Armação dos Búzios, often referred to as just Búzios, originated as a small fishing village surrounded by beaches on all sides. It is a resort town and a municipality located in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Búzios, which has been rated as one of the 10 most beautiful places in the world, has a charming, easygoing, and subtle sophistication. It boasts an interesting past of pirates and slave traders and draws visitors from all over the world to enjoy its incredible beauty, rustic charm, and luxurious holiday rentals.
Búzios is a popular destination for Argentinean tourists and cruise ships, and thrives with an active nightlife and restaurants. The west coast beaches offer calm, clear waters while the east coast ones like Armação and Geribá, which face the open sea, have turbulent waters and are popular among surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Wind surfers prefer the beach at Manguinhos where small rental houses like Pousada das Amoras cater to their needs. Ferradura, João Fernandes with several bars and known for its seafood, is the most popular.
Búzios is the place for foodies with sophisticated restaurants all near or within walking distance from your holiday rental. You will find a variety of cuisines to suit every taste, including French, Italian, Moroccan, Thai, and a host of others. Part of this gastronomical diversity has to do with the influx of immigrants bringing traditional spices and recipes from their countries. Fish and other seafood are the main local dishes.
Most of the restaurants are on Rua das Pedras or along the Bardot Beachfront where a number of luxury holiday rentals are located. Try "coffee mignonette," mashed sweet potatoes and vanilla, offered by Chef Sonia Persiani. Another popular location is Bar do Zé, which despite the name, is actually an authentic restaurant serving delicious risottos and fresh pasta.