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We’ve gathered here the best travel tips for Búzios , one of the most popular destinations in Rio de Janeiro. With a lot of beach options with paradisiacal scenarios, the city also guarantees a great nightlife and countless attractions to suit all tastes.
Check out 7 tips and important information here to plan your trip and take advantage of our suggested itinerary for 2 to 5 days in the city. And have a good trip!
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Anyone who thinks that Búzios is all about the beaches is wrong. There you can also enjoy the night, visiting bars, restaurants and nightclubs on Rua das Pedras. The place is super trendy, perfect for those who enjoy this type of leisure.
During the day there is also no lack of tour options. And the good news is also for lovers of good food: the cuisine of Búzios is super varied and delicious!
If you are planning your trip to Búzios, you are in the right place! Come with us and check out everything you need to know before you go:
Trip to Búzios: everything you need to know
We made this travel guide for Búzios with all the tips and information for you to plan your trip to the city. You will see:
How to get to Buzios
Búzios is 170 km from the capital Rio de Janeiro and is part of the Lakes Region. This region also has the cities of Arraial do Cabo, Cabo Frio, São Pedro da Aldeia, Iguaba Grande, Araruama and Saquarema.
Depending on your starting point, you can arrive in Búzios in different ways:
The closest airport to Búzios is Cabo Frio (CFB), 28 km away from the city. This airport has a very limited number of flights, and the vast majority come from Confins, in Belo Horizonte. The prices are not the most inviting either.
If you are coming from another state, you can arrive in the capital via Santos Dumont or Galeão airports. After that, you need to rent a car or take a bus to Búzios.
If you arrive to the capital Rio de Janeiro by plane, you can rent a car at Santos Dumont or Galeão airports, where there are several rental companies where you can pick up your vehicle.
Ideally, you should book in advance to choose the car model you prefer and to get the best price. For this, we recommend that you make the reservation through Rentcars , which works as a price comparison among the best and most reliable car rental companies in Brazil.
From Rio de Janeiro to Búzios by car, the route passes through the Rio-Niterói Bridge, taking the BR 101 and then towards Região dos Lagos via Via Lagos (RJ-124).
This route has two tolls: one on the Rio-Niterói Bridge, which costs R$4.30; and Via Lagos, which during the week is worth R$12.40 and on weekends rises to R$20.60
Via Lagos is well signposted and has gas stations, snack bars and restaurants along the way. The trip takes an average of 2h30.
If you can, avoid traveling to Búzios on weekends and especially on long holidays. As it is a tourist area and much sought after, traffic is immense, and the journey to Búzios can take much longer than 2h30.
If you prefer to go by bus from Rio de Janeiro to Búzios, the trip is also very smooth.
Buses depart from the Novo Rio bus station at different times. Auto Viação 1001 operates on this route .
For those at Galeão airport, you can take a direct bus to Búzios, also operated by Auto Viação 1001.
For those arriving at Santos Dumont airport, it is necessary to take a tram from the airport to the Rodoviária and, from there, take a bus to Búzios.
The trip by bus Rio de Janeiro – Búzios takes about 3 hours (without traffic) and the cost of the ticket is approximately R$80.
When to go to Buzios
During the summer and high season – including long holidays and festivities – the number of tourists who decide to travel to Búzios grows significantly.
The beaches of Búzios are extremely crowded, and many of them have a very short strip of sand. Also take into account the waiting time (an eternity) for a dish or drink in the bars and restaurants of Rua das Pedras.
And it’s not just the city that gets crowded: the roads are also super congested, and it takes a lot of patience to face traffic that can last for hours and hours.
Also, prices are sky high – that goes for accommodations, tours and food. For you to have an idea, I took a trip to Búzios in November 2019 – low season – and I paid R$9 for a super simple popsicle on Rua das Pedras.
So if you want to enjoy the best of the beaches of Búzios and the various sights in the city, believe me and escape these dates.
The best time to go to Búzios is in April (except Easter) and May , in autumn. The temperature is super nice and the chances of rain are much smaller compared to summer.
During this period, you will enjoy your trip to Búzios. The beaches are not crowded and it is possible to observe the sea and the surrounding natural landscape more peacefully.
In spring, the months of September and October (except holidays) can also provide a good travel experience to Búzios, as the city and beaches are much emptier.
