The Ultimate Guide to Buzios Brazil Solo Travel (2023)
Looking for a great getaway from Rio de Janeiro on your Brazil solo travel? Check out Buzios, Brazil, less than 3 hours from Rio. Buzios’ beautiful beaches and activities make Buzios one of the best places for Brazil solo travel.
Use this ultimate guide to Buzios Brazil solo travel with top Buzios travel tips for having the best solo travel in Brazil.
This Buzios Brazil Travel Guide is intentionally written for the solo traveler, the first time Buzios traveler, and/or older traveler (I am over 50 and have been solo traveling FOREVER) in mind. Yet, anyone can use this solo travel guide it to plan and book Buzios Brazil travel.
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- Ultimate Brazil Solo Travel Guide
- BEST Booking Sites for Buzios Travel
- Is Buzios Worth Visiting & Video!
- Buzios Travel Packing Essentials
- Best Time of Year to Visit Buzios
- How to Get to Buzios from Rio
- Getting Around Buzios
- Buzios Brazil Travel Safety
- BEST Place to Stay in Buzios on Solo Travel
- Best Things to Do in Buzios Brazil Solo
Ultimate Brazil Solo Travel Guide
If you need more Brazil travel tips to supplement your Buzios travel planning, consult my ultimate Ultimate Brazil Solo Travel Guide full of tips on culture, entry requirements, currency, tipping, using electronics, safety, and a lot more to plan solo travel in Brazil.
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BEST Booking Sites for Buzios Travel
Here is a summary of the best booking sites I recommend you bookmark and use to successfully book your travel to Buzios Brazil solo travel. I use just about all of these for most travel locations. I even gave you my suggested Buzios pousada.
These booking sites give you multiple travel options and awesome travel deals for all travel budgets. They will certainly help get a jump on your solo trip to Brazil.
For the best travel deals, always book early.
Is Buzios Worth Visiting & Video!
Armação dos Búzios (“Búzios” for short) is a little Brazilian coastal city on the Armação Peninsula east of Rio de Janeiro.
“Armação” means “frame” in Portuguese, referring to the frame of a whale. Apropos as Buzios was once a sleepy, fishing village that was put on the map when discovered by Brigitte Bardot and her boyfriend in the 1960’s.
Buzios is known for its 20-plus, white beaches, causing Buzios to commonly be referred to as the “Saint-Tropez of Brazil”.
It’s a charming town with a small, town center (Buzios Centro) of cobbled streets, shops, restaurants and bars, with a pier and ocean-lined, flagstone walkway making some of their best beaches accessible by foot.
Buzios Travel Packing Essentials
I’m not one to tell someone else how to pack, but there definitely some solo travel essentials I would recommend taking on your travel to Brazil, like the following.
This list of travel essentials combined can make your Brazil solo travel easier and more memorable while being friendlier to the environment.
Is Buzios worth visiting? Well, I stumbled upon it when I was looking for a diving destination close to Rio de Janeiro. I happened to end up there during a major food festival. Lucky me! I loved my few days of solo travel in Buzios Brazil. I think it’s one of the best places for solo female travel, or best place for solo travel period, in Brazil. I can’t wait to go back. Does that tell you something?
Best Time of Year to Visit Buzios
Like Rio de Janeiro, Buzios has it all for any time of year.
The weather in Buzios Brazil is fairly consistent year round in the high 70°s F to low 80°s F with the hottest months being January through March.
As a resort town, Buzios is popular year round. The Buzios high season is November to March (Brazil’s summer), but also June and July (Brazil’s winter).
There aren’t as many tourists, and prices are lower, May through September compared to the rest of the year. The only downfall is that the daylight hours are decreased in the winter, of course.
My solo travel in Buzios Brazil was in July, and I completely enjoyed the weather and water.
How to Get to Buzios from Rio
You can also fly into the Galeao International Airport (GIG) in Rio de Janeiro. After arriving GIG Airport, you also have multiple ground transportation options to get from Rio de Janeiro to Buzios. If it’s a long-haul flight, the quickest transportation may be best.
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You do have the option to rent a car at the Galeao International Airport. Central Buzios is approximately 180 km from the airport, which could take you 2 hours to 3.5 hours, depending on the season, day of the week, etc.
