When you think of Brazilian beaches, Rio de Janeiro immediately comes to mind. We even devoted a whole blog post to Rio’s Beaches ( read Everything About Rio’s Beaches). However, for many Brazilians and Argentinians, the little area in Brazil called Búzios is their top choice for a beach vacation. With seventeen beaches, ranging from half-moon bays to long stretches of sand, there is a beach for every type of traveler.
Búzios caters to couples and can be a little pricey for solo travelers. It started out as a scattering of small fishing villages. In the 1960s this all changed when Brigitte Bardot and her boyfriend “discovered” it. Soon it became a hot spot for Rio’s upperclass seeking an escape from their crowded beaches. Even though Búzios has grown, it is still pretty small so the chance of getting lost is fairly slim.
Located about three hours east of Rio de Janeiro, Búzios isn’t a single town, but three settlements on the same peninsula. Ossos (Bones) is the oldest and prettiest located at the northern end of the peninsula. Armação is in the center and is where you’ll find the most tourist amenities, restaurants, and bars. Manguinhos is on the isthmus of the peninsula and is the most commercial of the three areas.
We spent two days in Búzios and saw as many beaches as time would allow us.
Why Beach Lovers Should Visit Búzios, Brazil
Geribá was only a couple of blocks from our cottage, and it was my favorite beach in Búzios. Located on the thin isthmus, the beach sits on the east side of the Búzios peninsula facing the Atlantic Ocean making waves perfect for surfing. Geribá is the widest beach in Búzios and one of the longest.
Ferradura Beach is also call “Horseshoe” because of its crescent shape. It is narrower than Geribá Beach, but still wide enough for some sand sports. The beach is a little further away from the main tourist areas, so it is a bit quieter than other beaches. It is one of the least spoiled areas in Búzios. Even though it is smaller, there are still plenty of vendors (not pushy) and plenty of amenities.
Armação and Ossos Beaches
Located by a short walk from the center of Búzios, these two beaches connect to each other. Armação is also called Orla Bardot for the statue of Brigitte Bardot located on the pedestrian walkway. This area is lined with restaurants and bars, but traffic is limited to just pedestrians.
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