East of Rio de Janeiro, the Costa do Sul extends for more than 200 miles in a string of powdery beaches. The Búzios Peninsula, located at the eastern end of this coastline, is the area's crown jewel. Its main town, Armaçaõ de Búzios or simply Buzios, is known for its sandy boulevards, boutiques, nightclubs and sidewalk cafés.
Búzios is an established holiday and weekend escape for well-heeled Cariocas (residents of Rio). Beginning in the 1960s, this rustic fishing community began to attract international attention and investment. Despite its increasing popularity, Búzios has retained much of its charm by strictly controlling development allowing only low-rise construction.
More than twenty beaches ring the peninsula. Many are easily accessed, while others are best explored by beach buggy or schooner. Visitors to Búzios can enjoy sailing, dune buggy rentals, surfing, horseback riding, diving and golf. Búzios has a fine collection of boutique hotels. Luxurious private villas are also available.
The nearest international airport is in Rio de Janeiro, 147 miles (3.5 hours) to the southwest. However, Búzios has an airport suitable for light aircraft and small jets. Private land transfers and helicopter charters can be arranged.
Buzios is a year round destination; high temperatures average 80°F to 84°F from October to May, cooling off to the mid-70's during the June to September winter. Precipitation is light; most months average less than three inches of rain. The rainiest month, December, peaks at four inches.
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