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Cabo Frio, Brazil

Cabo Frio is a city in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was founded by the Portuguese on November 13, 1615. Its area is 401 km².

Cabo Frio is a popular beach destination which draws a lot of beachgoers and surfers from around the state, as well as the neighboring landlocked state of Minas Gerais. It was founded in the 16th Century, after the Portuguese chased the French away from the area, and remained small for most of its history. In recent years, with the income from the growing tourism industry and the influx of retired folks from Rio de Janeiro, it has grown to a city with a wide range of amenities for the traveler.

Cabo Frio, Brazil

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Cabo Frio is a city in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was founded by the Portuguese on November 13, 1615. Its area is 401 km².

Cabo Frio is a popular beach destination which draws a lot of beachgoers and surfers from around the state, as well as the neighboring landlocked state of Minas Gerais. It was founded in the 16th Century, after the Portuguese chased the French away from the area, and remained small for most of its history. In recent years, with the income from the growing tourism industry and the influx of retired folks from Rio de Janeiro, it has grown to a city with a wide range of amenities for the traveler.


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Cabo Frio, Brazil: Port Information


Cruise liners anchor offshore, and passengers are transported ashore by tender boats. The town is close to the tender dock.

Get around Cabo Frio, Brazil


Renting a car is a perfect option if you wish to explore remote secluded beaches. Besides, you can take a taxi or book a tour.
Bus service is available.
Boat rides are breathtaking.
There are also hiking trails. Besides, you can explore the surroundings on a bicycle.

What to see in Cabo Frio, Brazil


  • Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Guia (Capela Nossa Senhora da Guia). Constructed by the Franciscans around 1740.
  • Church of Saint Benedict (Igreja de São Benedito), Passagem. Built in 1701 to hold mass for the slaves.
  • Sào Mateus Fort (Forte de São Mateus do Cabo Frio). Built by the Portuguese between 1616 and 1620.

What to do in Cabo Frio, Brazil


Beaches

  • Fort Beach (Praia do Forte) - With 7.5 kilometers of sand and a 16th-century Portuguese fort at its north end, this is the main beach in town.
  • Peró Beach (Praia do Peró) - Good for surfing.
  • São Bento Beach (Praia São Bento)
  • Siqueira Beach (Praia do Siqueira) - 4km-long beach with kiosks that sometimes have live music.
  • Sudoeste Beach (Praia do Sudoeste)
  • Dune Beach (Praia das Dunas) - The best surfing beach around, with strong waves. Take care if you swim, as there is an undercurrent.
  • Foguete Beach (Praia do Foguete)
  • Palmeiras Beach (Praia das Palmeiras)
  • Unamar Beach (Praia de Unamar)

Scuba diving

Cabo Frio and Arraial do Cabo are great locations for scuba diving. The southerly cold and northerly warm current meet and marine life are abundant. Visibility is between 8 and 20 meters. Best time of year is in April.

  • Over Sea Dive Center, Rua José Augusto Saraiva, nº 2 Ilha da Draga, ☎ +55 22 2647-5375. Dive center with good equipment and bilingual instructor (Santiago). Offers a one day tour for certified divers including two immersions and some snacks. 

What to eat and drink in Cabo Frio, Brazil


Cabo Frio offers numerous dining option for every taste and budget. Local Brazilian cuisine, seafood restaurants, pizzerias, steakhouses, vegetarian options, and more - you can find all them in this welcoming city.

Eat

Brazil's national dish is feijoada, a hearty stew made of black beans, pork (ears, knuckles, chops, sausage) and beef (usually dried). It's served with rice, garnished with collard greens and sliced oranges. It's not served in every restaurant; the ones that serve it typically offer it on Wednesdays and Saturdays. A typical mistake made by tourists is to eat too much feijoada upon first encounter. This is a heavy dish — even Brazilians usually eat it parsimoniously.

The standard Brazilian set lunch is called prato feito, with its siblings comercial and executivo. Rice and brown beans in sauce, with a small steak. Sometimes farofa, spaghetti, vegetables, and French fries will come along. Beef may be substituted for chicken, fish or others.

