A 2 hour drive from Rio, the Brazilian Saint Tropez became famous after the visit of French actress Brigitte Bardot. Búzios is the main tourist destination of the « Região dos Lagos », this is in fact where Cariocas go when they get tired of the big city life! Búzios offers a typical local cuisine rich in seafood, and has 23 incredible beaches with this unique characteristic: on one side, bathed by the ocean currents of the Equator, the waters are warm, and on the other side the water is cold due to the currents of the South Pole. From there, boat trips, ecological trails, diving... Strolling at night along the famous cobblestoned streets of the centre is a must see for those who want to go shopping or discover the variety of bars and trendy clubs.
The region was discovered around 1503 by Portuguese expeditions and until the middle of the 16th century the region was occupied by the indigenous Tupinambás who had close commercial relations with French smugglers. In 1617, the Portuguese allied themselves with the Goitacaz tribes, expelling the presence of the French. Subsequently, Buzios became a Portuguese territory and in the middle of the 17th century, the region became a fishing village with its name eventually becoming Armação de Buzios.The city today is the main tourist pole in the Region of the Lakes in the state of Rio de Janeiro and has become a significant stopover for transatlantic cruises along the Brazilian coast and other countries in South America.