Just 170 km from Rio de Janeiro, a pleasant 2 hours trip by road takes you to the peninsula of Búzios, whose magnificent beaches and crystal-clear water contrast with the exuberantly sculptured landscape and exotic vegetation, where "Mother Nature" provides a wonderful year-round summer.
Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, Búzios provides a happy mixture of many origins, which has prospered and became a picturesque fishing village, elected one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world. Búzios is, 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.
With more than 26 beaches that have a diversity of beauty unmatched else where, this peninsula resembles a small island. Today it is a sophisticated beach resort with a very active nightlife. Off-season, Búzios becomes a paradise for those who appreciate fine restaurants, arts and ecology. Búzios began its life as an up scale resort after Brigitte Bardot discovered it in the early 1960's.
Approximately 8 km long, the Búzios peninsula is bathed by the Brazilian and Antarctic maritime currents. To the west, Búzios offers calm beaches with warm waters and to the east the beaches are more open to the ocean, with some coves and colder waters.
The geography, which is quite particular, is rich in natural beauty with privileged hillsides, rich vegetation and beaches of incomparable beauty. The wind coming from the east blows the rain away and maintains a pleasant temperature, which averages 26° C (79° F).
The city of Búzios, with about 20,000 inhabitants, has its own architectural style, where constructions cannot be over two stories, leading to a harmonious integration of people with nature. The name Búzios comes from a type of seashell, which used to be very abundant on its beaches. There are also rumors that originally the place was called Armação das Baleias (the Whales Place) due to the presence of these animals. The whales used to arrive, from the south of Brazil, in the period from July to October to mate. A colony of fishermen occupied the region during all the 18th century, living off the trade of these animals.