Excellent seafood can be found in coastal towns, especially in the Northeast.

Brazilian snacks, lanches (sandwiches) and salgadinhos (most anything else), include a wide variety of pastries. Look for coxinha (deep-fried, batter-coated chicken), empada (a tiny pie, not to be confused with the empanada - empadas and empanadas are entirely different items), and pastel (fried turnovers). Another common snack is a misto quente, a pressed, toasted ham-and-cheese sandwich. Pão-de-queijo, a roll made of manioc flour and cheese, is very popular, especially in Minas Gerais state - pão-de-queijo and a cup of fresh Brazilian coffee is a classic combination.

Drink

Brazil's national booze is cachaça (cah-shah-sah, also known as aguardente ("burning water") and pinga), a sugar-cane liquor known to knock the unwary out quite quickly. Mass-produced, industrial cachaça is cheap and has 40% alcohol. Rural, traditional cachaça made on small distilleries usually has about 20% alcohol, but is highly praised nationwide for its superior taste. This also means it's far more costly, but it's worth each Real. It can be tried in virtually every bar in the country. Famous producing regions include Minas Gerais, where there are tours of distilleries, and the city of Paraty. Pirassununga is home to Caninha 51, Brazil's best-selling brand. Outside Fortaleza there is a cachaça museum (Museu da Cachaça) where you can learn about the history of the Ypioca brand.

Well worth a try is Brazilian whisky! It's actually 50% imported scotch - the malt component -and approximately 50% Brazilian grain spirit. Don't be misled by American sounding names like "Wall Street". It is not bourbon.

Brazil is known worldwide for its high-quality strong coffee. Café is so popular that it can name meals (just like rice does in China, Japan, and Korea): breakfast in Brazil is called café da manhã (morning coffee), while café com pão (coffee with bread) or café da tarde (afternoon coffee) means a light afternoon meal. Cafezinho (small coffee) is a small cup of strong, sweetened coffee usually served after meals in restaurants (sometimes for free, just ask politely). Bottled filtered coffee is being replaced by stronger espresso cups in more upscale restaurants.

Chá, or tea in Portuguese, is most commonly found in its Assam version (orange, light-colored). Some more specialized tea shops and cafés will have Earl Gray and green tea available as well.

Mate is an infusion similar to tea that is very high in caffeine content. A toasted version often served chilled, is consumed all around the country, while Chimarrão (incidentally called mate in neighboring Spanish-speaking countries) is the hot, bitter equivalent that can be found in the south and is highly appreciated by the gaúchos.

Nothing beats coconut water (água de coco) on a hot day. (Stress the first o, otherwise it will come out as "poo"! (cocô) ). It is mostly sold as coco gelado in the coconut itself, drunk with a straw. Ask the machete-wielding vendors to cut the coconut in half so that you can eat the flesh after drinking the water.

Shopping in Cabo Frio, Brazil


There are a shopping mall, street markets, art galleries, souvenir stores, and more - the choice is wide and diverse. 
Similar to the rest of Latin America, hand-crafted jewelry can be found anywhere. Havaianas sandals are also affordable in Brazil and supermarkets are often the best place to buy them — small shops usually carry fake ones. If you have space in your bags, a Brazilian woven cotton hammock is a nice, functional purchase as well. Another interesting and fun item is a peteca, a sort of hand shuttlecock used in a traditional game of the same name, similar to volleyball.

Safety in Cabo Frio, Brazil


Avoid walking alone at night and in deserted places. Beware of pickpockets. Watch your purse/bag.
The crime rate is considered high. 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.
The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Brazil is divided between three services:
190 - Policia (Police)
192- Ambulancia (Ambulance)
193- Bombeiros (Fire Department). No English-speaking operators are available on even big cities whatsoever, and you will face extreme issues if you are not fluent in Portuguese.

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.

Language spoken in Cabo Frio, Brazil


The official language of Brazil is Portuguese, spoken by the entire population.

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. If you are really in need of talking in English, you should look for the younger people (-30 years), because they have a higher knowledge of the language and will be eager to help you and exercise their English.

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