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Armação dos Búzios: Shared/Private Transfer to/from Rio

1. Armação dos Búzios: Shared/Private Transfer to/from Rio

Enjoy a safe, comfortable, and convenient transfer between your accommodation in Armação dos Búzios and GIG-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (also known as Galeão), SDU-Santos Dumont Airport, or from hotels in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Choose a shared or private transfer according to your needs. Book your transfer in advance and travel to/from Armação dos Búzios without the inconvenience of navigating the public transport network or the expense of a last-minute taxi ride. Relax in the safety and comfort of a licensed, air-conditioned vehicle driven by a professional driver. For private transfers, you can be picked up at any time and the service runs 365 days a year. For shared transfers, departure times are fixed. Meet a representative at the arrival halls or at your hotel lobby, who will be carrying the name of the local partner.

Búzios: City Tour & Beach Hopping with Lunch

2. Búzios: City Tour & Beach Hopping with Lunch

Begin your city and beach hopping tour of Búzios with pickup at your hotel, inn, or AirBnb from 10:30 AM. Then, explore the city center, Canto Beach, and the Orla Bardot. See the Brigitte Bardot and Três Pescadores Monuments before heading to Armação Beach. Next, admire the Juscelino Kubitschek Monument, João Fernandes Beach, and João Fernandinho Beach. Stop at the João Fernandes viewpoint to take photos before taking two 40-minute stops at Brava Beach and Forno Beach. Later, tuck into a buffet lunch for 1 hour before making two more 40-minute stops at Ferradura Beach and Geribá Beach. Finally, finish at the Porto da Barra Gastronomic Center, where you can opt to witness a beautiful sunset. The local partner suggests booking the tour for your first available day so will you learn everything about this charming city with your English-, Spanish-, and Portuguese-speaking guide. During your tour, you’ll receive many valuable tips to plan the rest of your stay.

Armação dos Búzios: 3-Stop Schooner Boat Ride

3. Armação dos Búzios: 3-Stop Schooner Boat Ride

Make your way to the Babylon Búzios store, located on the famous Rua das Pedras in Armação dos Búzios, for check-in. Then, make your way to the boat and embark on a 2.5-hour boat ride along the beautiful coastline.  Sail by some of the most scenic beaches and islands along the coast. See Caboclo Island, Armação Beach, Ossos Beach, the Azeda and Azedinha Beaches, and João Fernandes. Make the first stop at João Fernandinho Beach.  Then, continue sailing by Branca Island, before stopping at Feia Island. See Moças Beach and Manguinhos Cove, before arriving at Tartaruga Beach which will be the third stop of the trip. Continue past Virgens Beach, Amores Beach, Canto Beach, and disembark at Orla Bardot at the end of Rua das Pedras. Enjoy the journey on a spacious vessel that has a capacity of 120 people and is equipped with life jackets, a music system, a bar, 2 toilets, covered spaces, tables, and benches for all passengers, in addition to a children's pool and a waterslide.

From Rio de Janeiro: Búzios Boat Trip with Lunch

4. From Rio de Janeiro: Búzios Boat Trip with Lunch

Enjoy an early morning pick up from Rio and relax on the 3-hour drive to the city of Búzios which is often called the Brazilian Caribbean due to the similarities in their natural beauties. Arrive in the docks of Búzios, around 10:00 AM, and hop on the schooner. Enjoy a boat ride through the best places to swim and relax.  Listen to some music playing and meet the friendly crew ready to assist on every matter. It is like having a small party on a boat.  Explore the 4 different stops in places like the João Fernandes beach, Azeda, and Azedinha beaches, Tartaruga, or Ossos beach at the end. Stops may vary according to weather conditions and the number of people in each place. The captain chooses the best and less crowded areas to have a good time. Búzios was a peaceful fishing village when its beaches began to be frequented for the summer holidays, in the ‘50s. Sometime later, the visit of a young Brigitte Bardot ended up revealing the resort to the world. Since then, Búzios has never gone out of style. The low houses, the windows of Pedras street, the boutique-inns, and the lively night make Búzios the desired destination in Rio de Janeiro State. Not to mention the beaches, more than 20 across the peninsula that make it look like a little piece of the Mediterranean ended up here. Leave the boat around 3:00 PM and have a buffet lunch. Enjoy some free time after eating to explore the das Pedras street and its boutique stores and beautiful stone paving street.  Hop on the bus and leave Búzios to make the journey back to Rio, arriving around 8:00 PM.

From Búzios: Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio Day Trip

5. From Búzios: Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio Day Trip

After a 1-hour bus ride from Búzios, arrive at Arraial do Cabo. Board a boat and set sail through the crystal-clear waters. See places such as Lighthouse Island, Crevice of Our Lady of Assumption, Gorilla Rock, Blue Grotto, Pontal do Atalaia, and Forno Beach.  Stop for a swim at 3 stunning spots. Then, disembark and enjoy lunch at a buffet restaurant, with drinks and dessert at your own expense. After lunch, embark on a city tour through Cabo Frio, a 500-year-old town. Get to know historical spots like São Matheus Fort and the beautiful Passagem neighborhood. Take in views of the exquisite landscape and the mighty sea.

