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A beach in Buzios, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, the town of Buzios began as a quaint and quiet fishing village. It's immaculate, serene beauty was a well-kept secret from most, until a discovery by the French star Brigitte Bardot in 1964 made popular the village, transforming it into the spectacular beach resort it is today. Only 2 hours from Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, which has been nominated as one of the top-10 most beautiful places in the world, is an absolute must-see. Over one hundred inns and hotels, from the most luxurious to the simplistic and small, await your stay, making the beautiful white-sand beaches, of which there are over twenty, easily accessible to all. Also scattered throughout the area are an abundance of restaurants-Japanese, French, Italian, Moroccan, Thai and Brazilian- and an array of live music shows, bars, night clubs and the Rua das Pedras (Street of Stones) in downtown Buzios, which ensure a thriving, electric night life. Local and international boutiques and art galleries with unique crafts and jewelry also are dotted along the shores.

The Beaches
Because Buzio's breathtaking beaches are all fairly isolated from one another, differing characteristics make each beach unique, giving it a personality of its own. The Manguinhos beach has calm, soothing waves which allows for many to learn to sail and windsurf. The next beach over, The Geriba Beach, is a long stretch of land and water, filled with surfers, boogie-boarders and wind-surfers. The Ferradura, or "Horseshoe" beach, is closer to town and is the ideal place for snorkeling. The Joao Fernandes and Joao Fernandinho beaches are the busiest and most popular of all, bursting with cafes and packed with beautiful people showing off their tans.

Buzios now offers a variety of quality lodgings to choose from. Stay at a small Pousada or a more typical hotel. Click on the link to view more of the lodging options.

The wide assortment of Buzio's international cuisine is awe-inspiring. The visitor is often left with a strange feeling he has stepped foot into a European town, yet the distinct undertone of Brazilian flavor in most foods will have your taste buds saying otherwise; there is no cuisine as delicious, no attitude so carefree, as that in Rio de Janeiro, and Buzios is a perfect example.

Buzios would not be so popular if it weren't for the famous Rua Das Pedras, lined with live music shows, delicious restaurants, art galleries, and clubs. Walking down the street makes you aware that you are surrounded by people from all over the world, and don't be surprised if you spot a celebrity, or two.. or three!

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