Guide to Buzios

Welcome to the St Tropez of South America!

Getting there: Rent a car OR take the bus.  Bus is really easy, clean, only takes about 2.5 hours and costs $25, they leave

Getting around once you are there:

Water taxi (little power boats) that will take you to whatever beach you want to visit on the west side

Rent a ‘buggy’ FYI they are stick shift only, so if you can’t drive a stick…you can’t drive a buggy!


Taxi across the island to the other surf beaches

Where to stay:

Vila D’este— best place (shown above), incredible location right near town Read more here.

Tropico de Capricornio

Casas Brancas

Things to do/See:


Ossos, a secluded tiny beach that you have to ‘hike’ down to: The ‘trail’ to the beach… it’s a little muddy but totally worth it when you make it to the bottom!

Azedinha Azeda: Another small secluded beach with an amazing view!

Geriba beach- my favorite, its long and gorgeous… best place to learn how to surf (lessons are R$30/hour with board and rash guarde included)

Other popular beaches on the west coast include: Joao Fernandes, Brava, and Tartaruga.

Statue of Brigette Bardot by Chrisina Mott: Brigette Bardot has been credited with popularizing the town of Buzios when she visited it in 1964 with her boyfriend at the time, Brazilian musician Bob Zagury. 

Bronze statues of the Three Fisherman of Buzios. Always hard at work these fisherman are a reminder of the fishing roots of this once rustic village.

Go horseback riding

Shopping on Rua da Pedras- great shopping, cute restaurants and nightlife

Catamaran tour of the islands: there is one that leaves at 9:30am and another at 1:30pm lasts about 3 hours, you can hop off an snorkel around near the different surrounding islands.

Walk through the neighborhood at Praia Dos Ossos to view the colonial style buildings.



Fishbone bar-Trendy beach club on Praia de Geribá, the menu features everything from sandwiches to salads to seafood, but plenty of people come here just to drink and catch some rays on the waterfront outdoor deck.

Sorveteria Square There are many flavors of gelato to choose from, so grab a scooper and start creating your favorite flavor combination! After you are satisfied with your

Restaurant Bar do Ze-Read more here FYI turns into a fun trendy scene

Quadrucci- (there is one in Leblon too) always great food.

Brigittas- live music, great food and an ocean view

Capricciosca– Italian, family friendly

Chez Michou– large outdoor sports bar, gets pretty packed, fun spot

Satyricon- Seafood, wide-ranging Mediterranean menu also includes pizza, pasta and risottos.


Sawasdee- awesome Thai food (one in Leblon too!)

Sushi Jardim- Sits right above the water, candle lit, romantic




Pacha-top name DJ’s from around the world nightly in the summer and saturdays through the year

Privilege– hottest club in Buzios,  house music, a list crowd, 2 dance floors and 4 bars

Anexo Praia- fun spot for drinks/ apps trendy crowd turns into a scene

Captains Bar– A little hyped up (I was expecting more from this place), but it’s a good outdoor lowkey bar to grab a drink at before or after dinner



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