Búzios 2.5-Hour Schooner Boat Experience

6. Búzios 2.5-Hour Schooner Boat Experience

Join the most traditional tour of Búzios aboard a Schooner boat. Ride through the peninsula and see the natural beauty of Búzios from the best angles. Visit Armação Beach, Caboclo Island, Bardot Shore, Bone Beach, Azeda and Azedinha Beaches, João Fernandes and Fernandinho Beaches, Turtle and little Turtle Beaches, White Islands, Feia Island, Lovers Beach, and Canto Beach. Stop at João Fernandes Beach, Feia Island, and Little turtle beach. At each one, you will be able to go onto the beach for some time to swim or relax before continuing the boat tour.

Búzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

7. Búzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

Visit the city of Armação dos Búzios, located on a peninsula on the northern coast of Rio de Janeiro, during this 12-hour excursion. Búzios grew from a fishing village into a charming tourist destination after a visit by the renowned French actress Brigitte Bardot in 1964. Take a walk in Búzios with your guide and enjoy a schooner ride that passes the main Búzios beach. Enjoy a lunch buffet at one of the best restaurants the city. You’ll have a choice of meat, fish or chicken, with an option for vegetarians. On the schooner ride you’ll see Bones Beach, Azeda, Azedinha, João Fernandes, Tartaruga, Boi and Rasa.

Búzios Trolley Adventure City Tour

8. Búzios Trolley Adventure City Tour

Experience a ride on the trolley through the beautiful city of Búzios. Ride on a special vehicle that will take you on an adventure, in complete safety, and is the best way to get to know Búzios. Take a beautiful tour through 12 beaches and 2 belvederes in an open vehicle, which provides an incredible view. Smell the sea, and the fresh air as you feel the breeze. Relax as you take in the the most beautiful and secluded places in Búzios.

From Rio: Búzios with Boat Tour and Lunch

9. From Rio: Búzios with Boat Tour and Lunch

Your full-day adventure begins with pickup from Rio de Janeiro then heads to Armação dos Búzios, a former fishing village located on a north coast peninsular. Arrive in Búzios and board a traditional-style schooner boat for a ride around the region’s most picturesque beaches. Highlights include João Fernandes Beach, Ilha Feia (Ugly Island), and Praia da Tartaruga (Turtle Beach), with stops for diving and snorkeling along the way. After the boat trip, stroll along the vibrant Orla Bardot where you can find the statue of Brigitte Bardot, a renowned French actress who in 1964 escaped the paparazzi and went on vacation in the city. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant to restore your energy for the rest of the day. Next, enjoy free time to explore the colorful downtown of Búzios at your own leisure. Visit the most famous street in Búzios, Rua das Pedras, and peruse its shops, bars, and restaurants that are bursting with authentic charm. As you wander, soak up the charismatic atmosphere of this former fishing village that has adopted tourism as one of its main activities, becoming one of the most visited cities in Brazil. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Rio de Janeiro.

Búzios: Schooner Cruise with 3 Swim Stops

10. Búzios: Schooner Cruise with 3 Swim Stops

Admire the coastline with this schooner tour from Porto Veleiro Pier in Búzios. Stop to dive into water at local hotspots like João Fernandes beach. Take in breathtaking views as you sail past beaches like Armação, Ossos, and, Azeda. Keep out of the sun with the large covered deck.  Meet your skipper and board the boat at Porto Veleiro Pier in Búzios. Listen as your guide tells you about the local area. Head towards Caboclo Island and capture pictures of the beaches of Armaçã, Ossos , Azeda and Azedinha.  Jump into the water at the sandy, palm-lined João Fernandes beach. Look for local marine life as you swim in water with exceptional visibility. Continue past Branca island and stop to take a dip in the turquoise waters at Feia island. Finally, look for local sea turtles as you explore the corals at Turtle beach.  Cruise by the breathtaking shores of Virgens beach, Amores beach, and Canto beach. Return to Porto Veleiro Pier in Búzios. 

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What people are saying about Armação dos Búzios

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 89 reviews

We bought a shared transfer and it turned out to be private, the driver was very attentive, he gave us enough security. Contacted earlier to coordinate pick-up and we stopped by for lunch midway.

Our guide was very attentive- we felt like we had our own bodyguard. Good food, amazing beaches. The boat could do with a paint job.

The weather was good. The pickup worked, the guide was friendly. The boat trip was the highlight.

Very good all the guide, driver, activity itself, lunch leaves much to be desired

Very nice driver and arrival time was as expected!