Arraial do Cabo Travel Guide

  • Expansive beaches of Arraial
    Expansive beaches of Arraial
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    Waiting for our boat
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Arraial do Cabo Highlights

  • Pro
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     Quiet - Economic - Off the beatten path 

  • Con
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     Not much to do 

  • In a nutshell
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     PAULO'S FIRST DIVE WAS JUST AN EXCUSE:WE LOVE THIS PLACE!! 

Arraial do Cabo Things to Do

  • The most beautiful beaches...

    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!

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  • Scuba in Arraial do Cabo

    One of the best places for scuba in Brasil. The water is a little cold but the vusibility is great. arraial is considered one of the most blue beaches in Brasil.Its near Rio de Janeiro, around 2 hours by car.

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  • Ilha do Farol

    This island is just off Arraial and its easy to visit. Here you'll find one of the best beaches of its region, i liked soo much of this beach and this place, so i'm really suspect to say anything except good things, but its terrific !!

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    by janaina Written Oct 16, 2002

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    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!!

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Arraial do Cabo Transportation

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    by janaina Updated Oct 16, 2002

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    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.

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Arraial do Cabo Warnings and Dangers

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    by janaina Written Oct 16, 2002

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    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.

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Arraial do Cabo Tourist Traps

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    by DSwede Written Jul 20, 2013

    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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Arraial do Cabo Off The Beaten Path

  • DUNES

    The beauty of the dunes starts in Cabo Frio,on the way to Arraial you have "DAMA BRANCA" dunes(the white lady).The dunes can be dangerous because of robberies,so get advise from the locals before heading out to the beaches and dunes!!!

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  • THE BLUE GROTTO

    Don't miss it!!To get to Blue Grotto,on the fair side of Cabo Frio,ask fishermen at PRAIA DOS ANJOS for a boat trip,it should coast about $20.Be alert to the tides:the entrance to the underwater cavern isn't always open!!

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Arraial do Cabo Sports & Outdoors

  • Diving with Mr. Diver

    Very professional and knowledgable on the area dive sites. Bring your own or rent with them. rentals are very resonable priced.

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  • GUESS??DIVING!!

    And here we go with the pictures of Paulo's first dive in Arraial.My travelogue..ENJOY!(it's there,step-by-step!!).

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  • A BIT HISTORY

    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...

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  • LAKES REGION

    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...

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