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  • Why Buzios is Brazil's Best Beach Destination

    DESTINATION & TOURISM | JOSH LEW | JULY 07, 2015

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    Brazil’s beaches are world famous. The names of a couple of sandy stretches in the lusophone South American country are known even by people who have never been south of the Equator. Copacabana and Ipanema provide an almost mythical image. Other urban sands, in cities like Recife and Salvador, enjoyed a little bit of screen time during last year’s FIFA World Cup.

    Knowledgable beach aficionados who have spent time in Brazil will point you to a place that is more than 100 miles away from the surf of Copacabana.

    Armação dos Búzios, which is almost always shortened to Buzios, has been the beach destination in Brazil for celebrities and plugged-in tourists for the past 50 years.

    Equal parts laid-back paradise and glamorous getaway, Buzios was a sleepy village until the 1960s. During that decade, one woman was largely responsible for “discovering” it and setting off a tourism boom.

    Buzios and the 1960s movie icon who made it famous

    Buzios was a haven for French pirates in early colonial times before settling into a more tranquil existence as a fishing village. Its quiet days came to an end in 1964, however, when French movie star Brigitte Bardot came to the area seeking a place where she and her Brazilian boyfriend could vacation away from the paparazzi who hounded her every move in Rio.

    Bardot fell in love with Buzios thanks to its quiet atmosphere, laid-back vibe, natural beauty and its two dozen different beaches. Other celebrities followed in her footprints. Stars like Madonna and Mick Jagger have vacationed in Buzios, and the town remains a favorite weekend getaway spot for Rio’s fashionable elite.

    There is now a bronze statue of Bardot in Buzios, and a street and cinema in the town have been named after her. Though evidence of the bucolic pre-’64 fishing village has all but disappeared, most locals are fond of Bardot for putting their town on the tourist map.

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    PHOTO: A statue erected in Bardot's honor. (Via Flickr)

    Two dozen beaches

    By most counts, Buzios has more than 20 beaches. There are a number of inlets and coves, so even though the peninsula where the town is located seems crowded with beaches, many of the spots are isolated from one another.

    The result of this geography is a buffet-like menu of choices. Surfers and bodyboarders head to Geriba Beach, which usually has a decent swell. Horseshoe-shaped Ferradura Beach draws snorkelers and families who appreciate the always-calm water.

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    Photo via Flickr

    Ossos Beach is a favorite of jet-setters, who frequent the hip waterside bistros and cafes. Ilhabela Beach, meanwhile, is the best place to get in touch with the laid-back vibe that Bardot and her Brazilian beau first found so enticing.

    Two stretches of sand, Joao Fernandes and Joao Fernandinho, are the most crowded spots. This is where tourists come when they want to experience a typical Brazilian beach scene with tanned and toned “beautiful people.”

    Old meets new: flagstone streets and hip hotels

    The town of Buzios itself has some features that hearken back to the pre-tourism-boom era. Rua das Pedras, the “Main Street” of Buzios, is still paved with flagstones.

    The flagstones are actually partly responsible for the casual vibe at local restaurants and nightclubs. Flat shoes are a necessary part of every partier’s outfit. You might see celebrities at the most popular nightclubs in town, but you will rarely see high heels. It is too difficult to walk on the flagstones with them.

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    Photo via Flickr

    Another attractive Buzios trait is its array of boutique hotels. The town’s hip image is probably most evident in its accommodations. Examples include the cool Insolito Hotel, which has individually decorated suites with features like floor-to-ceiling windows, Afro-Brazilian art and murals of cherubs overlooking the beds. Casas Brancas and Boca do Ceu Domaine both have the same type of creative one-of-a-kind decor in each of their rooms.

    Like any beach destination, Buzios is at its best during the shoulder seasons. In Brazil that is March through May and September through November. Since the town is only about two hours from Rio by highway, weekends tend to be a little busier than weekdays during the high season.

    Buzios is definitely on the tourist map, though people with a casual knowledge of Brazil probably don’t yet know about it. It’s impossible to have an authentic discussion about Brazil’s beach scenes without including this as one of the top-ranking places to catch a tan and relax on the sand.

