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Armacao de Buzios

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BÚzios is waiting for you
Where Cariocas spend their weekends

Once a sleepy fishermen's village off Cabo Frio, Búzios has become today the second most popular attraction in the State of Rio de Janeiro. If you don't have a whole lot of time in your hands, you can take the one-day guided tour to see what it's all about, and later come back for more.

the perfect excuse to stay longer in rio

You have already spent a fortune on travel tickets, stayed in the plane for hours, waited in line at the airports... and you're going back home already? Not if we can help. Búzios is about 3-4 hours from Rio, by car, bus or van.

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two or three days in paradise
What to do once you get there

The one-day tour is just a sampler - try to spend a few more days... To give you a better idea of all the attractions there is a trolley tour that takes you to the main beaches and overlooks. You stop for photos at the main spots.

There is also a boat tour you can take and you will go around the peninsula and see everything from the ocean. This is already enough to keep you busy for at least two days - and nights! But there's more...

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On your third day you can go back to your favorite beach, and spend more time working on your tan, snorkel around. For a change of scenery take the boat taxi, and hop off on the next beach ahead! Beach kiosks offer fresh seafood.

You don't actually have to drive all the way from Rio unless you want to. Local tour companies offer packages that include round-trip transportation. Once you are in Búzios, you can always rent a beach buggy...

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BÚzios doesn't really stop at night
And you enjoy the benefits!.

This is such a magical place that when Brigitte Bardot visited it in the late 60's, she simply stayed. As a tribute to the French actress, the beach shore in the center of Búzios was named Orla Bardot. Cine Bardot is an art movie theater in the center, and it is home to an yearly international festival. Curisously it is owned by an Argentinian.

But Brigitte was not the only French to fall in love with Búzios. Many other Nationals arrived, and stayed. To support their new lifestyle they oppened small inns, restaurants, boutiques. Argentinians also fell in love with Búzios, and became Buzianos. Many of the cafés, restaurants and inns there have that typical accent of our lovely neighbors.

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And, of course, Brazilians from everywhere add flavor to the scene. Night life in Búzios is centered around what is known as Rua das Pedras. This is a pedestrian street lined up with restaurants, cafés, nightclubs, and boutiques that are open until very late - especially in the summer.

Visit our gallery of photos & videos of Buzios

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Summer may not be the only obvious choice
What is the best time to go? While you are here, of course!

According to statistics it rains less in Búzios than in Rio, so it could be cloudy in the big city - and perfectly sunny in paradise. But summers in Búzios tend to be very crowded. And if your idea is to have the whole beach for yourself, summer may not be the right season for you.

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Spring and fall are also great choices. They are not as hot or as crowded as summer, the weather is as sunny as, and at night you can dress up in bit more than a T-shirt or none. Winter nights can even be a bit chilly, so you can enjoy a perfect beach during the day. At night warm up with a bottle of wine, and live music performances.

New Year's and Carnival are Búzios' highest seasons. Hotels usually offer their rooms in packages with a pre-determined number of nights, and prices are higher. There aren't big Carnival festivities in Búzios. Many of the people go there to escape from all the crazyness - but when everybody has the same idea traffic can get chaotic...

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Any favorite beaches to suggest?
Of course we have our favorite beaches!

In case you didn't notice, we are very opinionated. It's important to know that there are two kinds of beaches in Búzios depending on which side of the peninsula you are. If you like tranquil waters, and it's not the peak of summer our favorites are Azeda and Azedinha, near the city center. Praia do Forno with the rocks and the red sand is also great. They do tend to get overcrowded at high season, though.

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For surfing, and to mingle with a younger crowd our favorite beach is Geribá. Surfers used to camp here in the 70's, and found fresh seafood fishermen's village, on the left side of the beach. By then there was only a dirt road to Búzios.

Today there are posh condos, great inns.

Can we see photos of the main attractions?

We thought you would never ask! The answer is YES.

We had a hard time selecting images: our photo bank of Búzios is huge as we have been there so many times. And we also have a bonus: a vintage video shot in super-8 back in the 70's! Enjoy the images courtesy of our parent website, http://www.ipanema.com

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