Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Outside the city
NileGuide Expert tip:
The sun always shines on Buzios - or at least it seems that way. The town receives more hours of sunshine and less rainfall than almost any other location in Rio de Janeiro state - don't forget the sunscreen!
A beautiful beach resort on a sun-kissed peninsula some two hours' drive from Rio, Buzios was 'discovered' in the 1960s by the equally beautiful model/singer/actress Bridget Bardot. Today it is a favorite weekend getaway of Rio's wealthy elite, and is famous for the good-looking crowd that frequents the bars and beaches. There are beaches here to suit every taste - from secluded spits of sand to packed surf spots. There are abundant guest houses to be found in Buzios, but prices soar during the summer high season and on public holidays. Budget travelers who want to save on accommodation can choose to take a day trip to Buzios, leaving early in the morning and returning to Rio later the same evening.
Photo courtesy of Lucy Bryson