“Imagine uma rua onde se pode encontrar os amigos, conversar calmamente, discutir profundamente, namorar gostosamente. Conhecer pessoas interessantes, ampliar seu círculo de amizades. Ou ainda onde se possa simplesmente apreciar o mundo desfilar. Onde as pessoas se sintam em liberdade e o tempo seja imperceptível. Imagine uma rua em que se pode caminhar, ter o prazer de perambular e ver coisas bonitas, coloridas e mesmo inusitadas. Ouvir outros sotaques, estranhas línguas, músicas de vários estilos. Espairecer de uma semana atribulada, mudar de ares, procurar em paz a sua paz. Imagine uma rua com uma ampla variedade de comércio, onde se possa apreciar galerias de arte, escolher coisas típicas e artesanato e desfrutar dos prazeres da mesa em restaurantes de verdade. Onde periodicamente acontecem festivais gastronômicos, de música e de cinema. Imagine que essa rua tenha estilo, charme, inteligência, um certo ar internacional e brasileiro ao mesmo tempo. Que tenha um clima privilegiado. Que fique a beira-mar! Pois pare de imaginar. Isso existe, fica aqui em Búzios. É a Rua das Pedras. Dá pra acreditar?”
Texto por: Paulo Novaes Colaboração: Chez Michou
Estilo e charme de sobra: Ícone de Búzios, a Rua das Pedras é o retrato do glamour do balneário. Com pouco mais de 600 metros de extensão, a “passarela” reúne bares transados, restaurantes sofisticados, lojas de grife, pousadas, cafés, galerias de arte, sorveterias, boates… O movimento é mínimo durante o dia, mas quando a noite cai e a iluminação amarelada toma conta da rua, o burburinho invade cada espaço. Depois da uma hora da manhã, o sobe-e-desce de jovens, gringos e casais pelo calçadão é incessante – não por acaso, as lojas funcionam até o começo da madrugada. O espírito da Rua das Pedras se estende ainda rumo à Orla Bardot, praticamente uma continuação da via, porém acompanhada pela praia da Armação. Também por lá se espalham bares, lojas, sorveterias, pousadas e casas noturnas, além de alguns dos restaurantes mais sofisticados de Búzios. O bucolismo também tem lugar na Orla Bardot, sempre colorida pelos barquinhos de pesca. Uma caminhada ao longo do calçadão, salpicado de decks de madeira, bancos e jardins, apresenta as esculturas de bronze de visitantes famosos como a atriz francesa Brigitte Bardot e o ex-presidente JK. Moradores e trabalhadores ilustres – os pescadores – também são homenageados ali, através de um belo monumento assinado pela artista Christina Motta.
Praças: Seguindo a Orla Bardot, chega-se à encantadora Praça dos Ossos, também com belas esculturas em bronze de Christina. Batizada de “Cena infantil”, a obra retrata duas crianças e um cachorrinho preto e branco, uma homenagem ao cão da artista, “Tango”. Nos arredores da pracinha o comércio reúne restaurantes (japonês, argentino…), lojinhas de presentes e lanchonetes. A dica é pedir um sorvete, sentar nos bancos embaixo das árvores e curtir o ambiente sem pressa. Já na agitada Praça Santos Dumont, acessível pela Travessa dos Pescadores (onde termina a Rua das Pedras e começa a Orla Bardot), o movimento é garantido pela feirinha de artesanato que acontece todos os dia ao anoitecer. Nas bancas, bijuterias, quadros, roupas e tapeçarias colorem o cenário. A praça também é palco para shows, apresentações artísticas e até exibição de filmes durante o Festival de Cinema.
One way to get to know the beaches and islands of Búzios is by taking a boat ride. Among the options are schooners, motorboats and trawlers, which circulate in the cove of Búzios. There are daily outings, leaving from Armação beach. For a more intimate ride, opt for a trawler or motorboat. The schooners are the most lively due to the large number of passengers.
Schooner Cruises: The boats leave from Armação beach, Downtown, usually in the morning and early afternoon, towards the cove’s islands and beaches. Water, sodas, and caipirinhas, as well as swimming stops, are included in the tour, which lasts about three hours. The tour leads to the Ossos, Azeda, Azedinha, João Fernandes, João Fernandinho, Tartaruga, Amores, Virgens, and Canto beaches, as well as Branca and Feia islands. The cruises can be booked in hotels, travel agencies, and directly at the harbor.
