The biggest draws in Búzios are the natural setting plus its endless array of opportunities for relaxation, nightlife, shopping and ocean sports.
Cobblestoned Rua das Pedras is Búzios’ main venue for shopping, dining and evening entertainment, overflowing with revelers on weekend nights. Its eastward continuation, Orla Bardot, is a delightful winding oceanfront promenade linking the two oldest and most picturesque sections of town (Armação and Ossos). As you walk along the beachfront, you’ll notice several statues by sculptor Christina Motta, including representations of Brigitte Bardot and former Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek, plus some remarkably realistic-looking fishermen hauling in their nets.
Several operators offer tours to local beaches and islands. If you’d rather explore at your own pace, Búzios’ taxis marítimos (water taxis) are an attractive alternative, charging R$10 to R$30 per person to individual beaches around the peninsula; rates are posted on a board at Armação’s water taxi & boat tour dock and elsewhere around town.
Búzios offers hundreds of places to stay, ranging from hostels to top-end hotels. Lodgings in Armação dos Búzios and along the Orla Bardot waterfront towards Ossos offer the easiest walking access to restaurants and nightlife, but there are plenty of other options at beaches around the peninsula, including Praia de Geribá and Praia João Fernandes. Búzios largely caters to couples, so hotel stays can be pricey for solo travelers. High season runs December through March, plus July.
Most of the better restaurants are in or near Armação. For good seafood at more affordable prices, check out the little thatched-roof places on Ferradura and João Fernandes beaches.
Three kilometers west of town at Manguinhos, the trendy food complex Porto da Barra is also worth a look, featuring over a dozen bars and restaurants spread out along a tree-fringed waterfront boardwalk; it's a great place for a snack and a drink at sunset.
Drinking & Nightlife
A slew of bars and clubs lines Rua das Pedras and Orla Bardot, with the action continuing well past midnight.