Explore Brasil: Buzios

December 18th, 2012

In the region of Lagos, very close to Rio de Janeiro, there is a place that even Paula Hermanny deems as paradise.  This place is called Buzios, and it made a splash in the 1960’s with a visit from the iconic beauty, Brigitte Bardot.

With over twenty beaches, charming inns and boutique hotels plus haute cuisine, the city is abuzz during Brasil's high summer.  Below, find the best that Buzios has to offer:

Where to stay…

Insolito is located in Horseshoe Beach and is the perfect hotel for those who want to learn more about Brasilian culture.  Rooms are completely integrated with nature and showcase themed architecture.  The hotel also has a spa offering the most relaxing treatments.

Casa Brancas or “White Houses” make up one of the most charming boutique hotels of Buzios.  Boasting superb accomodations with a beautiful view of both the sea and forests, the hotel also offers spa packages for extra indulgence.


Where to eat…

Bar do Zé is a very simple but romantic reprieve. This Buzios style bar is also frequented by locals (who can't get enough of the butterfly shrimp)!

Capricciosa offers wood-fired pizza and good wine for a quick and easy meal that is still incredibly delicious.

Satyricon is a restaurant specializing in fresh seafood.  Two huge aquariums filled with lobsters, oysters, clams and shellfish astound guests as soon as they enter the lounge.


Where to bronze…

Buzios has beaches to suit all tastes.  There’s the ever buzzworthy Geribá or tranquil Rasa.  Sports enthusiasts will love the action at Horseshoe beach and foodies will find restaurants galore in Fernandes.


An extra challenge…

Casamar offers diving lessons—experience Buzios in a different way and explore the colorful terrain under the sea!