Ilha de Cabo Frio

Top choice in Arraial do Cabo

This stunning island, accessed by boat from Praia dos Anjos, is Arraial do Cabo's top day-trip destination. Praia do Farol, on the protected side of the island, is a gorgeous beach with fine white sand. The Gruta Azul (Blue Cavern), on the southwestern side of the island, is another beautiful spot. Be alert, though: the entrance to the underwater cavern is submerged at high tide.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Arraial do Cabo attractions

1. Forte São Mateus

7.72 MILES

Forte São Mateus, a stronghold against pirates, was built between 1616 and 1620 at the eastern end of Praia do Forte to protect the lucrative brazilwood…

2. Museu do Surf

7.95 MILES

A must-see for surfing aficionados, this quirky museum near the Cabo Frio waterfront traces the history of the sport through the owner's private…

3. Rua das Pedras

17.66 MILES

The biggest draws in Búzios are the natural setting plus the intoxicating mixture of opportunities for relaxation, nightlife, shopping and ocean sports…

5. Orla Bardot

18.09 MILES

Orla Bardot, the eastward continuation of Rua das Pedras, is a delightful winding oceanfront promenade linking the two oldest and most picturesque…

6. Fishermen Statues

18.11 MILES

Remarkably realistic-looking fishermen hauling in their nets by sculptor Christina Motta.