As cruise ships are not able to dock here you will be tendered ashore to the center of town.
Printable map to take along on the cruise.
Cruise schedule for Buzios.
Watch a destination video.
Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, this happy mixture of many bloods prospered and became a picturesque fishing village, elected one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world, famous for its unique combination of rustic charm, architectural harmony, incredible beauty and sophisticated boutiques and restaurants frequented by discerning visitors who come from all over the world to savour its magic.
Originally a sleepy fishing village, Buzios was brought to the world's attention in 1964 by Brigitte Bardot who holidayed here for a number of years. So grateful were the locals for having put them on the map, they erected a statue in her honor. There is no high-rise development here and buildings are all villas and small hotels with rustic, tiled roofs which blend in very well with what can only be described as a Mediterranean landscape. Buzios is well known for its beaches and there are 24 of them to choose from.
You can rent taxis, one can take a local tour on the Buzios Trolley or rent one of Buzios' dune buggies for the day and explore on your own.
Several local operators offer tours to local beaches and islands.
One fun way to get around is via water taxi and explore the nearby beaches.
Several vessels leave from Armação Beach, downtown, normally in the morning and early evening with prices from R$ 25.00 to R$ 50.00 per person, for rides that go by several beaches and islands in Búzios. The rides take between 2 to 5 hours, depending on the ride you choose.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
The peninsula is a sophisticated beach resort with a very active nightlife and fine restaurants. The west coast beaches offer calm, clear waters while the east coast ones, facing the open sea, are a little wilder and draw the surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Among the most popular beaches are Azeda Beach, Joao Fernandinho Beach with several bars and known for its seafood, Ferradura Beach, and Geriba beach, popular for surfing. Manguinhos beach is known for windsurfing. The enchanting Rua das Pedras winds through the town center and features shopping, restaurants, bars and extensive nightlife
Right as you disembark the tender, you will find the very start of Buzios' wonderful shopping opportunities. "Orla Bardot" (Bardot Promenade) adjoins the tender wharf and connects the beaches to the downtown shopping street of Rua das Pedras.
Cafes which offer free WiFi for customers are sparse.
Basic hours for most stores and businesses are from 9am to 6pm, with an extended lunch hour from around noon to 2pm.
Many museums are closed on monday.
Carnival - the five days leading up to Ash Wednesday
April 21 - Remembrance of Tiradentes
May 1 - Labour Day
September 7 - Independence Day
October 12 - Nossa Senhora Aparecida
November 2 - Dia dos Finados (the Day of the Dead)
November 15 - Proclamation of the Republic
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