Chapter 10: Ten Beaches in Three Days
11.04.2016 - 17.04.2016 98 °F
We just returned from Búzios, a peninsula 2.5 hours East of Rio that's famous for it's beautiful beaches!
Búzios was a rural fishing village until the early ’60s, when it was "discovered" by french actress and fashion model Brigitte Bardot and her Brazilian boyfriend (re-enactment pictured below).
It’s now one of Brazil’s most famous seaside escapes.
Praia means "beach" in Portuguese, and we did our best to check out as many of the scenic praias as possible during our stay.
We rented a little spot downtown among the narrow cobblestone streets speckled with shops and restaurants. Locals zoom from beach to beach in Malibu Barbie-style dune buggies, and Sarah couldn't resist hopping in one for a quick photo op:
Steps from our door was a picturesque waterfront walkway that began at Praia do Armação - #1.
On day one, we walked to lunch at Praia João Fernandes - #2.
From there, we decided to swim to the sister beach Praia João Fernandinho - #3. This ended up being quite a bit further than we anticipated, and we were reminded what a great workout swimming can be!
Afterwards, we hiked northwest to Praia Azeda - #4 and Praia Azedinha - #5, where we had a late afternoon snorkel. Sarah was thrilled to spot two large sea turtles and an eel feeding on a fish!
We stopped at Praia Dos Ossos - #6 on the way home to watch the sunset before heading back for a calamari dinner.
Day two began with a stroll along the boardwalk at Praia do Canto - #7.
Later, we hiked across the mainland to the southern part of the peninsula to check out Praia de Ferradura - #8. We practically had the beach to ourselves, so we enjoyed the whole afternoon between the waves and the shade of a cluster of palm trees.
We ended the day with an incredible dinner at Mistico Lounge. If you ever find yourselves in Búzios, you must order the grilled seafood platter for two and tuck in for a romantic sunset overlooking Armação boardwalk.
On day three, we trekked to the southeastern tip of Búzios, passing several scenic inland views along the way:
We ended up at Praia Brava - #9, which lives up to it's name and quickly became our favorite due to it's more remote location and the rock formations with tide pools dotted along the sandy shore.
Nathan was a pro at spotting even the most camouflaged crabs:
We walked over one of the larger rock formations to see Praia Olho de boi - #10, but returned to spend our final hours at Brava, before catching the night bus back to Rio.
Sadly, next Sunday's issue will be our last dispatch from Brazil. Three months have gone by so fast. We will be taking a few weeks off, but we will be back soon for the next leg of our trip: Peru!