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Must-Visit Destinations Outside the City of Rio de Janeiro

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Updated: 14 May 2018
It takes a long time for that ‘I cannot believe I am in Rio’ feeling to wear off, but eventually it does begin to dilute, and when it does, you will be happy to know that there are many places in the state that will renew your sense of childlike excitement. From short trips just around the corner to weekend getaways, these popular destinations just outside the scintillating city of Rio de Janeiro are a perfect break from Brazil’s version of the city that never sleeps.
Peaceful Cabo Inlet
Peaceful Cabo Inlet | © brocoliz / Pixabay

Arraial do Cabo

For such a small area, the little peninsula town of Arraial do Cabo is chock-full of beaches, and is home to arguably the most scenic views the country has to offer. The peninsula has Praia Brava and Praia Dos Anjos, which act as barriers on either side of the town, and over the hill is the shimmering baby-blue water and powdery sand of Pontal Atalaia, which on the weekend will be filled with boats, music, and sunbathers with beach umbrellas.

Arraial do Cabo, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cabo Frio

The second of the three towns in the corner of Rio de Janeiro is Cabo Frio, or Cold Cape, which is a small bustling city with a stunning historic quarter and equally impressive beaches. The ocean creates a small inlet that envelopes the city and the cobblestoned roads and colonial buildings around Passagem, the old part of the city.

Cabo Frio, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Armação dos Búzios

Arraial do Cabo is a kick back and relax kind of town, Cabo Frio is a little more happening, and Armacao dos Buzios will knock your socks off. The main access road that runs through the peninsula skirts the main center of town, which is simply stunning, with characterful restaurants, shops, and boutique hotels, and rimming the whole town is a pedestrian promenade that hugs the water’s edge and allows you to walk from one part of the town to the other in the most scenic of fashions.

Armação dos Búzios, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Prainha in Buzios