BUZIOS / Just a two and a bit hour bus ride from Rio de Janiero, you will find the quiet, coastal beach town of Buzios. Reminding us of Byron Bay with incredible food, boutique shopping and an array of beaches, we loved our five nights here. We stayed at The Search House Hostel, an amazing dwelling with an even better view, right on the water! We explored different beaches each day, with the ‘vans’ helping us scoot around from one beach to another. During our five days in the town we explored: Ferradurinha Beach, Geriba Beach, Ferradura Beach, Tartaruga Beach and Brava Beach. There are loads of water sports to keep you busy. Wakeboarding, stand up paddleboarding, kite surfing, surfing, diving… The list goes on. We opted for an afternoon paddleboard directly in front of our hostel. Surrounded by turtles and kids jumping from the jetty, it was a fab finish to our stay in Buzios. It was such a relaxing destination after the hussle, bustle and craziness of Carnaval in Rio. We cheered up, slowed down and chilled out in Buzios (credit to the Byron Bay welcome sign).

ARRAIAL DO CABO / About an hour Uber ride from Buzios the community of Arraial do Cabo is surrounded by heavenly white sand and crystal clear blue waters. It doesn’t have the glitz and glamour of Buzios but grungy, authentic beauty. Three nights of PRAIA TIME (the best kind of times). You could easily spend a week here enjoying each day beachside, snacking on endless and inexpensive açaí bowls. We spent our first full day hopping from praia to praia on a boat tour. Some of the beaches are only accessible by boat so this allowed us to set foot on some of the most untouched sand in Brazil. The seven hour boat trip stopped off at Praia do Forno, Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia and Praia da Ilha do Farol. Praia da Ilha do Farol is a protected area as archeologists are studying the natives that once inhabited the island. Therefore, no umbrellas, no food, no vendors, just the pure sensation of Brazilian nature. So so so BEAUTIFUL! I think the photos do our day justice, swimming, jumping, diving, cave peaking and turtle spotting, it was UNREAL. Our second day, we revisited Praia do Forno from a 20 minute trail and laid back to enjoy the whitest of sands.

We spent our nights at The Queen Hostel, a great base to explore the beaches and gain valuable information. During our time we tried to cook or take our own food as much as possible. We did have some delicious moqueca (Brazilian fish stew) following our big day on the boat. The seafood is delish in Brazil, prawns, squid, fish, so so good!

Just head a few hours north of Rio and you will find the transparent water of Cabo. Be sure to venture there and reap the rewards.

Much love, sunkissed Laura xx



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