For Brazil single travelers, I would recommend this only if you are comfortable with the area and speak Portuguese should you get lost or need to ask for directions. You’ll also need to ensure you have parking availability at your Buzios hotel.
Uber / Taxi
Another option is to take an Uber or hire a taxi. There are several taxis that service Buzios, but it or Uber could be costly.
Contact your Buzios hotel or pousada to inquire if they offer a shuttle service from either airport to central Buzios.
Bus / Shared Transfer
Taking a bus to Buzios is inexpensive transportation; however, a bus could take takes 4 to 5 hours to reach Buzios Centro.
There are several buses that run frequently between Rio and Buzios. Viacao 1001 is one option, but I’ve heard you need a Brazilian ID to purchase a ticket online. There are other Brazilian regional buses if you are not from Brazil.
There are also shared transfer services from Rio to Buzios and/or Buzios to Rio available that are inexpensive and reliable.
If your solo travel in Buzios Brazil is during peak season, you may wish to book your ticket well in advance.
Hiring a private transfer is my recommended way to get to Buzios from Rio on your solo travel. I took a private car that I arranged through In Buzios. They were fantastic. I was picked up at my GIG terminal by a very friendly driver and was whisked away without delay to arrive at my pousada door 2 hours later.
I purchased a round-trip car service in advance so I didn’t have to worry about how to get to Rio from Buzios. The cost was reasonable and the service very reliable. I would highly recommend In Buzios.
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Getting Around Buzios
Central Buzios is extremely walkable. You can see much of Buzios and several Buzios beaches safely on foot. Buzios also offers minibuses that run the length of the main street, José Bento Ribeiro Dantas.
To explore more of the peninsula and its beaches, you could rent a bike in Buzios
You could also catch a taxi from central Buzios or an Uber to a beach for a short ride at reasonable price. Always using these, though, could add up on transportation costs.
Buzios water taxis are a great way to explore the beaches in Buzios. Round trips do not cost too much (R$10 – R$20). Water taxis depart from Canto Beach and Ossos Beach (both accessible by foot from central Buzios) and can transport you to Azeda, Joao Fernandez, and Tartaruga beaches.
Two to three hour boat tours are another fun and inexpensive way to explore Armação dos Búzios.
Top Buzios Boat Tours
Eco Travel Tips
Keep car transportation to a minimum by walking or riding a bike.
When booking an Uber in Brazil, select the Uber Green option, instead of a traditional rideshare, to support the use of cleaner transportation in Brazil.
Buzios Brazil Travel Safety
Buzios is considered safe making it one of the best places to go in Brazil for singles.
It’s low-key and quiet in the off season. You can walk around by yourself downtown at night to enjoy the restaurants and nightlife.
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During high season or a festival it can draw many tourists and turn into a party-town.
You won’t have to consider many of my Brazil travel safety tips in Buzios. Women and mature solo travelers should feel comfortable to safely solo travel in Buzios Brazil.
BEST Place to Stay in Buzios on Solo Travel
Buzios has a range of accommodations to choose from – from budget hotels to high-end Buzios resorts. It depends on the amenities and where on the peninsula you want to stay.
For first-time solo travel in Buzios, Brazil, the best place to stay in Buzios is in a pousada near Buzios centro.
A Buzios pousada is typically a small family-owned guesthouse, yet some hotels may even call themselves a pousada for the ‘charm’ factor, and can range in price from R$150 to R$600. A nice pousada near central Buzios can easily be found at a decent price.
My Buzios pousada recommendation is Pousada Vila do Mar. I really enjoyed staying here. Not only is it a Sustainable Travel rated accommodation by Booking.com, but it’s in the perfect location, right in the center of Buzios and all the action.
The pousada was walking distance to Praia do Canto Beach and Praia do Armacao Beach, close to where I caught my boat for diving, minutes from taxi and bus stands, and right around the corner from the restaurants and nightlife along the Rua das Pedras.
Fully equipped private rooms, friendly staff, pool and amazing café da manha (breakfast), the Pousada Vila do Mar had it all. I’d definitely stay there again.
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Best Things to Do in Buzios Brazil Solo
Like I said, I went to Buzios to scuba dive. What I found was much more than ocean sports: dining, shopping, nightlife, relaxation, and outdoor activities.
