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$6 to R$10 per person to individual beaches around the peninsula (rates are posted on a board at Armação’s main pier and elsewhere around town).
Búzios caters to couples, so things can get pricey for solo travelers. Rates quoted here are for the high season: 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 14 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 whole slew of bars and clubs lines Rua das Pedras and Orla Bardot, with the action continuing well past midnight.
Festivals & Events
To the north of Búzios, Rio das Ostras Jazz e Blues in late May/early June is one of Brazil’s best music festivals.