The Best Beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Beyond
|1 night:||Sao Paulo for endless local dining options and art-centric museum touring.|
|4 nights:||Rio de Janeiro for visiting the world-famous Christo Redentor, surveying the city from Pao de Acucar, samba dancing, and the sun.|
|2 nights:||Arraial do Cabo for lounging on pristine beaches and boat touring nearby remote islands.|
|2 nights:||Buzios for more white-sand beaches, upscale shopping, and sipping caipirinhas in Brigitte Bardot’s favorite Brazilian town.|
" This sun-centered trip visits Brazil’s two most famous big cities, with stops along the way to some lesser-known beach towns for their stunning seaside views and crystal clear water. "
Some general information:
This route has been created as a road trip with a rental car. In Brazil, rental cars are very inexpensive and international brands (such as Hertz) are available in every major city. The routes suggested are safe, with excellent roads, and easy to navigate. The exploration of Arraial do Cabo and Buzios is best with a car, as the beaches are very spread out and transportation within the towns are limited. Additionally, the vista points are amazing, and most fun to explore independently with your own vehicle.
If you wish to take public transportation, there are bus routes available between all of the stops except for Arraial do Cabo and Buzios. A basic knowledge of Portuguese is highly recommended for any long distance bus journeys. Public transportation and taxis within Arraial do Cabo and Buzios are almost nonexistent.
It is also an option to base yourself in Rio de Janeiro, and to take an all-day organized tour to Arraial do Cabo on one day, and then Buzios on another day. Any tour operator can set the excursion up, and your hotel may sell such packages as well.