Maybe you’ll find the following things to do in Buzios enticing enough to book your solo travel to Buzios, Brazil. It makes for a fabulous, long weekend getaway from Rio. Trust me.
Staying in central Buzios gives you quick access to three very pretty beaches by foot: Praia do Canto, Praia da Praia da Armação and Praia dos Ossos.
Actually, you can access more beaches on foot, it just depends on how far you want to walk. Catch the fishermen at work early in the morning on your way to find a spot to lounge for the day in the sun.
Buzios has over 20 beaches to discover. Take a water taxi to seek them out and find a favorite.
One of the best beaches in Buzios is Praia Azedinha, quiet and tucked away on the northeastern side of the peninsula.
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Buzios Diving and Snorkeling
“Mergulho” in Portuguese, diving is also a popular ecotourism activity, along with snorkeling. The waters are very clear with good visibility (visibility being best in the summer), making it good for beginners.
The coastal areas provide opportunity to see diversified marine life. I chose to dive with Buzios Divers, but there are other outfits available to choose from.
Eco Travel Tips
Protect Brazil’s natural land and marine environment on your solo travel. In the water, wear reef safe sunscreen.
Avoid using single-use plastics when dining, shopping and on food or boat tours in Buzios to reduce plastic waste and your carbon footprint by bringing your own reusable collapsible shopping bags, collapsible water bottle, recycled plastic water bottle carry sling, and bamboo travel utensils so you’re prepared to travel with the planet in mind.
I always travel with the above items. Light weight and taking up very little space in my carry-on bags, I love the convenience and peace of mind these inexpensive, eco-friendly products provide.
Best Buzios Tours and Activities
As you can tell, Buzios’ location is ideal for many outdoor activities, on land and water. Here are some of the top activities I would recommend doing on Buzios solo travel.
Best Buzios Tours & Activities
Buzios Centro & Landmarks
Buzios’ charm and walkability is enhanced by it scenery and landmarks.
Píer de Búzios
One of the first things you’ll want to do is head out to the pier to take view the colorful fishing boats on the ocean. Take a look back to view the sweeping curve of the Praia do Canto Beach to the west and Praia da Armação to the east.
Stroll east along the waterfront on the Orla Bardot. This oceanside promenade connects the center of Buzios to Armação and Ossos, some of the most picturesque sections of Buzios.
On the Orla Bardot, you’ll notice three remarkable Buzios landmarks created by sculptor Christina Motta starting from Buzios Centro and eastward to Praia da Armação.
Brigitte Bardot Statue
Tres Pescadores Statue
President Juscelino Kubitschek Statue
Rua das Pedras
Head back on Orla Bardot towards central Buzios and connect with the cobblestoned Rua das Pedras (“street of stones”). This is Búzios’ main venue for shopping, dining and evening entertainment, packed with party-goers on weekend nights.
Buzios Shopping, Dining & Nightlife
Keep walking into town for diverse Buzios shopping opportunities.
You can search for the trendy, explore jewelry of silver or semi-precious gemstones like amethyst, or explore genuine indigenous arts and crafts in the Artíndia stores of Funai (the government indigenous agency) and museum gift shops.
Buzios Restaurants & Nightlife
Central Buzios restaurants have all types of cuisine, and you’ll find multiple cafés, lounges and bars with outdoor spaces for people watching while sipping your caipirinha.
The Orla Bardot has dining, also. For nice waterfront dining on fresh seafood, try the Madame Bardot Bar e Restaurante. The tranquil view of the water will make you want to linger.
Don’t forget that Buzios can be a party town. Some of the best bars and restaurants full of people are found on the Rua das Pedras. Bars can be open late into the night on weekends.
Fest Gastronômico de Búzios
Bonus if you get to be in Buzios for the annual Fest Gastronômico de Búzios. It’s amazing. Happening over multiple weekends, the streets of central Buzios are full of food and drink vendors as far as the eye can see.
This is some of the best food sampling in Brazil. Bars are full of music and the party goes well into the nights.
I lucked out on the timing of my solo travel in Buzios Brazil. I highly recommend you time your Buzios Brazil solo travel around the Fest Gastronômico de Búzios. Just book your centro Buzios accommodation early.
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