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.
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.
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.