The beautiful beaches of Buzios unfurl to the east of Rio de Janeiro, strung along a glorious peninsular into famed blue waters. Upscale and desirable, Buzios is a beachy escape to a land of sun and thick palm-clad hills. With 17 luxurious, horseshoe-shaped beaches spreading out nearby, and a lively nightlife and culinary scene, Buzios is a place to kick back and soak up some of the best of Brazil's envied beach life.
Formed from three separate towns, Manguinhos, Armação de Búzios and Ossos, Buzios is an attractive, Portuguese-flavoured corner of this stunning country. Stroll the cobbles of Rua das Pedras for a taste of old-time colonial charm. Elevated viewpoints let you rise high and admire the weaving coastline and turquoise waters below - dotted with paddleboarders pushing through waves and green islands emerging.
Just like St Tropez, Buzios came to the wider world's attention when Brigitte Bardot visited the shining white sands, imparting a head-turning sprinkle of stardust, and an air of allure that hasn't faded since. Look out for the waterfront statue of the influential French actress. Growing from fishing village origins, Buzios is now one of Brazil's favoured places to soak up the magic of this coastline. Snorkel with sea turtles gliding around you, or lie back and enjoy the rejuvenating sunshine - which bathes the heavenly coves here. Sail on the deck of a catamaran to take in the beauty off-shore, dropping in at beaches of varying character - from fiery red sands to hidden banana bends and overlooked islands.