Tour Shop: Orla Bardot, 550 – Centro Tel: 55 (22) 2623-4733 / 0292
Mister Tours: R. Geminiano José Luis, 03 – Centro Tel: 55 (22) 2623-2100
In Búzios: Rua G Lote 3 – Ferradura Tel: 55 (22) 2623-6517 / 6033
Trawler Ride: For those who wish to make up their own itinerary and have more privacy, an alternative is renting a trawler, which is a vessel typical of the region’s fishermen. The ride is usually charged by the hour and passengers board at the Fishermen’s Port in Armação beach. The tours can be booked on the spot or at the Fishing Colony, at Rua das Pedras.
Porto dos Pescadores: Praia da Armação (no trecho final da Orla Bardot) Tel: (22)2620-8020 / 8085
Colônia dos Pescadores: Rua das Pedras, 141 Tel: (22)2623-4516.
Sailing: Considered one of the best streaks in the world for sailing, Búzios hosts national and international championships. The Ferradura and Tartaruga beaches are best for beginners. Those with more experience will find great winds at Rasa and Manguinhos beaches. Fans of extreme maneuvers usually go to Geribá beach, where the strong winds are the perfect company for the waves. For those who want to practice or learn, the Búzios Vela Clube in Manguinhos offers sailing boat classes and support structure for sailing. The club also runs a windsurfing school, the Bimba Windsurfing, which is managed by the world champion and offers classes that bring together students that range from 5 to 65 years old.
At Ferradura beach, the sailing schools, in addition to windsurfing lessons, laser and hobie cat 16 lessons. The equipment, as well as kayaks and stand-up boards, can be rented directly at the beaches. To learn how to sail or to go to other beaches, guide Jürgen Dittfurth, of the Surfing School, instructs and leads the hobie cat 16 around the area. The equipment can also be rented. The Búzios Vela Clube also offers boat trips around the peninsula aboard the Batera Buzios boat.
Búzios Sailing Club: R. Maurício Dutra, 303 – Manguinhos Tel: (22)2623-0508.
The surf crowd has a ball in Búzios. The best waves are on the right corner of Geribá beach, a meeting point for the gilded youth and home to state and national championships. The left corner, with small formations, is dominated by beginners, who have the support of surfing schools for all ages. The strong waves of Brava beach also attract surfers. In Tucuns, there are good formations but it’s important to pay attention to the currents.
Surfing School: Tel: (22) 9265-9178
Shark´s Surf School: Tel: (22) 2623-1134.
STAND UP PADDLE: A trend in Rio de Janeiro since the summer of 2010/2011, the stand up paddle (SUP) also arrived in Búzios with full force. Originally from Hawaii, the sport consists of paddling on a board similar to surfboards. The activitiy can be practiced on beaches with or without waves. The Manguinhos, Rasa, and Ferradura beaches are calm and well sought after for a good paddle. To maneuver through the waves, Geribá is the best option. In all of them, you’ll find boards for rent by the hour and assistance to get started. A good option for beginners are the classes taught by the Búzios Kitesurfing School.According to instructor Eduardo Graf, in the first class the student already learns how to stand on the board and paddle. “We teach the techniques needed for balance, body position and how to use the paddle correctly,” he explains. Students learn to maneuver the board in a place without waves, and those who want to, can then practice on the waves, even if they never surfed before. The best days for SUP classes are those whithout winds – or when the wind is not coming from the south (cold front) – which ensures calmer seas. Classes must be scheduled in advance. As for the venue, Eduardo explains, “classes can be held in different places and beaches, including in front of the hotels where potential students are staying.”
KITE SURFING: A combination of windsurfing, surfing and wake boarding, kite surfing is a relatively new sport, but which already has fans in much of the world. The activity is practiced using a kind of windsurfing board and a small paraglider (kite), enabling displacement and radical maneuvers at sea. Depending on wind conditions, the kite reaches enormous speed and boosts the sportsman over the water as if pulled by a speedboat. Good winds allow the sport to be practiced year round In Búzios, the sport is practiced especially at Rasa and Manguinhos beaches due to the strong winds that blow constantly on that side of the peninsula, or, if you want an even more extreme experience, in Geribá. At Rasa beach, fans of the sport share space with students of the schools that operate from there, like the Búzios Kitesurfing School, a pioneer in town. In addition to the two types of courses – basic and intensive – the school offers private lessons.
