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Azeda Beach in Buzios, Brazil

Buzios, Brazil Shore Excursion and Port Information
Contributed by
Tom Ogg

Language and Currency
What is Buzios, Brazil Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?

Buzios, Brazil Port Reviews

Language and Currency

The official language of Brazil is Portuguese and the currency is the Brazilian Real. However, U.S. dollars are widely accepted. Be sure to have an ample supply of small bills to make exact change.

What is Buzios, Brazil like?

Buzios' Tres Pescaderos (3 Fisherman) Statutes on a Reef

Buzios, Brazil is a perfect port of call. It is easily accessed via walking and water taxi, offers world-class shopping, superb restaurants, excellent beaches and unlimited water sports. I would liken Buzios to La Jolla, Monterey or Santa Barbara in California, only more user friendly. You will love this port, I guarantee it.

Bronze Statute of Brigitte Bardot Along the Way to Rua das Pedras

Brigitte Bardot made Buzios famous by making it her personal choice of beach destinations in 1964. Today, it is a favorite with Rio de Janeiro's upper class and international visitors alike.

What is the weather like?

Buzios enjoys tropical weather year around with temperatures between 75 and 90 degrees. It can be hot and sunny. Be sure to take lots of sunscreen and wear a hat and limit your time in the direct sun based on the amount of exposure that you have had prior to arriving in Buzios. Buzios averages 4 to 5 inches of rain per month during their summer months (November through April).

Where does the ship dock?

Anchored in Buzios (Taken From Brigitta's Restaurant)

Ships anchor in the bay in front of Buzios and tender into the tender wharf located just north of the downtown area.

The Tender Wharf in Buzios

Where is the shopping?

Rua das Pedras Shopping Street

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.

Orla Bardot Shops

Once you exit the wharf area, you will be deposited on Orla Bardot and its wonderful shopping opportunities. Don't make the mistake of thinking that this is the main shopping area. You must continue to the right along the ocean for about 1/4 mile until you arrive at the Rua das Pedras Shopping Street where the shopping becomes world-class.

What is there to buy?

Busios Tee Shirt Shop

There is so much to shop for in Buzios that you could spend the entire day shopping and little else. First and foremost, Buzios must be the Brazilian Bikini capital of the world. There are seemingly hundreds of bathing suit and beachwear stores, clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, surf shops, souvenir and craft shops and lots more.

Buzios Souvenir Shop

What is there to do?

The Buzios Trolly Tour

Buzios offers a full compliment of shopping, restaurants, bars, night life, beaches and water sports. One can take a local tour on the Buzios Trolly (pictured above) rent a driver for the day or rent one of Buzios' dune buggies for the day and explore on their own.

Buzios Dune Buggy Rental

But, the best way to get around is via water taxi.

Buzios' Water Taxis

Water taxis operate from the main pier to all of the local beaches on the west side of the peninsula. While there are some 20 beaches accessible from Buzios, here are the closest and the best.

Joao Fernandes Beach

Joao Fernandes Beach offers a great swimming and sunning beach, as well as excellent restaurants. The umbrellas and lounge chairs area available for free and waiters from the restaurant sponsoring the items will serve you food and drink at reasonable prices all day long. There are also beach vendors selling everything imaginable.

The Recanto do Sol Restaurant

We snacked on some corn-on-the-cob before enjoying an order of shrimp and some wine from the Recanto do Sol Restaurant. We had heard that the restaurant was excellent, but found the service and food to only be very good. I suspect that all of the restaurants along this beach are wonderful. I would highly recommend Joao Fernandes Beach to anyone.

Azeda Beach (Seen From An Arriving Water Taxi)

You can jump on one of the water taxis and have them drop you at the next beach towards town, Azeda Beach. This is a much smaller, but very quaint beach with fewer services. The cove just next to the main beach on the left-hand side is said to be a topless beach for those that are interested.

Fresh Shrimp Skewers Anyone?

There are a number of beach vendors here and one vendor, selling freshly grilled shrimp skewers caught my eye. While Azeda Beach is nice, I would give Joao Fernandes the thumbs up.

The Trail From Azeda Beach to Ossos Beach

On the far end of Azeda Beach there is a trail that leads up to the road that will take you to Ossos Beach and back into town. It is an easy walk and enjoyable to boot.

Ossos Beach

Water taxis serve all of the beaches and one can pick one up at Ossos Beach back to the pier downtown if they do not want to walk along the coastline back to Rua das Pedras and all of the restaurants, bars and night clubs. Here are just some of the eclectic shops and bars you will see along Rua das Pedras

Rua das Pedras Shops and Restaurants

In addition to the beaches mentioned above, the east coast beaches are withing easy walking distance of downtown. Two beaches that are notable for their surf and potential snorkeling are Brava Beach and Geriba Beach.

Is there anything of “Don’t Miss” quality?

Yes, don't miss Buzios. It is a wonderful port!

Are there any great restaurants or bars?

Brigitta's Restaurant

We had arranged to meet some of the people in our group at Bar do Ze Restaurant, whcih has received rave reviews. Unfortunately, Bar do Ze did not open until 6 pm and we had to find an alternate place to dine. We had passed a very quaint restaurant earlier in the day and decided to meet there instead.

Brigitta's Restaurant's Kitchen Area

The afternoon had turned from sunny to cloudy to drizzly to an out right thunder storm. We took refuge in Briggita's ocean-front dinning area and watch the lightning and subsequent deluge. We had round after round of appetizers and bottles of wine. The entire group had an absolutely excellent time.

The Interior of Briggita's Restaurant

The restaurant has numerous little tables to enjoy. There is ocean-front dining, dining on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant, an upstairs dining room;

Another Dining Venue at Briggita's

this restaurant is well worth your patronage, even if it isn't pouring rain. Give it a try, you will love the ambiance, dining and service.

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