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Buzios: The Brazilian St Tropez

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A September 2002 trip to Buzios by actonsteve

The Atlantic at Buzios Photo, Buzios, Brazil More Photos
Quote: Like it's counterpart on the French Riviera, Buzios has class. It also has great beaches, beautiful people, and nightlife to die for. A fabulous resort so far not discovered by the rest of the world.

Buzios: The Brazilian St Tropez

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Overview

The symbol of Buzios Photo, Buzios, Brazil
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Buzios has Brazilian chic. The people here have sunglasses perched on the top of their heads, piano-wire bikini's and tans so bronze they glow. It has the reputation of being the trendiest resort in Brazil and the abode of the beau monde. In actuality it is one of the most beautiful resorts you will see anywhere in the world and it keeps to its fishing village origins with breathtaking beaches, rocky headlands and rocking nightlife. The town of Buzios is perched on the Cabio Frio headland about 168 miles east of Rio de Janeiro. When the rich and pampered have had enough of the Avenida Paulista or Ipanema beach they head for here. The town itself is very charming with some lovely pousada's for t...Read More

Hotel Nilceia

Hotel | "Hotel Nilceia - the cheapest option in Buzios"

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Part of the cachet of Buzios are its pousadas or guesthouses. The rich and pampered of Ipanema and Copacabana boast to each other that they are heading up to Buzios to stay in a luxury pousada. This means accommodations in the resort has stratospheric prices and bargains are very few and far between. The best bargain, and one which is in the affordable range, is the Pousada Nilceia. With good sized rooms, a good location, and friendly service--it is all you could ask for in Buzios. It is literally steps from the bus stop on the south side of town. Buses from Rio arrive five times a day and a simple walk a block west and north takes you to the Rua Manoel de Cavalho which leads into town. It has b...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 1, 2003

Hotel Nilceia
Rua de Cavalho
Buzios, Brazil

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Every once in a while in Brazil I wondered to myself, "why don't more people come to this amazing country." It has everything--amazing sunshine, beautiful beaches, friendly people...all the usual tourist brochure cliches. But a major selling point has to be the Quilo restaurants. These abound in every town, resort, and city in Brazil. They operate on the weighed buffet principal but concentrate on Brazilian food. One of the best I encountered was 'Bananaland' in Buzios. In a town that pays more attention to the gold AMEX brigade and where a pina colada can cost more then a farm workers wages, this is good value and the food is excellent. It is situated along Rua Ribeiro Dantes, southwest of Ru...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2003

'Bananaland' - Quilo Restaurant par Excellence
Rua Cavaldhos
Buzios, Brazil

Praia dos Ossos

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Attraction | "Praia dos Ossos - the loveliest beach in Buzios"

Praia dos Ossos Photo, Buzios, Brazil
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I must admit, I am not really a beach person. I'd far rather go poking around a baroque church or a crumbling castle then sit on hot sand basting myself in cooking oil. But in Buzios I made an exception. The beaches here were so chic and unspoilt that I ended up doing what every else ends up doing and spent a morning worshipping the sun god. Praia do Ossos is my favorite beach in Buzios. It may not have the glamour of Jao Fernandez or the surfers of Geriba, but when I was there in early spring it was deserted and seemed like a little hidden secret. Of course, it isn't, and in the summer it is overun with fellow sunseekers. So many in fact that you cannot move - and the mayor of Buzios appears on...Read More

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Praia dos Ossos
Cabrio Frio
Buzios, Brazil

Joao Fernandez Beach

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Attraction | "Jao Fernandez - beach of the rich and famous"

Joao Fernandez Beach Photo, Buzios, Brazil
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Buzios isn't just a name it is a frame of mind. A frame of mind which means conspicuous consumption--Italian sports cars, Paris fashions, million-dollar mansions, and non-stop partying. Its title 'the Brazilian St Tropez' is fully realized on Praia Jao Fernandez--a stretch of sand backed by five-star pousadas, condominiums, and expensive restaurants. If you like the cachet of lazing on an exclusive beach and watching the beautiful people in their designer beachwear--then this beach is for you. To reach it you must first reach Praia de Ossos (see earlier entry). Once you reach this beach then follow its walk to the furthest promontory. This will lead you to the arm of the Buzios peninsula contain...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 1, 2003

Joao Fernandez Beach
Rua das Pedras 0.5 Mile
Buzios, Brazil

Chez Michou

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Attraction | "'Chez Michou' where the beautiful people gather..."

Chez Michou Photo, Buzios, Brazil
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Brazil has a reputation around the world for nightlife. While Rio is excellent; it doesn't have that Ibiza/Mykonos/Barcelona vibe with a bar on every corner. Buzios on the other hand has Balearic-style decadence. The Rua de Perata bursts with restaurants, discos, and bars. One of the most famous and popular is the 'Chez Michou' on the main road. Here the young, gorgeous, and rich gather to sip caipirinhas and dance to Bossa Nova. This is where you show off your healthy tan, wear the most fashionable clothes, and spend money like the world is going to end tomorrow. It is situated a little way down Rua de Perata, just before the turn to the jetty. It is open-air and spills onto the stre...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 1, 2003

Chez Michou
Av José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, 80
Buzios, Brazil 28950-000
22 2623-2169

The narrow streets between Perata and the beach Photo, Buzios, Brazil
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Whatever you do...do not hit the Rua de Perata until after midnight. After the witching hour the entire street is bursting at the seams. People spill from bars, dance to samba, parade in bikinis and drink cocktails in the street. Music throbs from pulsating bars, people dine alfresco and South Americans from all over the continent--usually the rich variety--ogle the expensive shops, dodge the beach buggies and admire the beautiful people. During the day of course, it is completely different. From morning to early afternoon it is recovering from a hangover. The holiday makers are lounging on the beaches while the waiters and barmen set up for the night ahead. A few desolate tourists mig...Read More
River in Serra dos Orgaos NP Photo, Buzios, Brazil
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The major argument at the dinner table that night was what on earth was our jungle guide talking about? He described an animal found in the NP that came down to the river to poach trout. It was very furry and had a long tail and was the size of a small dog. Was it a jaguar? An ocelot? An agouti? It was only when we had finished our meal that someone spotted a huge poster on the walls with pictures of the creatures found in Serra dos Orgaos NP. It became clear that it was an otter. It was an otter of immense size though. It was also obvious that we had little chance of seeing it. Most animals in the parks of South America are nocturnal and seeing them is very rare. The continent has the world's b...Read More
The Paco Real (Royal Palace) Photo, Buzios, Brazil
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The most visited attraction in Brazil isn't Rio's Sugar Loaf or Iguacu Falls--it's the Imperial Palace in Petropolis. This is the Brazilian equivalent of Hampton Court or Versailles, an attraction which draws visitors away from Rio or Buzios for a bit of gentility and culture. The beautiful city of Petropolis is high in the interior's jungle-clad mountains and not far from the Serra dos Orgaos NP. It's renowned as one of Brazil's classiest cities, with that touch of European elegance--rather like Florence or Bath--which stems from the fact that it was the royal capital of the Brazilian Emperor. We visited after spending a night at the Serra dos Orgaos NP on the SouthAmericaExperience b...Read More