How long to stay in Buzios
With several options of beaches, tours and a busy night, the ideal is that you stay for at least 3 days in Búzios.
What I usually suggest is: try to travel on a Thursday very early and stay until Sunday, so you can get to know the main attractions, beaches and tourist attractions of Búzios.
In two whole days you can get to know some beaches and one or another different attraction, but I’m sure you’ll get a taste of wanting more.
And of course you can come back other times. I myself have stayed 3 times in the city and on each trip I discovered or visited a different place!
If you have more time, you can still add Arraial do Cabo or Cabo Frio to your trip, and in a week you can enjoy several attractions of these cities.
What to bring on your trip to Búzios
Búzios is a beach town, and one of the first things you should put in your bag are swimwear, like a bikini and swimsuit for women and swim trunks for men.
Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a cap or hat to protect yourself from the sun. Bring a sarong to spread on the sand on the beach and also a towel to dry off.
Some beaches in Búzios do not have kiosks, stalls or street vendors selling food, drink and beach accessories. That’s why it’s important to bring plenty of water and light foods, such as cereal bars, fruits and natural sandwiches. A beach tent is also essential.
Be sure to pack light and comfortable clothes for day trips. A beach gown or a dress for women always goes well. For men, shorts and t-shirts. Also bring slippers and flats.
Clothes for a night walk, however, are at the discretion and taste of each one, and it also depends on the type of environment. For women, I do not recommend high heels in Rua das Pedras, and if the heel is thin, it can even get stuck between the stones.
It’s always good to bring a coat, even if the weather forecast is sunny during your stay in the city.
And of course, the paradisiacal scenarios of Búzios yield spectacular photos. Don’t forget your camera and, if you have one, take a GoPro for underwater photos as well.
What to do in Buzios
There is no lack of attractions in Búzios for all types of travellers. In addition to the famous beaches, you can enjoy the Buzios nightlife in bars, restaurants and even nightclubs.
The city also has a super romantic and cozy atmosphere, especially at sunset. You can enjoy it with family, friends and also on a trip for two!
Check out the main attractions and sights of Búzios below:
Geribá Beach | one of the most famous beaches in Búzios and much frequented by the younger crowd – there are beach clubs that play music for a good part of the day. It is also the largest beach in Búzios and has a wide stretch of sand. The sea guarantees good waves for surfing and windsurfing.
Ferradurinha Beach | close to Praia de Geribá, Praia da Ferradurinha is located between two stone walls and takes its name from its horseshoe shape. This beach is already much smaller, with a very short strip of sand, but it is worth visiting for offering a beautiful landscape and a calm sea with clear waters.
João Fernandes Beach | the natural landscape of this beach is incredible, and that is why it is one of the most beautiful in Búzios. The sea is usually crystal clear, looking like an open-air swimming pool. Snorkeling is highly recommended on the rock face on the right side of the beach.
João Fernandinho Beach | if you went to Praia de João Fernandes, you also need to know its neighbor Praia de João Fernandinho. This beach is much smaller, but provides an even more beautiful setting, surrounded by forest and rocky walls.
Turtle Beach | surrounded by a beautiful vegetation of cacti and bromeliads, Praia da Tartaruga has calm and crystal-clear waters, in addition to large stones in the sand and in the sea. The beach takes its name because several turtles usually swim there, and you might be lucky enough to spot one.
Azeda and Azedinha | they are two of the favorites of residents and tourists in Búzios. They are very small, but offer a charming look and very transparent blue waters, forming natural Pisces. As part of the Environmental Protection Area (APA), nature is very well preserved.
Ferradura Beach | it is not one of the prettiest in the city, but it offers a calm and shallow sea, being much sought after by those traveling with children. The beach is also named for the unusual shape of a horseshoe.
Praia do Forno | the best choice for those who want to get away from crowded beaches and looking for a quiet place to relax. Praia do Forno is less frequented by tourists, and a differential is its sand, which has a reddish pink tone.
Bull’s Eye Beach | if you like new experiences, Olho de Boi Beach is a great stop during your trip to Búzios. The beach is nude and is accessed by a trail that starts at Praia Brava. It is very small and the sea is usually rough, but being between two huge rocks, the scenery is very beautiful.