  •  08h30 16/02/15

    Turismo em Búzios: o que fazer no balneário fluminense

    Rua das Pedras, trilhas e praias. Conheça as atrações imperdíveis em Búzios, a charmosa cidade litorânea do Rio de Janeiro

    Estátua da atriz francesa Brigitte Bardot: um dos ícones de BúziosBrigitte

    Armação de Búzios, o charmoso balneário do estado do Rio de Janeiro, entrou no mapa internacional depois que a atriz francesa Brigitte Bardot chegou à cidade na década de 1960 e divulgou a então pacata vila de pescadores para o mundo.

    Desde então, o reduto litorâneo passou a atrair uma grande quantidade de turistas estrangeiros. Muitos deles se encantaram pelo lugar e decidiram estabelecer residência por ali e abrir os seus próprios negócios no município fluminense.

    Da influência de tantas nacionalidades diferentes, surgiram restaurantes com menus de diversos lugares do mundo, além de casas noturnas badaladas, ateliês, hotéis e pousadas com muita personalidade. Junte a isso praias paradisíacas, muita natureza ao redor e pronto: Búzios tem tudo para ser um destino inesquecível para acalmar a mente.

    Tem planos de viajar para lá? Veja as atrações imperdíveis do belo destino da Região dos Lagos do Rio de Janeiro:

    Rua das Pedras - Com pouco mais de 600 metros de extensão, a via peatonal de calçamento de pedras é o lugar mais badalado de Búzios. Por ali se concentram os principais bares, restaurantes, galerias de arte, lojinhas de decoração e grifes de luxo da cidade. Nos meses de alta temporada, com o vaivém de gringos, casais e famílias inteiras, algumas lojas permanecem abertas até as primeiras horas da madrugada.

    À noite, a tranquilade diurna da Rua das Pedras transforma-se na via mais badalada de BúziosRua

    Orla Bardot - Acompanhando a praia da Armação, a Orla Bardot é a continuação da Rua das Pedras. É um passeio agradável para fazer durante o dia, com um visual incrível do mar salpicado de barquinhos coloridos e muitos recantos para descansar e ver o pôr do sol. Na via se encontra também a famosa estátua de Brigitte Bardot, obra da artista plástica Christina Motta. É dela também a escultura dos três pescadores em bronze puxando uma rede no meio da praia. À noite, o agito da área fica por conta dos restaurantes, bares com música ao vivo e casas noturnas, incluindo a animada Privilège.

    Trilhas - Os mais aventureiros podem desbravar as diferentes trilhas que existem em Búzios. Tem percursos para todos os níveis de dificuldades, de pequenas caminhadas panorâmicas a circuitos de trekking que exigem mais esforços. Uma das trilhas mais populares é o caminho "Mangue de Pedras", que passa pro paisagens espetaculares como o mirante do Pai Vitório e a praia da Gorda. Outra conhecida é a da Serra das Emerências, uma enorme reserva de Mata Atlântica e vista para as principais praias da região.

    A escultura dos três pescadores é uma das atrações que podem ser vistas na Orla Bardot Bay

    Praias - De enseadas mais reservadas a faixas de areia badaladas, são mais de 20 praias na cidade de Búzios. No centro ficam as praias do Canto, da Armação e dos Ossos. Bem pertinho estão as praias da Azeda e Azedinha, pequenas mas de águas transparentes e cercadas de muita vegetação. Não há quiosques, mas as duas contam com barquinhos que funcionam como bares.

    A de Geribá, do outro lado da península, é muito frequentada por jovens, surfistas e adeptos de esportes náuticos como o windsurfe e o kitesurfe. Os bons ventos correm também nas praias Rasa e de Manguinhos.

    Quem viaja com crianças, prefere as águas calmas de Ferradura, João Fernandes e Tartaruga, onde os turistas podem fazer passeios de caiaque e banana boat. Para os mais desinibidos, o lugar certo é o pequeno trecho da Olho de Boi, uma das melhores praias de nudismo do mundo. O acesso à área naturalista é feito por uma trilha que começa na praia Brava.

    A praia da Azeda é uma das mais fotogênicas do balneário fluminense

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     Búzios Trolley - O caminhão adaptado para fazer tours turísticos é a melhor forma de conhecer as principais atrações de Búzios. O passeio passa por 12 praias e mirantes, com diversas paradas pelo caminho e mergulho em alguns pontos do balneário. O roteiro começa no centro da cidade, na sede da empresa Tourshop.

