Quiet - Economic - Off the beatten path
Not much to do
PAULO'S FIRST DIVE WAS JUST AN EXCUSE:WE LOVE THIS PLACE!!
Arraial do Cabo is a very small city (village) that has many beautiful beaches. There is nothing really good to do there besides to be at the beaches. At night, it`s better to go to Cabo Frio (8 km) or Buzios (30 km) to enjoy the night at bars, restaurants, to shop or just to be there, in front of the beach, taking a look!more
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Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
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Good for: Solo
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Good for: Solo
We satyed in a camping area,and went to shopping in a grocery store in Cabo Frio,than we had our own food without any restaurant's visitations.
Most of the time we ate fresh fried fish!!
We had a car but in case you stay in Cabo Frio's hotels,the municipal bus from Cabo Frio (around $ 0.40) loops around Arraial and returns to Cabo Frio every 20 minutes.
It's also a good idea for those going to party in Cabo Frio when knowing drinks will run,to take the bus!!
By car,the old coastal road takes longer than BR-101,but provides a beautiful,level route winding around foggy green mounds.
There are regular buses also from Rio and Niteroi,costing about $6.
There's no tourist informaton desk in Arraial!
If you want to get tips for your stay there,ask the tourist information in Cabo or Buzius!
I think there's no need for tourist information in Arraial as the layout is fairly straightforward,and the attractions are the beaches!
The post office is in Castelo Branco square.
Maybe my friends and I (we were 5 people) just had bad luck, but is seems that everywhere we went, everything we did, the service was poor, quality was low or the attitude was overrated.
For example, our scuba diving outfit offered free lodging for the previous night as part of the package such that we did not need to leave Rio ~5am to be at the boat at the departure time. We arrived at the pousada, talked with the owner/operator for maybe two hours and went to sleep. We woke, had breakfast and went to the port to get on the boat. Only to find it wasn't there. After waiting two hours it arrived and they asked why we were waiting... it was then that we found out they rescheduled our departure for 1pm instead of 8am. Frustrated, we walked the town and had lunch. In reality we did not leave until after 2pm, cutting our dives short, returning well after dark and arriving in Rio nearly 8 hours late...
Unique Suggestions: If you are going to go diving, read reviews if you can on each boat/operator. Chances are that reviews will either be hard to find, or will be in Portuguese, so do your best. When we were having lunch, the restaurant staff said that our operator was one of the best, so take what you hear with a grain of salt..
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The formely Cabo Frio District comprised Cabo Frio(the most populous town),Buzius(the wealthy ,sophisticated resort) and Arraial(which has since become independent politically and economically,beacause of its salt industry).According to Marcio Verneck,a local historian,Cabo Frio was inhabitated at least 5500 years ago.Before the Portugueses...more
This region is basically the cities of Buzios,Cabo Frio and Arraial Do Cabo.Arraial Do Cabo is an incredible peninsula with seven attarctive beaches.Here the locals are a bit more innocent and less exposed to the volum of tourism that the neighboring towns experience.However,the cobblestones streets and crystal green water create a magic that is...more