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 Best of Brazil

A short list of Brazil‘s most popular spots with photo, short text, links and hotel suggestions.

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Buzios, located about 3 hours, or 170 Km, from Rio, is a beautiful fishing village on a peninsula with some 25 romantic, wild or exotic beaches to choose from. As a group, the Buzios beaches are considered the most beautiful in Brazil. Among the location‘s main activities are Golf (Brazil´s Number One Championship Course), trekking in the nearby wooded area, diving in the crystal clear waters and lying on the white sandy beaches. Buzios can be quite expensive in the high season, compared to other resorts, but is still well worth it. There are many boat trips to the surrounding islands which will keep you busy during the day, while the nightlife is concentrated on Rua das Pedras and Orla Bardot, which have lots of top level restaurants and bars with live music. The town became famous in the summer of 1964 with the first of several visits by French actress Brigitte Bardot, who spent a few days there trying to relax and escape the attentions of the press in Rio. From then on the location became a prime attraction for both foreign and local tourists, drawn by the all year round warm temperatures and little rainfall. Buzios offers about three hundred small lodging choices of all kinds, including those with famous frequent visitors like Bill Gates, Naomi Campbell and Michael Johnson. Remarkably, you will not find a single three floor building on the peninsula, and likewise no major holiday resort. Building is not allowed on most of the beaches. Consequently, Buzios managed to keep some of it´s original, almost Polynesian charm. Being there, you won´t believe that only six or seven Brazilian cities score more overnight stays of foreigners per year. Many of the top hotels and restaurants are run by foreigners, predominantly French and Argentinean residents. You can reach Buzios from Rio by crossing the Niteroi bridge and head in the direction of Rio Bonito. Once on the Lagos highway head in the direction of Cabo Frio and then take the RJ-106 highway to Buzios. Nearby, and well worth visiting, are Arrail do Cabo and Cabo Frio. The beaches in Arrail do Cabo are comparable with those of Buzios, but unlike Buzios people actually live and work in Arrail. The most popular beaches are Praia do Forno, Praia Brava and Praia Grande. You can also visit the Gruta Azul, an underwater cavern, which can be reached by boat. At Cabo Frio you can visiit the Forte Sao Mateus stone fortress, built in 1616, at the end of Praia do Forte. There are also some sand dunes nearby at Praia do Pero in the direction of Buzios





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 Short Trips

Looking to get out of Sao Paulo for the weekend. Check out our suggestions for short trips from Sao Paulo and leave the smog and stress behind.

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