Holidays in Buzios
Rio's Best Beach Holidays
Beach Holidays in Buzios: Rio's Best Beaches?
After spending some time in Rio, it’s a great idea to head north to Buzios. This peninsula just to the north of Rio is where locals go to escape the city, and tourists flock there for the beautiful coastline of verdant cliffs, studded with dozens of sheltered coves and glorious beaches...
Buzios is a gorgeous antidote to the pressures of the city, with beautiful beaches, boutique pousadas, and great shops, restaurants and bars. It’s easy to find things to do, such as renting beach buggies, taking boat tours of the bay, relaxing at a secluded beach, or taking advantage of the town to shop, eat, and drink.
Holidays and Tours in Buzios
All our holidays are tailor-made, so the trips below either already include Buzios, or can easily change so they do!
Where to Stay in Buzios
Visitors to Buzios are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation, with beautiful pousadas everywhere, some in the centre of the small town of Armacao de Buzios, and many of them just a short walk out of town, with amazing views of the sea and high-end services and amenities.
If money is no object, the Insolito is by far the most exclusive and expensive option, but if budget permits, it’s well worth it. Guests have access to a private beach, swimming pools, the hotel’s boats, and outstanding food both on the pool deck and in the restaurant. A stay here makes for a really luxurious beach holiday in Buzios.
There are dozens of options in-between, many of which come close to the Insolito, but for those on a tighter budget, there are also numerous guesthouses, which are a nice option for travellers who like the idea of staying with locals and a more personal experience. Amenities are usually the same as hotels in terms of linens, cleaning, and breakfast every day, but if you really get on well with your hosts they might give you a tour of the town or even go out for dinner and drinks with you.
Beaches and Tours in Buzios
Obviously, the range of beaches is the major reason for visiting Buzios, and one of the best ways to explore them all is to rent a beach buggy. These can be hired from dozens of places or arranged by your hotel and give you the freedom to find the perfect beach for you.
Beaches in Buzios
Although there is obviously a lot of variation between the different beaches, there is a marked divide between those facing out into the Atlantic, and the more sheltered beaches which face in towards the mainland. Beaches on the west coast of the Buzios peninsula tend to have calm, clear waters, while those which face the open Atlantic ocean on the eastern side are usually much wilder, making them fantastic for surfing.
However, even within this split, you'll find smaller coves which offer peace and solitude away from the crowds, while others have a range of beach bars and restaurants so you can recharge during the day and then party all night! In fact, the nightlife on some of the Buzios beaches can definitely be a big part of the reason people make the trip to Buzios.
If you’re in Buzios when it’s warm and sunny (which is most of the time!) it’s inexpensive and well worth it to take on of the regular schooner or catamaran tours of Buzios bay, which will take you past dozens of beaches and stop periodically for passengers to jump off the boat and have a swim, as well as provide you with unlimited caipirinhas and beers!
Travel To and From Buzios
Buzios is easily accessible from Rio, and there are regular coaches between Rio city centre, Galeao airport and Buzios, but it’s definitely a bit nicer to go by car with a driver so can you depart when you like and stop if you need to. Driving takes just about 2 hours depending on traffic, and this is one of the biggest advantages of choosing Buzios over somewhere like Paraty, which is nearly 5 hours from Rio by car.
Once in Buzios, it’s quite easy to walk around as the peninsula is pretty small, but taxis are inexpensive if you do require one, and your hotel will be able to arrange one for you. Beach buggies are available for rental as well, and sometimes it seems there are more of them than normal cars on the roads!
And if you're feeling particularly flush, it's even possible to hire a schooner and sail around the coast from Rio, which has to be the most exclusive way to begin your holiday in Buzios!
Weather & Climate in Buzios
The temperature in Buzios is fairly consistent throughout the year, but definitely cools off in the Brazilian winter, roughly from May through September.
There is a significant rainy season from October through to January, but these are warm rains that won’t cause you any discomfort while you’re enjoying the beach. However, we’d class February or March as the absolute best time to visit Buzios as you’ll get the best of the temperatures along with largely clear skies.
Tailor-made Tours of Buzios
All our holidays are tailor-made, and because it's so close to Rio we can easily include a trip to Buzios on any of our Brazil holidays. So whether you just want a day trip from Rio, or a much longer beach holiday, get in touch and we can come up with a tour itinerary to suit!
Did you know?
Brazilians have been coming here on their holidays for years, but Buzios was first made famous internationally when a young Brigitte Bardot fled here from France in the 1960s to escape the paparazzi. There's now a statue of her on the waterfront to commemorate this, although things have changed quite a bit since her time...