After a pleasant enough 3 hour bus ride from Rio’s Galeâo International Airport, we found ourselves in Buzios. A playground of Rio’s jet set, the peninsula is a beach lover’s dream with 23 different beaches offering higher than average sunshine all year round. A strange quirk of the place is that many Spanish-speaking people live here, making it unique in a country where Portuguese is the official language.
Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, unsurprisingly the place prospered and became a picturesque fishing village, famous for its unique combination of rustic charm, incredible beauty and sophisticated boutiques and restaurants.
The main reason people flock here though, is those 23 beaches. Each beach and its surrounding suburb is quite distinct from another, in terms of size, facilities, crowd and overall vibe. So you can either pick your favourite, and stick to it, or if you’re the energetic and outdoorsy type, you can walk to several different beaches in a day.
One of the best, in my opinion, and the place we spent most of our time is Ferradura. The place we called home is a cove with calm waters and is a favourite of families and fans of water sports. Besides the tranquility, the beach also offers a range of kiosks on one side, serving cocktails, oysters and a range of freshly cooked meals including shrimp patties, fish fingers and sea bass stew with coconut milk and palm oil.
That was an absolute pleasure. We ordered our food an drinks from the pop-up restaurant and bar, and it was all delivered, cooked to perfection and placed on a table set up for us in the sand. But if you don’t feel like eating a full meal on the beach, there are constant vendors selling a range of warm, delicious bite-sized pies, so you’re never going to go hungry.
Our absolute favourite spot for lunch, however, turned out to be at Rocka restaurant, looking out over Brava Beach, a couple of bays over. A funky upmarket beach shack, we spent one entire afternoon there, enjoying seafood and bubbly alongside the beach club and people bronzing themselves on a thin sliver of sand above high tide.
When we’d had enough of the beach, the stylish Insolito boutique hotel back in Ferradura became our base for sundowners, with the DJ creating a great chilled lounge vibe. Then we would inevitably move up to the restaurant deck, also overlooking the ocean for top quality dinner dishes and a great selection of wine.
In the evenings, when we felt like a bit more action we caught a taxi over to the central waterfront and fishermen’s village, peppered with colourful boats. At dinnertime, the traditional address of restaurants is Rua das Pedras and its Orla Bardot, a beautiful stretch that leads to Praia dos Ossos, the birthplace of the town of Búzios. It gets very lively in the evening as people fill the pavement bars,cafes and clubs whilst families take long, slow walks through the village. Some of the best pizza we’ve ever had can be found at the ever popular Lorenzo Pizzeria & Cantina and another of our absolute favourite seaside places was BarDoZee, a stylish whitewashed restaurant with exquisite food and laid back vibe.
Buzios really is an amazing beach holiday that can be a s chilled or busy as you like. So if you find yourself in this part of Brazil, you’d do very well to stop and spend a few days sunning yourself and soaking up the party vibe at night.