Búzios Kitesurfing School: Tel: (22) 9956-0668 (Eduardo / Joyce) .
The combination of crystal clear waters and diverse marine life makes Búzios a veritable aquarium. The average temperature under water is around 22ºC degrees, while the visibility is about ten meters (during the summer it can go up to 25 meters) – perfect conditions for beginner and veteran divers to enjoy the beauties hidden under the sea. Near the waterfront, the best spots for free diving (snorkeling) are the beach cliffs of João Fernandes, João Fernandinho, Forno, Azeda, and Azedinha, wich are not too deep. At João Fernandes you can rent masks and snorkels. For scuba diving (using cylinders), one of the best places is the Ilha da ncora, six miles from the coast – about half an hour by boat – where the average visibility is 12 meters and can go up to 25 meters during the summer. The island offers shelter from the winds and currents during most of the year, which ensures clear water – the exception is the month of May, when the winds are stronger and visibility may be affected. Other popular sites are islands Gravatás, Filhote and Ilha Feia. The entire coast of Búzios is rich in marine life – one reason is the resurgence phenomenon, the presence of cold ocean currents coming from Antarctica and that bring rich nutrients. Behind them come big fish like groupers, halibut and the giant stingray. Friars, anchovies, barracuda, and even green turtles can also be spotted, as well as lots of corals. Another sought after diving site is the nearby town of Arraial do Cabo (a 30 minute drive from Búzios). The town’s beaches are among the best in the country for diving.
Never dived? How about being “baptized” in Búzios? The “baptism” is recommended for those who have never taken a diving lesson, but still want to enjoy the sea safely. The baptism is a 15-minute long theory class aboard the vessel or on the beach, followed by adaptation to the diving equipment out of the water. Then comes the dive, which lasts about 40 minutes at an average depth of about 15 meters. Throughout the activity, the instructor guides and monitors the beginner. The equipment consists of wetsuit, cylinder, vest, mask and fins.
Local diving operators offer baptisms, lessons for beginners and activities for experienced divers. There are daily outings in vessels equipped with all required safety items, which take you to the best diving spots in Búzios or Arraial do Cabo. The companies also rent and sell equipment in general.
P & P : Tel: (22) 2623-1796
Scubasail Adventure: Tel: (22) 2623-9005 / 99293-2856
Azul Profundo: Tel: (22) 2623-2192
Massage therapists, clinics and inns offer the most varied techniques to relax the body and soul. In some cases, the massages take place outdoors, right by the beach! The spa services available in some inns are a hit with guests and non-guests. Such is the case with Casas Brancas SPA, in Morro do Humaitá. Shiatsu, Swedish massage, aromatherapy and lymphatic drainage are available on the “menu” of personalized treatments. Insólito Hotel and Pedra da Laguna, both on Ferradura Beach, also offer body and facial treatments and massages. A pioneer in this activity in Búzios, Wilma Dias is one of the best-known physical therapists in town. She has been working out of Ferradura beach for over ten years and for the past eight years has worked alongside Diego Bartolotta. For relaxation, Wilma suggests the spine alignment, the energy cleanse and the expansion (stretching). Diego offers massage therapy, reiki, reflexology, shiatsu and pranic healing. Other places also offer various types of relaxation treatments like the Integrated Holistic Center. Yoga, various massages and acupuncture are among the services offered.
Wilma Dias Praia da Ferradura Tel: (22) 2623-3130 / 9254-3527 / 9206-2009
Casas Brancas SPA Morro do Humaitá (acesso pela Orla Bardot), 10 Tel: (22) 2623-1458
Centro Holístico Integrado R. Maria Joaquina, 181 – Praia do Canto Tel: (22)2623-2020
Kayaks can be rented for rides on the calm and crystalline waters of beaches like Ferradura, Ferradurinha, Tartaruga, Forno, and João Fernandes. Aboard the small crafts, which can be single or double, you can see from up close the rocky cliffs, sea turtles … as well as admire the beaches and coves from unusual angles. The equipment is rented directly at the beaches.
