BÚZIOS

Popular with Brazil's jet-set, Buzios is a luxury beach destination of Rio.

The name Búzios is derived from Portuguese and refers to a shell fish that was common in the area. The peninsula was settled by native inhabitants long before the Europeans arrived, but the village Armação dos Búzios came to be when whaling was a big industry during the 18th century.

In the 1950s the population of Búzios was accelerated by the construction of vacation homes and hotels. Yet Búzios still hadn’t reached its full potential until Brigitte Bardot graced the sandy beaches in 1964, sparking interest from around the world.

When the town became its own municipality in 1995, more development started, new condominiums were built, exclusive shops, restaurants and even a few nightclubs opened. Now in its modern form, Búzios is it’s own bustling little scene with relatively well developed infrastructure.

The epicenter of Búzios is called Rua das Pedras (Stone Street), also referred to as Centro. This is where the bus station (or stop with a small office) is and the main peer for tour boats. It is also where the biggest concentration of shops and restaurants, and a large number of accommodations are. 

Out of over twenty beaches, one of the largest is Geribá, which has a long wide look at the crystal clear sea, and a slight break for long board surfers to ride. Here one can walk out into the cool water for fifty yards before it reaches above the waste, and although often a little windy, is an easy place to spend the day.

Another popular beach is João Fernandes, which is smaller and more crowded, with green water and music from the quiosques. This area will feel more like a party atmosphere but is shielded from the wind and has a lot of great restaurents in close walking distance.