Our house was built in 2003 by a famous local architect who is known for his high ceilings and beautiful style. The house is our second home and a place were...
Where is it?
My home is located in Búzios Beach.
Location: 105 miles from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Maps)
The city entrance features the new Búzios Gates, a stylish house where you can get all the tourist information you may need, from the local tourist office employees.
The beaches, main roads and inns got new signs. It's not hard to find your way. José Bento Ribeiro Dantas Road is the main road and runs through most of the city, going from the city entrance all the way to Ossos beach. When the road reaches downtown, it is known as the famous Rua das Pedras. A bit after it becomes the pretty Bardot Beachfront, which leads to Ossos. From there you have access to Azeda Beach, one of the prettiest in Búzios.
From José Bento Ribeiro Dantas Road, before downtown, several secondary roads branch off leading to beaches such as Geribá, Tartaruga, and Ferradura, amongst others. Geribá has several access roads. The main is at the Manguinhos Square, a neighborhood that offers lots of stores, drugstores and supermarkets. Manguinhos Square is about 800 meters after the City Entrance.
Access to Ferradura Beach is by Ferradura Square, down by the Esso (Exxon) gas station. 300 meters before that, to the left, you will see the access to Tartaruga Beach.
Other important road in Búzios is the Usina Road. It leads to beautiful beaches, such as João Fernandes, Forno and Brava.
If you aren't by car, the city has mini-busses that run down the whole main road (J. B. Ribeiro Dantas Road). Transport vans also do the same course. Taxis can also be caught easily downtown to any beach or place in town. A ride from downtown (Rua das Pedras) to João Fernandes or Geribá, for example, takes about 5 minutes and costs around R$ 10.00. Another option is to take a city-tour and see several points and beaches at once. But to enjoy and get to know all the places better, the ideal is to be by car or to rent one, because though the city is relatively small, the beaches are distant from each other.
Population: about 20,000.
Clothing: Casual summer clothes in natural fabrics like cotton are most appropriate. Don't forget dress clothes (still casual) for nightlife and fine dining.
Best time to visit: There's no such thing as a bad time to visit Búzios.
Tips: As a general guideline, restaurants and bars include the usual 10% tip in the bill, often labeled as service, It The customary tip to hotel porters is R$ 2 to R$ 5. Prices of goods and services already have taxes included.
Electrical Power in Búzios and Rio de Janeiro: 110 volts, 60 Hz
Exchange: The monetary unit of Brazil is the Real (R$). It can be exchanged at Airports, Banks, travel Agencies and authorized Hotels. International credit cards are accepted at hotels and in most restaurants and stores.
Exchange in Búzios:
- At Banco do Brasil, (Estrada José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, Shopping Praia do Canto, phone #: 55-22-2623-2009 / 2623-2302) and local exchange and tour agencies, usually located in downtown Búzios.
Banks in Búzios:
- Banco do Brasil
- Banco Real
- ATM (here called 24 hours bank), Located at Praça Santos Dumont, offers limited services requires a card w/password and does not process foreign currency.
Annual average temperature: 26º C (80 ºF).
Temperature of the water: between 18º and 21º C (64 to 68ºF)
Average number of sunny days in a year: 254
The seasons are exactly opposite to the one of Europe and United States.
As in most of the country, Búzios, is three less hours than in Greenwich (England). This relationship changes when it is established the schedule of summer in Brazil, and the clocks are early one hour, decreasing this difference to 2 hours.
Portuguese is the national language, but Portuguese spoken in Brazil is different, in accent and intonation, than the language spoken in Portugal and Portuguese colonies. English and Spanish are also spoken in some hotels, Inns, restaurants and tourist spots. Portuguese speakers usually understand Spanish, though the contrary is not necessarily the case.
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