Beautiful Búzios sits on a jutting peninsula surrounded by 17 beaches. A simple fishing village until the early ’60s, when it was ‘discovered’ by famous French actress Brigitte Bardot and her Brazilian boyfriend, it’s now one of Brazil’s most upscale seaside resorts, littered with boutiques, fine restaurants, villas, bars and classy pousadas. Brazilians and tourist alike love to come here and relax for a few days in the slow paced beach town. The Mediterranean touch introduced by the Portuguese has not been lost – indeed, the narrow cobblestone streets and picturesque waterfront contribute to Búzios’ image as Brazil’s St Tropez.
Búzios is actually three settlements on the same peninsula – Ossos, Manguinhos and Armação de Búzios. Ossos, at the northern tip of the peninsula, is the oldest and most attractive. It has a pretty harbour and yacht club, plus a few hotels and bars. Manguinhos is the most commercial. Armação, in between, is the heart of town, with the most tourist amenities; it’s here that you’ll find Rua das Pedras, the hub of Búzios’ nightlife with big-name clubs like Pacha, and Orla Bardot, the town's picturesque beachfront promenade.
The west coast beaches offer calm, clear waters while the east coast ones, facing the open sea, are more wild and draw surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Azeda, Ferradura, João Fernandes, Armação, and popular for surfing and are amongst the most popular beaches in town, however Praia da Geribá is the most famous.
With 17 beaches in Búzios, you're going to need a map! The west coast beaches offer calm, clear waters while the east coast ones, facing the open sea, are more wild and draw surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Azeda, Ferradura, João Fernandes, Armação, and popular for surfing and are amongst the most popular beaches in town, however Praia da Geribá is the most famous.
It's easy enough to get to Búzios, there are many easy transfers and buses you can take, or you could rent a car and drive - around a 2 hour journey from Rio if the traffic is good. (This can quickly rise on weekends and busy periods - plan ahead!). You can get a bus from the main bus station in Rio, buses leave from 5 AM until reasonably late. The company 1001 runs frequent buses there. At busy times, such as Fridays, holidays and Christmas / Carnaval etc, we recommend to book in advance by using the site Busca Ônibus.
The popular Easy Transfer bus company used to run this route but unfortunately no longer do.
For all the latest information on how to get to Buzios, check out www.buziosonline.com.br
Brigitte Bardot was a famous French actress in the 1960s that decided to go to Rio with her Brazilian boyfriend, Bob Zagury. However, due to the intense amount of paparazzi following them, Bob took his girlfriend to Búzios in order to enjoy the rest of their trip at a quieter and more exclusive site. At the time, the small town had no electricity and life there was quite bucolic yet it was the simplicity of the place, in conjunction with the peninsula’s natural beauty, that made Brigitte Bardot declare her admiration. Inevitably, Búzios became a global spotlight and although other stars like Mick Jagger and Madonna followed her path, none left as much of an impression as Bardot. The place where she stayed in Búzios for the first time is now a small hotel, known as Pousada do Sol. The strip of land that connects Praia da Armação with the most famous street in town, Rua das Pedras, was named after her, Orla Bardot. She was also honored along the oceanfront path with a bronze statue made by Christina Motta. The final tribute is the only cinema in the balneary named after her: Gran Cine Bardot. Inside, there are many pictures of famous actors and actresses, including Brigitte’s picture and signature, which hangs on a distinctive wall.