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Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekend in Beautiful Buzios

Knowing we had a long weekend coming up, we decided to check out Buzios, a small beach town that has been called Brazil's St Tropez.  It lived up to every wonderful thing I had heard about the place!  We had such an amazing time there that I'm hoping we will be able to go back again before we leave.

The hotel (pousada) we stayed in was perfect for us.  It is very kid-friendly which is important to me.  This place has a kids pool, a playground, an art room, planned kids activities throughout the day, and a wonderful staff.  Besides being kid-friendly, it is just plain awesome!  It has a beautiful pool, a turkish bath, jacuzzi, gym and a nice pool bar.  Each room has a balcony/patio with a huge hammock (ours also had a jacuzzi tub). The hotel also provides beach chairs and umbrellas that you can carry to the beach which is just two blocks away. Oh yes, and they give you a welcome caipirinha or fresh squeezed juice upon arrival.  Bliss! I guess I should admit that I actually liked the caipirinha!  I have said in the past (frequently) that I am not a fan of this drink but the one at the hotel was really good.

hotel pool and jacuzzi

The of Reagan's favorite things about the hotel

She finds friends wherever we go...

We spent our time on the beach, at the hotel pool and downtown Buzios on Rua de Pedras.  Buzios is made up of seventeen different beaches, each with their own character.  We were next to Geriba beach with is the largest (a little less than 2 miles long).  It was stunningly beautiful!  Clean, beautiful blue water with soft waves.  It was not too crowded (probably because of the cold front here now, highs only in the 80s) but there were enough people there so as not to feel empty.

Beach in the evening, near Rua de Pedras
Rua de Pedras
Rua de Pedras is the main street in Buzios where most of the action is - restaurants, shops, bars, waterfront view, coffee, ice cream, etc.. We had dinner in this area each night of our stay.  One night,  we had moqueca (a Brazilian fish stew popular throughout the country) and it was great!  It was full of seafood and cooked in a coconut milk sauce.  It was served in a giant caldron that was supposedly for 2, but could have easily of fed 4 with leftovers.  
Posing with a statue 

Rolling around in the sand.  I don't really understand why this is fun

Taking a break from walking around to play in the arcade

Reagan at dinner - showing off the marbles she got with her arcade tickets

1 comment:

  1. That looks like a lovely holiday :)
    I'm visiting from the Kitchen Reader - I don't always manage to read all the books myself, but I love reading others' reviews, so welcome on board!



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