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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 and over 200 places to stay, of all categories.

In the early 1900s, Búzios was 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. But it wasn’t until 1964 when the French actress Brigitte Bardot visited Búzios, which it grew to be a popular 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 wilder and draw surfers and water... 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 and over 200 places to stay, of all categories.

In the early 1900s, Búzios was 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. But it wasn’t until 1964 when the French actress Brigitte Bardot visited Búzios, which it grew to be a popular 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 wilder 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 passengers are tenders ashore to the town center.

Get around Buzios, Brazil


All guest houses ("pousadas") supply maps of the area. Make sure you get one 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. Taxis can be called by the "pousadas," and there is a taxi rank in the town square close to the schooner wharf.

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. First beach on the left as you arrive from Rio de Janeiro. Wind surfing 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 if you want to pay R10 an hour for one of the few parking places. 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 sea front 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 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



<h2 class="rtejustify">Eat</h2>
<p class="rtejustify">Búzios is notorious for its sophisticated and therefore expensive restaurants. The new big thing in Búzios is pay-by-the-kilo restaurants; the original was a place called <strong>Boom</strong> and now there are about 20 of them. Boom's the good one.</p>
<ul>
<li class="rtejustify"><strong>David's</strong>,&nbsp;Rua Manoel Turíbio, 260 – Centro (<em>on the main beach street downtown</em>),&nbsp;☎ +55 22 2623-2981. One of the best casual seafood restaurant's.</li>
<li class="rtejustify"><strong>Boom</strong>,&nbsp;Rua Manoel Turíbio de Farias, 110,&nbsp;☎ +55 22 2623-6254. 12pm-11:30pm daily.</li>
</ul>
<h2 class="rtejustify">Drink</h2>
<p class="rtejustify">Nightlife is huge in Búzios. One of the best nightclubs in town is <strong>Privilege</strong>.&nbsp;<br />
​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 8PM. Because of that bars and restaurants stay pretty much empty until something like 10PM and clubs normally only open after 12AM and go on till the sunrise.<br />
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!</p>

Shopping in Buzios, Brazil


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 on the main beach street downtown is one of the best casual seafood restaurant's.

Safety in Buzios, Brazil


By law, everyone must carry a photo ID at all times. For a foreigner, this means your passport. However, the police will mostly be pragmatic and accept a plastified color photocopy.

Crime

The crime rate in Brazil, except in southern region, is considered high. The murder rate is four times higher than many developed nations and rates for other crimes are similarly high. Crimes such as pickpocketing, car jackings, burglaries and armed robberies are a common sight in the country. It's important to stay vigilant and be aware of your surroundings.

Do not act like a tourist, do not accept little gifts like necklaces from strangers, they might be used to mark tourists as easy prey, and do not display items of wealth such as laptops, jewelry, etc. Avoid carrying large amounts of money with you, and if you do, it is wise to keep it in multiple pockets.

Always ask locals about the places that you intend to go since many of them are extremely dangerous and can put you in a very bad situation.

For safety reasons, do not even enter favelas - They can be extremely dangerous, given the fact that gangs use them for their criminal operations.

The efficiency of the police force varies depending on the region of the country, as their wages vary from state to state. Most problems of inefficiency occur in the northern part of the country. Do not attempt to bribe them.

The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Brazil is divided between three services: 190 - Policia (Police), 192- Ambulancia (Ambulance), and 193- Bombeiros (Fire Department).

Stay healthy

Food from street and beach vendors has a bad hygienic reputation in Brazil. The later in the day, the worse it gets. Bottled and canned drinks are safe, although some people will insist on using a straw to avoid contact with the exterior of the container.

Bear in mind the heat and humidity when storing perishable foods.

Tap water varies from place to place, (from contaminated, saline or soaked with chlorine to plain drinkable) and Brazilians themselves usually prefer to have it filtered.

In airports, bus stations, as well as many of the cheaper hotels, it is common to find drinking fountains (bebedouro), although not always safe. In hostel kitchens, look for the tap with the cylindrical filter attached. In more expensive hotels, there is often no publicly accessible fountain, and bedrooms contain minibars — selling you mineral water at extremely inflated prices.

Vaccination against yellow fever and taking anti-malaria medication may be necessary if you are traveling to central-western (Mato Grosso) or northern (Amazon) regions. If you're arriving from Peru, Colombia or Bolivia, proof of yellow fever vaccination is required before you enter Brazil. Some countries, such as Australia and South Africa, will require evidence of yellow fever vaccination before allowing you enter the country if you have been in any part of Brazil within the previous week. Check the requirements of any country you will travel from Brazil.

Public hospitals tend to be crowded and terrible. Most cities of at least 60,000 inhabitants have good private health care.

Dentists abound and are way cheaper than North America and Western Europe. In general, the quality of their work is consistent, but ask a local for advice and a recommendation.

The emergency number is 192, but you must speak Portuguese; English-speaking operators are non-existent.

Beware that air conditioning in airports, intercity buses, etc. is often quite strong. Carry a long-sleeved garment for air-conditioned places.

Brazil has one of the best HIV prevention programs and consequently, a very low infection rate compared with most countries. Condoms are highly encouraged by governmental campaigns during carnival and distributed for free by local public medical departments.

Language spoken in Buzios, Brazil


The official language of Brazil is Portuguese, spoken by the entire population (except for a few, very remotely located tribes). Indeed, Brazil has had immigrants from all parts of the world for centuries, whose descendants now speak Portuguese as their mother tongue.

Brazilian Portuguese has some pronunciation differences with that spoken in Portugal(and within, between the regions there are some quite extreme accent and slang differences), but speakers of either can understand each other. However, European Portuguese (Luso) is more difficult for Brazilians to understand than the reverse, as many Brazilian television programs are shown in Portugal. Notice that a few words can have a different meaning in Brazil and Portugal, usually slang words. An example of this is "Rapariga" which in Portugal means young girl, and in Brazil means a prostitute.

English is not widely spoken except in some touristy areas. Don't expect bus or taxi drivers to understand English, so it may be a good idea to write down the address you are heading to before getting the cab. In most big and luxurious hotels, it is very likely that the taxi fleet will speak some English.

Spanish has some similarity with Portuguese. Brazilian tourists can make basic questions and give basic answers when visiting Spain or other Latin American countries and vice-versa. Of course, such communication is quite awkward (mainly due to tilded vowels and semi vowelization of 'e' and 'o' when is the last vowel of a Portuguese word), so take a phrase book and be prepared for slow communication with a lot of interpretive gestures.

LOCAL TIME

5:30 am
June 20, 2019
America/Sao_Paulo

CURRENT WEATHER

23.65 °C / 74.57 °F
moderate rain
Fri

22.53 °C/73 °F
broken clouds
Sat

22.33 °C/72 °F
broken clouds
Sun

23.46 °C/74 °F
sky is clear
Mon

23.25 °C/74 °F
sky is clear

LOCAL CURRENCY

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