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Buzios, Brazil

Armação dos Búzios (often shortened to just Búzios) is a coastal city in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.
Búzios is more than a city, consisting as it does of a peninsula beach resort with twenty beaches.

In the early 1900s Búzios was an almost unknown village of fishermen. It remained as such until 1964, when the French actress Brigitte Bardot visited Búzios, since then Búzios became popular with the Carioca’s high society, who wanted to escape from the chaotic city life of Rio de Janeiro and enjoy over 23 beaches that the peninsula offers. The city grew to be an international tourist destination.

Today, the peninsula is a traveling site that offers calmness, direct contact with nature and scenic views. The west coast beaches offer calm, clear waters while the east coast ones, facing the open sea, are more wild and draw surfers and... Read more

Buzios, Brazil

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Armação dos Búzios (often shortened to just Búzios) is a coastal city in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.
Búzios is more than a city, consisting as it does of a peninsula beach resort with twenty beaches.

In the early 1900s Búzios was an almost unknown village of fishermen. It remained as such until 1964, when the French actress Brigitte Bardot visited Búzios, since then Búzios became popular with the Carioca’s high society, who wanted to escape from the chaotic city life of Rio de Janeiro and enjoy over 23 beaches that the peninsula offers. The city grew to be an international tourist destination.

Today, the peninsula is a traveling site that offers calmness, direct contact with nature and scenic views. The west coast beaches offer calm, clear waters while the east coast ones, facing the open sea, are more wild and draw surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Azeda, Ferradura, João Fernandes and Armação are amongst the most popular beaches in town. At night, Rua das Pedras, Buzios' main street, offers its visitors an active nightlife and a great variety of shopping and restaurants.

History

During the 16th century, the Tupinambá Indians occupied the area, which is now known as Búzios. During the 17th century, the Europeans invaded what was then a small village, and as a result, the Tupinambá developed strict relationships with the French pirates and smugglers, who were interested in smuggling pau-brasil (famous Brazilian reddish wood) and selling African Slaves. Eventually, the French were expelled by the Portuguese due to their bloody disputes with the Tupinambás, which resulted in a significant decrease in the Indian population in that region.Statue of Brigitte Bardot in Búzios.In the 18th century, the gold trade from Minas Gerais and its exportation to Europe from Rio de Janeiro attracted many ships to the Guanabara Bay. Additionally, the increasing number of ships along the city’s coast brought close attention to the whale hunting practice that took place in that area. The name “Armação dos Búzios,” for instance, comes from the process of separating the meat from the bones. Also, a famous beach in Búzios called “Praia dos Ossos” was named after the great number of whales’ bones found along the shore. Another curious fact about this practice at the time was that the city lights were fueled with whale oil, and the famous Sant’Ana Chapel located on the top of a hill between Praia dos Ossos and Praia da Armação was built with rocks and whale oil as well.

Around 1850 when the slave trade was abolished in Brazil, Búzios was able to establish itself as a city that cultivated agricultural and fishing habits, instead of being just a smuggling, slave-trading and whale-hunting site. With time, the once European dominated city shifted into a community composed by a mix of native descendants, blacks, and interracial citizens. In 1940, Antonio Alipio da Silva was the first political representative to initiate a political life in Búzios. As a consequence, the small town started to grow and attract a greater variety of people. During the mid-1900s, Búzios was already known to Rio’s high society, as it was a relatively reserved beach getaway from the chaotic urban life. However, it was only around 1964, when Brigitte Bardot visited the small town, which Búzios became well known.

When to go

High Season is from November till March and June to July (when Brazilian schools are on holiday). Low season is from March until May and August till October. April and May can be a very good month to go because it is dry and quieter for families looking for relaxing times. December is the busiest month, and it is great for parties, although you may face some lack of basics (water and food supplies) and prices rise substantially. In general, the area can get very congested during the high season, while during the low season there is almost no one there except at weekends. Avoid going in March because it can be quite wet.


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Buzios, Brazil: Port Information


Cruise ships anchor offshore, and passengers are transported ashore to the city center by tender boats.

Get around Buzios, Brazil


Make sure you get a map of the area as the geography can be confusing. There is one main road running east-west with roads to the various beaches leading off from the left and right.

Minivans ply several routes around the peninsula. There is a taxi rank in the town square close to the schooner wharf.

Taking a watertaxi is a great way to get around.