    Gran Cine Bardot - O único cinema da cidade foi batizado em homenagem à atriz que deu fama à cidade. Localizado na região da Rua das Pedras, o local abriga todos os anos, no mês de novembro, o famoso Búzios Cine Festival, um evento que reúne mostras cinematográficas gratuitas, pré-estreias e encontro de distribuidores e exibidores.

  • New app guides visitors on a gastronomic journey in Buzios, the Brazilian St Tropez

    Category: Technology

    Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:30
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     Known as the Brazilian St Tropez, the charming town of Buzios have only 30,000 inhabitants...and almost 200 restaurants

    The idyllic peninsula of Buzios, just two hours drive from Rio de Janeiro city became famous in the early 60 ́s after French actress Brigitte Bardot “discovered” the village. Since them Buzios turned a must see destination for tourists, not only for its picturesque sea side resorts but also for its variety of fine restaurants, bars and cafes. Buzios hosts its own Food Festival, attracting over 30,000 food enthusiasts to town every year and hosts almost 200 restaurants in its little village.

    However, for the thousands foreigners that visit the city every year though, finding a restaurant in Buzios is not always an easy task: the complicated (and sometimes lack of) street signage can sometimes be a puzzle for those who do not speak Portuguese. Menu Buzios comes to rescue all foodies with a guide that compiles restaurants and bars by genre, type of food, price and occasion, providing full info about each place and – what ́s best - a GPS map for you to get safe and sound to each location.

    Menu Buzios was created by a couple passionate about food and, of course, Buzios: Gracie Croce and Fred Barros (a travel journalist and a digital programmer) decided to put an end to the tourists ́ misery by launching the app MenuBuzios. The app has been receiving great reviews by the Brazilian press and it is ready for its international launch.

    How it works: The app can be accessed via website menubuzios.com, and comes in three different languages - Portuguese, English and Spanish - and has over 140 restaurants in its database. A very smart filter of results helps finding the best spots, such as bars, family friendly places, romantic options and delivery. “We noticed there was no guide to help tourists around this very popular town, and decided to help visitants to understand that there ́s more to the Buzios than its high street, called Rua das Pedras. It’s a vibrant place for great food, with restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world”, explains Gracie.

    Whether you are looking for a Thai restaurant in Buzios, a fine Argentine steak, a beach bar overlooking the sea for sundowners or simply a pizza delivered at your hotel, the app gives you all the answers. You can also follow MenuBuzios social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and get suggestions of dishes you have to try while in town, major events happening, promotions and important information about Buzios.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio soaks up sun in Brazil's Buzios

    The Straits Times
    www.straitstimes.com
    Published on Jun 15, 2014

    Leonardo DiCaprio soaks up sun in Brazil's Buzios

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - After jetting into Brazil to watch the World Cup opening match, Leonardo DiCaprio decided to hit the beach, pointing his luxury yacht toward the famous turquoise waters off Buzios.

    DiCaprio, 39, has been spotted shopping, strolling on the beach and soaking up the sun around the resort town made famous by French actress Brigitte Bardot when she vacationed there in the 1960s.

    The Wolf Of Wall Street star travelled to Brazil on a private jet Wednesday with 21 friends and is staying on a 147m yacht that belongs to Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, the owner of the Manchester City football club.

    The yacht, the Topaz, is the fifth-largest in the world and sports three pools, a gym, a jacuzzi, two helipads and a movie theatre. Its value is estimated at US$400 million (S$500 million).

    Copyright © 2014 Singapore Press Holdings. All rights reserved.
  • FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil

    FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil

    World Cup organizers, FIFA and other major sponsors, have already reserved hotel space in bulk as well. No one doubts that from June 12 to July 13, 2014, accommodations in Rio will be extremely scarce, with many reliant on temporary property rentals.

    We still have apartments for rent in Rio available during the World Cup period!

  • Christmas in Rio de Janeiro!

    The Christmas season officially began in the city when the famous Lagoa Christmas tree (Árvore de Natal) was lit on Saturday, November 30th. It is the largest floating Christmas tree in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

    The European and American representations of Christmas might look a bit out of place in the tropical heat, but the holiday is still a celebration of food, family,lights, gift giving and for some, religion in Rio!

    Merry Christmas !

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