Travel Consultant, Tom Maker, recently spent a month living in Rio de Janeiro and some of his favorite weekend getaways were to Paraty, Ilha Grande & Buzios. In part 3 of this 4 part blog series, Tom takes us to Buzios, a tropical beach town just 3-hours north of Rio de Janeiro.
Buzios is a stunningly beautiful peninsula frequently visited by the region’s (and the world’s) wealthy and famous. This tropical beach town sits on a uniquely shaped peninsula which gives the area an “island feel.” The small oasis was once a simple fishing village until Brigitte Bardot and her Brazillian boyfriend discovered the enticing land. Now, Buzios is one of the most upscale seaside resorts and is popular among many socialites and celebrities.
Be aware that Buzios is not a single town but rather three settlements on the same peninsula – Ossos, Manguinhos and Armação de Búzios.
- Ossos (Bones), at the northern tip of the peninsula, is the oldest and most attractive town. It has a beautiful harbor and yacht club, plus a few hotels and bars.
- Manguinhos, on the isthmus, is the most commercial of the three settlements.
- Armação, in between, is the heart of town, with the most tourist amenities; it’s here that you’ll find Rua das Pedras, the hub of Búzios’ nightlife and Orla Bardot, the town’s picturesque beachfront promenade.
No matter where you go in Buzios, you can’t go wrong. With over 17 different beaches to choose from, it comes as no surprise why Buzios is so popular. Each beach is distinct in shape, feel and even water temperature. Along the peninsula are stunning boutique style hotels with priceless views and world-class restaurants. Walk along the Mediterranean-style cobblestone streets, that spill out into the sunlight during the day, and turn to lively bars at night. From morning till sunset, there is much to experience in Buzios.
While Buzio’s surroundings are hip and trendy, the beaches are where the true paradise awaits. Locals and tourists alike line the beaches of Buzios, each in awe of the bright white sand and sparkling water. I loved ‘Brava Beach’ for its seclusion and sunshine as well as ‘Azeda Beach’ for its natural surroundings. Surfing and windsurfing are common activities along the windier parts of the peninsula, as well as snorkeling and schooner cruises.
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Getting to Buzios
Bus: Busses to Buzios are operated by the company ‘1001’. They have several daily departures to choose from, leaving Rio’s Novo Rio terminal, as well as Rio’s International airport. For in-depth details, visit their website.
Group or Private Transfer: Organizing a private or group transfer to your hotel is easy. If you’d like to go with an English speaking guide, don’t hesitate to ask! Group transfers can also be organized directly through your hotel in Buzios.
Where to Stay in Buzios
Pousada Abracadabra: The 4* superior Posada Abracadabra is a fantastic hotel for your stay in Buzios. Pousada Abracadabra has unbeatable views of the town and is surrounded by beaches. It is complete with all the amenities you need to relax and enjoy the area. There is also a rumor that the bartender makes the best caipirinhas in Brazil!
Pousada Corasario: Pousada Corsário combines comfort, quality, and refinement in the most charming balneary of Rio de Janeiro. Located near Ossos Beach, you can spot the Inn from a mile away with its gorgeous architecture and warm decor. Enjoy the best of nature in this unique environment, as you are pampered with excellent service.
Pousada La Chimere: From La Chimère, you will have easy access to Azeda, Azedinha, Ossos and João Fernandes beaches. Spend time at sea in a fisherman’s boat, bike to discover new places or simply meet the gracious locals by foot. Nearby are many fine restaurants, shops, night clubs and other attractions, all within walking distance of the beach.
Pousada Casas Brancas: The Pousada Casas Brancas is a boutique hotel, overlooking the stunning bay of Buzios. The Mediterranean architecture and laid-back atmosphere will bring any visitor to paradise. Choose from 32 Standard, Superior, Deluxe rooms and luxury suites. Enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and the garden.
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