Armação dos Búzios, usually just called Búzios, sits on the coastline about 100 miles from the Brazilian metropolis of Rio de Janeiro. This was a small, sleepy fishing village until the 1960, when it gained headlines after becoming popular among vacationing celebrities, namely French movie icon Brigitte Bardot. In fact, a statue of Bardot sits in the middle of the town. Even with all of the press, Búzios retains its original sense of quiet and calm. It is easy to see why travelers fell in love with this place. There are more than 20 beaches within five miles of the town. Many of these are secluded and protected from the Atlantic by small coves and bays. This means the water is calm and warm and the sands are never overcrowded.
Búzios has a dynamic that is rarely found in beach resorts: it has thriving nightlife, shopping and dining scenes, but these features do not seem to interfere at all with the peacefulness of many of the beaches. Since there are so many options when it comes to sandy stretches, you can choose the best fit for your needs or your mood.
Most of the beaches are located on a peninsula. There are regular surf breaks on the ocean-facing beaches. Geriba Beach is the most popular locations for surfers. It is also one of the most social places in Búzios, so you can come here if you are looking for a lively and youthful beach scene. On the other side of the peninsula, beaches like Canto and Armação are right next to the original fishing village in the area. Colorful boats are anchored in the naturel harbor, so visitors can get a glimpse of the slow-paced local lifestyle. Manguinhos Beach, meanwhile, is a long stretch of sand that is popular with kite surfers because of the steady winds.
Two scuba divings schools are located in Búzios. They are both experienced at training and certifying novices. People who don’t want to head under the waves can ride on top of them by taking some surf lessons on Geriba Beach. Boat tours are offered by a number of companies and many good hotels have their own yachts that can take their guests on private cruises. Some of the larger boats have bathrooms and full bars . You can also find equipment and instruction for other actives such as kite surfing, stand-up paddling, kayaking and fishing.
One of the most secluded beaches on the peninsula is Ferradura. Shaped like a horse shoe and further protected by a rocky point, its waters are always clear, calm and warm. One of the best hotels on the peninsula, the Insólito Boutique Hotel, is located right next to the sands of Ferradura. Because of the beach’s protected location, this is one of the most coveted hotels in Búzios. In a minute, I will tell you more about Insólito and show you how you can stay there.
One of the reasons that Búzios is so attractive is that it has BOTH a lively tourist town and quiet, secluded beaches. These two features are within walking distance of one another. The Búzios Trolley is a good way to get an overview of the peninsula and see its best sights. During the day, Rua da Pedras is the ideal spot for shopping and dining. At night, this quaint stone street turns into a lively entertainment area, with nightclubs and bars staying open until the wee hours. Another popular place to congregate is Orla Bardot, which is a beachfront promenade that offers its own impressive menu of shopping and eating options.
As we have already mentioned, the Insólito Boutique Hotel is one of the best accommodation options in the area (follow the link for more information about how to reserve a room there). This luxury inn was once a private residence. Its suites overlook the beach and are nestled in the lush foliage that covers much of the peninsula. Most of the larger rooms and suites have balconies that look out over the water. The onsite spa and delicious dining options, as well as the unbeatable location, make this the perfect place to stay during a holiday in Brazil’s best beach destinations.
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