What to see in Buzios, Brazil


  • Beaches. The west-facing beaches offer calm water while the ones facing the open sea, to the east, attract surfers, windsurfers and kite enthusiasts.
Clockwise around the peninsula, the main beaches are:
  • Praia Rasa. Windsurfing and kite surfing and a few pousadas but a bit off the beaten track.
  • Praia de Manguinhos. An extension of Praia Rasa, closer to the downtown area and with more accommodation.
  • Praia da Tartaruga.
  • Praia do Canto. The harbor for the downtown area rather than a beach. Lots of accommodation.
  • Praia da Armação and Praia dos Ossos.
  • Praia João Fernandes. This is an upmarket residential area but the beach is disappointingly small, and at high tide, there is little room.
  • Praia Brava. Surfing beach exposed to the Atlantic. Few facilities.
  • Praia Olho de Boi. Naturist beach reached by following a 500m trail from Praia Brava. Take your refreshments.
  • Praia do Forno. Attractive toe-shaped beach with one small bar.
  • Praia de Ferradura. Large, sheltered beach for swimmers, not surfers. A few bars where the vans stop. One upmarket pousada but little else in the way of accommodation.
  • Praia Ferradurinha. The attractive small beach that can get rather crowded. Only reachable by car. Park at or take a van to Praia de Geribá and walk. From Praia Ferraderinha the fit can swim to Praia dos Amores (Lovers’ Beach), where it is said that “two arrive and three leave.”
  • Praia de Geribá. A popular beach with many bars and restaurants and pousadas either on the beach or in the blocks behind it or on the overlooking hill. Good surfing location and there are several people offering surfing lessons (look for the upright surfboards in the sand).
  • Praia Tucuns. Long, almost deserted beach with no facilities other than a large, unattractive resort at the far end.
  • Rua das Pedras (street of stones) is a street that gives its name to the downtown area on the north coast that offers restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
  • Statue of Brigette Bardot. The peninsula was popularized by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s, and a statue of her can be found on the seafront a short distance east of the wharf in the downtown area.
  • The views. There are several viewpoints (mirantes) around Buzios. On the top of a hill close to Praia Brava, there is a tower that offers good views of much of the peninsula. The road up to it is not very good, but it is about reachable with an ordinary saloon car.

What to do in Buzios, Brazil


  • Boat trips through the beaches
A 2.5-hour schooner trip goes round the beaches and out to the islands off the north coast. Fresh fruit is served, and it often stops for an optional swim in the ocean near the beach and then stops at the beach itself. More than one company provides such tours, and they are easy to find. Go out on the long dock from downtown and people will be there promoting the next trip with flyers. This is the better alternative than using one of the local travel agencies as, particularly in the low season, they may sell you a trip that is canceled for lack of passengers, and you will then have to wait for the next one offered by the same company. 
  • Scuba diving
There are two excellent and certified scuba diving instruction schools, which both do daily trips for beginners and experienced divers. They are located across the street from each other on the main street by the beach downtown.
  • Surf Lessons at Geriba beach 
There are about 10 surf schools that teach all ages, as well as one girls' surf school, "Surfer Girls."
  • Annual Jazz Festival
Goes for 4 days around the 22nd of July every year. About 6 of the nightclubs and the pagado have live jazz music throughout the night. Most of them are free throughout the festival (a few require reservations).
  • Golf
There is 18 holes golf course open for visitors. On most of the holes, water is with. On the club is a pro, small restaurant to eat fast food, golf shop, practice range. From back tee very challenging. From front tee easy for beginners. Always space to play except when competitions.

What to eat and drink in Buzios, Brazil


Eat

Búzios is notorious for its sophisticated and therefore expensive restaurants. Even basic places can be much more expensive than would be the case in Rio de Janeiro. This is not the place for a cheap holiday. The new big thing in Búzios is pay-by-the-kilo restaurants; the original was a place called Boom and now there are about 20 of them. Boom's the good one.
  • David's, Rua Manoel Turíbio, 260 – Centro (on the main beach street downtown), ☏ +55 22 2623-2981. One of the best casual seafood restaurant's.
  • Boom, Rua Manoel Turíbio de Farias, 110, ☏ +55 22 2623-6254. 12 pm-11:30 pm daily

Drink

Buzios has a particular timing for going out. As a beach destination, most tourists stay on the beach till after the sunset, which during summer can mean after 8 PM. Because of that bars and restaurants stay pretty much empty until something like 10 PM and clubs normally only open after 12 AM and go on till the sunrise.

If you are in Buzios you must make sure you visit Takatakata, a bar on the main Rua das Pedras run by a crazy Dutch guy called Kaiser. He only lets about five people into the bar at any one time but it's definitely worth a visit - make sure you try the Takafire cocktail!

Shopping in Buzios, Brazil


Alfredo's Arabic bikini shop on the beachside of the main street downtown is an excellent store for homemade bikinis. Many shops are locally owned, and a chat with the owners can reveal a lot of great connections and recommendations around town.

There are many casual fashion stores in the area. One thing to be aware of is that pants are usually sold by waist size and not by length. You are expected to have them altered to your size, and the store may very well not provide that service. If you do not know the language, it may be difficult to get it done. Suggestion: do not buy the pants until you have secured the service.

Across the street is an internet café that will let you hook up your notebook for hourly fees, or use their computers.

The good thing is that most shops stay open until midnight.

Safety in Buzios, Brazil


It is a friendly, welcoming tourist city. It is considered safe for visitors during day and night. However, you should always use your common sense and take usual precautions like in any other place. Don’t walk alone at night and in deserted places. Watch your bag. Don’t demonstrate your wealth and don’t wear expensive jewelry. Beware of pickpockets.
Avoid trying street food. Drink bottled or canned drinks.

Language spoken in Buzios, Brazil


Portuguese is the official language. English is understood in tourist places. However, be sure to write down the name/address of the site you are heading to since taxi/bus drivers usually don't speak English.

LOCAL TIME

5:41 am
September 20, 2019
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