We went to 9 different beaches in 1 day, including the long hike to the nude beach.
We started close to our hotel at Geriba Beach. The sand is beautiful and plentiful, you could have a regulation size soccer field on it without getting wet. The beach is also very, very long. The only drawbacks are that there is very little action around the beach, there was a small beach restaurant where we entered the beach, but it didn’t seem real appetizing to us. Downtown is on the other side of the ‘island’. It also has very cold water as it doesn’t get the ocean currents from the North.
From Geriba, there is a path to take to get to Ferradurinha Beach, and after that some off-beat roads to find it. It is like a small private paradise, with neat rock formations all around creating relatively calm waters in the bay. There is a café at the entrance to the beach.
Brava Beach is another large beach but very few people were here when we were here (September is technically winter there, despite the very warm temperatures). This beach is at the East end of the land, and a long walk off the main road for tourists, so not the easiest to get to. Again, there is just a little hut at the entrance of the beach, but the surrounding rolling hills made me feel like I was in heaven…Unfortunately, it may have literally been heaven to a dozen or so poor dead penguins and a couple other large birds washed up on shore to the right of the entrance.
There is a path from Brava Beach to get to Olho De Boi, the nude beach. This path is a difficult trek, I wouldn’t attempt without proper footwear. The not-so-worn path is very steep to get up the mountain, and much worse on the other side. The other side, you either go right, with the risk of slipping and sliding down the mountain with only a slight hope of catching something, or the left, where it is more of a steep natural staircase, but having to duck under tall prickly shrubbery the entire way down. My wife & I took different routes. At the bottom is the entrance to the beach where you’ll read a Portuguese sign telling you to remove your clothes. There was only 1 person on the beach when we got there. He was the old man that had coolers of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The prices are expensive, but you gotta respect him for hauling his goods to the beach everyday. He is extremely comfortable with his body as he had no shame in squatting (legs open) in front of me, as we were lying on the beach, to ask if we want something to drink. I have never looked deeper into a man’s eyes than I did at that moment, since I didn’t want to look down. We were there for less than an hour, and only saw a couple other dudes walk by. The waves at this beach were too dangerous to risk swimming especially with all the rocks in the water…but who goes to a nude beach for the swimming anyway?
Canto Beach is the beach right downtown, mainly used for commercial purposes (mainly fishing), you wouldn’t want to swim here, but there is lots to do on the strip.
Armacao Beach is very similar to Canto Beach, in terms of swimming and things to do, it’s just further East.
Azeda Beach, we were told, is the best beach for watching the sunset…so that’s exactly what we did. It was a very nice sunset, but the beach itself has nothing around it, and it’s fairly short. It would be a good beach to have a picnic at, if you bring everything you need.
In Buzios, our first experience traveling by 'van' downtown was memorable to say the least. If a 10 year old kid didn't get on at the same time as us, I probably would have freaked out. We were told, if we wanted to get downtown, to stand along the route anywhere, and there would be vans that come along and pick you up at a rate much, much cheaper than the bus. It is a feeling much like being kidnapped, especially at night. The van came, speeding up to us, stopped very quickly as the door slid open. A big guy got out, motioned for us to get in with 2 of his friends and a driver (and this 10 year old kid that already got in). Before we had a chance to get fully seated in the back row they started driving off. We didn't know where we were going, and they didn't speak english so we couldn't ask them either...the scariest part was that they HADN'T asked us for money...yet. We soon realized that these vans (there are tons of them) are like taxis that just run the same routes all day long. The fare is the same, no matter how long you need to take it for, though you can’t just keep riding it round and around for free, they make you get off at the turn-around point, or pay again.
Buzios, although it is not very large, has a great nightlife. We weren’t looking for any night clubs or anything like that, but the atmosphere in the main square and streets nearby were full of life, with locals and tourists alike…It is not unlike during the day.
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