Cia do Caiaque (João Fernandes) Tel: (22) 2623-1347
For those who don’t have a car or only have a few days to get to know Búzios, a good choice is to hop onto the Búzios Trolley – a kind of open truck with benches in the back. The tour covers 12 beaches and two lookouts (João Fernandes and Brava), with stops for photos and swimming in some places. The tour lasts two hours and there are daily outings at 9h, 12h and 15h.
Tour Shop: Orla Bardot, 550 Tel: (22) 2623-4733 / 0292
For the crowd that doesn’t want to put fitness aside even during the holidays, a tip is to visit Búzios’ gyms. Some prepare packages that are perfect for anyone who is visiting the city. Among them, the Pérola e Workout gyms, which offer weight training, classes, jumping, stretching, spinning …
Academia Pérola: Av. José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, 222 – Estacionamento Hotel Pérola (em frente ao Bradesco) – Centro Tel: (22) 2623-5849
Workout Búzios Av. José Bento Ribeiro Dantas 3.600 – Geribá Tel: (22) 2623-637
Surrounded by beaches on almost all sides, Búzios is a paradise for fishermen. In fact, the town originated from a fishing village that still keeps its traditions, legends and activities. Anchovies, sea bass, trevally, dogfish, groupers and snappers are found in abundance, especially in the ncora and Gravatás islands (about 30 minutes by boat from the coast). Fishing is also good on the cliffs of beaches João Fernandinho, Forno and Olho de Boi (access from Brava beach), and in Ponta da Ferradurinha (between the Ferradura and Geribá beaches). At Rasa, Manguinhos, and Tucuns beaches rod fishing, directly from the sand, is a common practice. To enjoy an authentic fishing expedition, the tip is to hire a trawler at the Fishermen Colony. The service includes the boat rental, a sailor knowledgeable about local fishing, equipment and the promise of hooking up to 20 fish per hour!
Colônia de Pescadores Rua das Pedras, 141 Tel: (22)2623-4516
Búzios Golf Club is an 18-hole, top class golf course. Designed by known golf architects Pete and Perry Dye, it brings players from all over the world. There is a clubhouse, restaurant, carts and clubs can be rented, and there are golf lessons for beginners.
In addition to sports and leisure tied to the sea, Búzios is surrounded by refuges that are perfect for ecological tours and adventures. In Casemiro de Abreu and in the district of Sana, which are about an hour away from Búzios, the excitement is guaranteed by the trails that lead to waterfalls, rapids and cliffs, that are perfect for rappelling, rafting, ducking … Horseback riding and trekking for various levels are also part of the itinerary. Among the most sought after activities are: Rafting is practiced on rivers Macaé and Alto Macaé
Pai João Trail. The first option for an adventure ride is to hike along the Pai João Trail. You hike along streams until you get to the first waterfall, with natural pools and a delicious natural whirlpool. After taking a dip, there is nothing better than another hike along the riverside surrounded by thick forest. The hike lasts approximately two hours and return to base is done by car.
Rappelling Adrenaline is guaranteed when rappelling down a 25 meter waterfall. The adventure lasts two to three hours and the view is breathtaking. The minimum age for this activity is eight years old.
Rafting and ducking are practiced on rivers Macaé and Alto Macaé. The 4.5 to 6 km route can be traveled in about two hours. The minimum age for rafting is eight and for ducking twelve. The difference between the two activities is that in rafting the boat accommodates five people (plus the instructor) and in ducking, which is more risky, only two. The route includes stretches of calm waters and of rapids.
Held amidst the Atlantic forest, the rides are led by Mangalarga Marchador horses. The two hour journey cuts through dirt roads typical of farms. The entire ride is monitored by guides. Tourist agencies offer the rides. The relevant contact information can be obtained at the Tourism Bureau, located in the town’s Entrance Porch.
Tourist agencies offer the rides. The relevant contact information can be obtained at the Tourism Bureau, located in the town’s Entrance Porch.
Tour Shop Tel: (22)2623-4733 / 0292
Mister Tours Tel: (22) 2623-2100