When people think of Rio de Janeiro, they picture the stereotypical Sugar Loaf mountain and, of course, the Christ the Redeemer statue. The city is indeed much more than these sites, and for all of us, it is the mecca of BJJ. However, Rio de Janeiro, which is also the name of the state in which the city is located, is a picturesque coastal state with many other spectacular sites outside of the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro. One such notable site is that of Búzios, a beach city 3 hours from Rio.
Historically, Búzios was a locale where pirates and slave traders gathered to trade and rest. Now it is a tropical vacation destination with over twenty beaches in the vicinity. But it does have that feel of a small beach town straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean with clear waters and many different types of ships docked. There are also spectacular cruises available and are highly suggested to everyone because the views of the beaches from the boats are breathtaking.
The main beaches in Búzios are Geribá, Ferradura and João Fernandes. Each beach has it’s own unique flavor and it’s up to you to find the one that suits you best. If you’re a surfer and want to hit the waves in the best way possible, then Geribá is the place to go. If you happen to be into nude tanning, beaches like Olho and Boi provide you with that opportunity. The list continues and honestly, it’s just worth taking a few days to go beach hopping to discover the variety of Búzios beaches on your own.
Lastly, the city has a tinge of Argentinian flavor that makes Búzios different from other cities on the Rio coast. Originally the small town attracted many Argentinian tourists and with time many settled there to start businesses and grow the touristic aspects of the town. Now, Búzios is a vibrant center for nightlife including many famous restaurants, clubs and shops. The most magnetic of these can be found on the street Rua das Pedras, the “stone street”, which was popularized by actress Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s when she came to visit and was swarmed by paparazzi.
So if you’re in Rio training and you want to just break away to a place with a different flavor, keep Búzios in mind – you won’t be disappointed.
Words by Nathalia Perdomo
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