Enjoy and see our post about the best beaches in Búzios . In it you can also check the best accommodation options in each location.
Boat trip in Buzios
Another good tip is to take a boat trip during your trip to Búzios, getting to know some of the beautiful beaches of the resort.
You can book the boat trip in advance or buy it directly from the tourist agencies (I don’t recommend it in high season).
For you to know what the boat trip is like, here is the information:
- Departure from the Brigitte Bardot sculpture pier
- Route that passes through 3 islands and 12 beaches
- Total of 3 diving stops: Ilha Feia + João Fernandes + Azeda or Tartaruga (depending on sea conditions)
- Total 3 hours of tour
Even though you can’t get to know all the beaches in Búzios, the boat trip provides a spectacular view of the city’s nature. Check values and information before making your reservation.
To find out even more information and itineraries, check out our post about the boat trip in Búzios .
Ride buggy in Buzios
In addition to sea tours, you can also venture along the city’s dirt roads by taking a buggy ride, which is highly sought after by tourists.
With a guided tour, you will know the beaches of João Fernandes, João Fernandinho and Praia do Forno. In addition, there are also stops at Mirante da Praia Brava with a beautiful view of the beach, the Mirante da Praia do Forno – overlooking Praia da Foca, and the Mirante da Praia de João Fernandes.
The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and has an average price of R$60 per person.
If you prefer, you can also rent a buggy and drive on your own, free to set up your itinerary. Daily rates start at R$140.00.
The famous Rua das Pedras
In addition to enjoying the beaches and sightseeing during the day, you also have several options for night outings in Búzios. A mandatory stop is Rua das Pedras, where the buzz takes place at night.
Rua das Pedras has a large number of shops, ranging from clothing and shoe stores to bars, restaurants and nightclubs, such as the famous Privilège , Zapata and Buda Beach , which also works as a bar and restaurant.
Rua das Pedras is also the starting point for boats and schooners that carry out the tours in Búzios, because from there you can also reach Praia da Armação and Orla Bardot – our next on the list.
It is impossible to make a trip to Búzios without knowing one of the city’s postcards: the Orla Bardot and the bronze statue of Brigitte Bardot.
The Orla Bardot offers a beautiful landscape and a romantic walk. You can visit it during the day to observe the boats that are moored at Praia da Armação, or in the late afternoon to contemplate a beautiful sunset.
It is very close to Rua das Pedras, and you can also take a walk there at night.
Also visit the Cine Bardot , where the Búzios Film Festival takes place in November.
Panoramic tour in Buzios
The panoramic tour of Búzios is made aboard a tourist bus with open windows, which help to enjoy the city’s view even more.
This is a great option for those who are going on a faster trip and want to know the main attractions on a trip to Búzios. If you have more time available, it’s worth getting to know these spots more calmly.
The tour lasts about 2 hours and passes through the following points:
- Canto Beach
- Armação beach
- Praia do Forno (stop for diving)
- Viewpoint of João Fernandes
- Viewpoint of Brava
- Statue of Brigitte Bardot
Check out more information and values about the panoramic tour of Búzios .
Where to stay in Buzios
To make the most of your trip to Búzios, the ideal is to stay for at least one or two nights in the city – if you can more, even better!
So, let’s bring some accommodation options in our guide to Búzios:
Geribá Beach | If you already want to wake up with your feet on the beach, Chez Pitu Praia Hotel is an excellent option.
The Pousada Blue Marlin is only 25 meters from the beach, the decor is simpler, but the rooms are super comfortable.
The Pousada dos Tangarás is less than 5 minutes from the beach and offers a swimming pool, sauna and room options with Jacuzzi.
If you want to take a dip in the pool, Pousada Corais e Conchas offers no less than 4 options.
João Fernandes Beach | This region offers one of the best hotels and inns in Búzios, but prices are also usually higher.
With a privileged view of João Fernandes Beach, the Hotel Ville La Plage & Beach Club has direct access to the beach.
The Inn Heaven’s Gate offers rooms overlooking the sea and has a beautiful rustic decor.
Already the Pousada Santorini is among the best hotels in Buzios, and offers great accommodations and a beautiful and sophisticated decor.
Turtle Beach | Just 400 meters from the beach, Pousada de Búzios has a simple decoration, but it is very cozy and surrounded by nature in Búzios.
