination of French movie icon Brigitte Bardot, boasts two dozen different beaches, stylish boutique hotels and a slower (but still cool) vibe that is hard to find in the city of Rio. This laid-back luxury is mixed with understated style and the kind of funkiness that defined the 1960s and 1970s. The best venues in Rio de Janeiro state capture this balance perfectly and provide a feel that can be found nowhere else on earth.