Búzios, Brazil: Endless Outdoorsy Pursuits

Búzios, Brazil, is a Brazilian resort set on an ocean peninsula east of Rio de Janeiro, known as an upscale vacation destination with numerous beaches

A sleepy fishing village propelled into the spotlight by a vacationing Brigitte Bardot, Búzios, Brazil [105 miles (169 kilometers) northeast of Rio de Janeiro] has retained its vintage holiday allure with a mix of upscale spa retreats, resorts and an endless list of outdoorsy pursuits. The appeal of the peninsula’s beaches is two-fold; the tropical weather and scenic qualities heighten their glamorous reputation, and the strong waves and turquoise waters attract crowds of gilded youth on the lookout for surfing championships. Visitors can explore the Igreja de Sant’Ana church perched above the Praia dos Ossos beach, discover the rugged coastline on a morning hike, or ride bikes along the boulevard to the town’s cobblestone streets and shop Rua das Pedras’ chic boutiques.

Overlooking the central “business district” of Búzios, Brazil — filled with boutiques, bars, cafés, and restaurants (with more than a dozen pizzerias in the mix!)


A bronze statue of Brigitte Bardot who frequently vacationed in Búzios, Brazil, and helped popularize the peninsula and its beaches to vacationers


Wooden sidewalks and cobblestone streets in the center of Búzios, Brazil, make for an inviting stroll among the boutiques and restaurants


A typical al fresco restaurant with local specialties


A street vendor selling fresh green coconut water


Colorful wares for sale outside and inside a boutique in the heart of Búzios, Brazil


The statue of three fishermen in the harbor is very lifelike

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