A little further away, Pousada Casa Cactus is 1.7 km from the beach, but it has a difference: some rooms have a private pool.
Ferradura Beach | A few steps from the beach, Hotel Ferradura Resort is the perfect accommodation if you are looking for a more sophisticated place.
The Pontal da Ferradura inn has 3 stars and offers a beautiful leisure area with swimming pool, sauna and garden.
The Villa Bella Inn has simple rooms, but does not lack in comfort and location: is just 5 minutes from the beach.
Armação Beach – Orla Bardot | In a colonial architecture building and very well decorated, Pousada Aroma do Mar is 600 meters from Rua das Pedras.
Close to Orla Bardot, you have the Hotel Doce Mar as a lodging option with a rustic and super cozy decoration.
Now if you are looking for a more elegant place, the Hotel Atlântico Búzios Convention & Resort is the perfect choice for you.
Where to eat in Buzios
With over 600 bars and restaurants, Búzios is not lacking in a good place to eat. There you will find the most varied options, from typical regional dishes to international ones.
The city has an excellent reputation in terms of gastronomy, with famous and sophisticated restaurants.
For those who want to save money, you can also find great places in Rua das Pedras, Praia da Armação and Orla Bardot, which provide a beautiful view of the sea of Búzios and also the sunset.
Here are some tips for great places to quench your hunger:
Porto da Barra | a gastronomic complex with around 15 bars, restaurants and lounge, with a wide variety of local and international dishes. Porto da Barra is located on Manguinhos Beach and offers a beautiful sea view, perfect for lunch with family or friends. If you’re traveling as a couple, a dinner at Porto da Barra is super romantic.
Primitive -$$ | if you can’t do without a good pizza, this is a mandatory stop on Rua das Pedras. With options of Italian cuisine and prices are very affordable.
Parvati -$$ | another very famous restaurant that specializes in Italian cuisine, as well as serving other international dishes.
Chez Michou Crêperie -$$ | the most rated restaurant on TripAdvisor, Chez Michou is in the heart of Rua das Pedras and offers the city’s super famous crepe. The atmosphere is simple and pleasant.
Deck Pizzeria & Restaurant -$$ | to enjoy a good pizza and have good drinks overlooking the sea at Praia da Armação.
Mata Hari Bar and Restaurant -$$ | also at Praia da Armação, with a great menu of seafood and Argentinean dishes.
The Boat -$$ | located on Orla Bardot, with seafood specialty. The price is inviting.
Maria Maria Café -$$ | with a very beautiful decoration, this cafe offers dishes that make your mouth water! With a beautiful view of the sea and located on Rua das Pedras, it is perfect for having a great breakfast and enjoying some sweets.
Bluebeard – $$$ | famous for its drinks and cuisine specializing in Latin dishes, Barba Azul is located on Orla Bardot. It’s more sophisticated and prices are a little higher, but it’s worth it.
Noi Cervejaria Artesanal Restaurant -$$$ | perfect for beer lovers, it is very close to Rua das Pedras and offers a menu with delicious dishes. The atmosphere is super cozy and in high season there is live music.
Búzios Tour: suggestion for 2, 3, 4 and 5 days
Despite being a relatively small city, with 70 km² and about 34,000 inhabitants, Búzios offers several attractions that can be explored for several days.
It is noteworthy that the ideal is that you go to the beaches very early to get to know others throughout the day. A car helps a lot to get from one beach to another, as some are further away.
To make it easier, we set up this suggested itinerary of 2 to 5 days of travel to Búzios:
Búzios Tour – 2 days
Day 1 | Orla Bardot + Praia da Armação + Praia dos Ossos + Praia Azeda and Azedinha + Rua das Pedras at night
Day 2 | João Fernandes Beach + João Fernandinho + Tartaruga Beach. Take this tour by car or rent a buggy to visit the viewpoints.
Búzios Tour – 3 days
Day 3 | Geribá Beach + Ferradurinha Beach + Porto da Barra
Búzios Tour – 4 days
Day 4 | Praia do Forno + Praia da Foca + Praia Brava + Olho de Boi Beach
Búzios Tour – 5 days
Day 5 | Hit and return to Arraial do Cabo. Check out the best beaches in the city, which is just 28 km from Búzios.
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