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Buzios (Brazil)

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4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
170km by car from Rio de Janeiro
When to go
From April to November to avoid high season
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Buzios

Ariadne M Travel writer
37 travel articles

The municipality of Armação dos Búzios (often shortened to Búzios) is a former fishing village that became fashionable in the 60's, mainly thanks to Brigitte Bardot, often referred to as the St. Tropez Brazilian

My suggestion:
Choose a pousada near the center and avoid the hostels, which are shoddy.

A pretty seaside village, Búzios is not a cheap place to be. The village has the usual collection of businesses - great restaurants, bars, shops and nightclubs.

The best beaches are about 200-300 meters from the center.

Rich, young people from Rio flock to Búzios at the weekend, particularly in summer.

Becoming popular in the 60's, thanks to Brigitte Bardot, this old fishing village now has a jet set beach complete with a statue of the French actress. You'll see lots of people posing for photos beside it.

During your trip to Brazil, you'll find beaches that are a hundred times better than the one at Búzios. However, if you're short on time and are in Rio, a quick visit could be fun.

The turquoise sea at Búzios
Cathy Trichet Travel writer
45 travel articles

Búzios is Brazil's St.Tropez (with which it is twinned) and is a charming place.

My suggestion:
If you're after peace and quiet, go there in low season. You'll have the beaches to yourself and 25°C turquoise seas, as it's not the most popular destination for 'Cariocas'!

Once in Brazil, if you head towards the south, just after Cabo Frio, you'll find Búzios. Brigitte Bardot made it famous and the promenade that runs along the sea is named after her. There's even a bronze statue of the French starlet. I really enjoyed strolling along this promenade and found the atmosphere laid back. I came across a statue of 3 fishermen throwing their net into the tide - so naturalistic you'll think they're real. Obviously the town has its jet set side, but in low seaon it's a different and enjoyable place.

I took the time to visit numerous beaches (and there are more than 20!), but I gave the windier ones a miss - although any surfers and kite surfers amongst you will love them. I swam a lot and, of course, put on my flippers, so I could explore the multi-colored reefs and their tropical fish.

In the evening I watched a capoeira duel on the main, pedestrianized street and treated myself to delicious, local delicacies in one of the town's numerous restaurants.

Brigitte Bardot's statue, on the seaside promenade