Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
41Trip End Sep 04, 2011
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Where I stayed
Brigitta'S Guest House
We were given a room at our guest house which literally opened up onto the beach. It was absolutely fantastic to be able to step out of your front door and stumble onto a perfect beach lined with fishing boats, coming and going with their daily business. By the time we arrived and got settled into our private little beach cottage it was way past lunch time and we were absolutely starving. This gave Georgie the perfect opportunity to expand her growing list of shops to visit whilst pretending to find a suitable restaurant to eat at. A very hungry (grumpy) Midge cottoned onto this plan pretty quick and demanded feeding before any more walking would take place! Happiness was quickly restored after lunch and a much more amenable Midge joined Georgie with a mission to explore the town. Buzios was literally packed with people and we found out that our visit had coincided with the last week of school holidays in Brazil
The glamour of having a room which opened directly onto the beach wore off very quickly after the first night. The high tide mark was basically at the threshold of our door, and besides the noise of the waves crashing against our window we had party animals stumbling up and down the beach trying to outdo each other in drunken sing-song matches
The owner of our guest house was a pretty talkative character and one of the only people we had met who could speak a reasonable amount of English. By the end of breakfast the next morning, he had planned out a detailed itinerary for us for the days ahead telling us exactly where we should (and shouldn't) be visiting. We decided to take his advice and spent our first full day in Buzios on the predominantly Spanish beach of Joao Fernandes. The most energetic thing we did all day was walking to and from the beach, other than that we broke every record in laziness. We spent the entire day sunning ourselves like lizards and were waited on hand and foot by a range of different restaurant staff competing for business on the beach. It was awesome and we had no excuse not to give it stick in the bars and clubs later that evening. Midge had earmarked two awesome looking night clubs which he insisted would need a sneaky visit to later on in the evening!
Our day spent on Joao Fernanado turned us from lightly tanned to bright red, and we returned home to quickly apply bucket loads of aftersun! Georgie suggested that in order to pass time until dinner we visit every single shop in Buzios. Time was again killed after dinner by doing the exact same thing before we found a bar to allow the credit card time to cool off! The beach bars were awesome and we passed time merrily listening to awesome tunes and sipping on delicious cocktails
One of the unexpected finds of the previous day was finding a company which hired beach buggies. We signed up for our blue buggy early the next morning and were now able to explore the more remote beaches around Buzios. Our first stop was at the predominant Brazilian beach of Geriba (southern portion of Buzios). Again, we spent a super lazy morning soaking up the sun watching the way more energetic Brazilians surf, play volley ball, beach bats and beach soccer. Their activities definitely made us feel very lazy whilst we sampled various beers and cocktails under the shade of our umbrella! After lunch we headed off in the buggy to explore as much of Buzios as we could, checking out Ferradurinha and Ferradura beaches along the way. Every beach we visited was absolutely spectacular and holiday homes of every description lined the beach fronts and surrounding hillsides. The whole place was amazing! Our last beach stop for the day was at Brava beach (eastern side of Buzios) which we made just in time to catch the last hour of sun before sunset
Our last day in Buzios was spent without our trusted beach buggy. The weather was perfect and we wasted no time heading back to the nearby beach of Joao Fernando for yet another day of absolute bliss. We could not believe that we had left such a small amount of time to explore such an amazing country and cursed ourselves for not having pushed ourselves harder getting through Bolivia. Brazil exceeded our expectations on every level and we loved every minute spent there. Most of the conversation on our last beach day in Buzios was around how we could extend our stay there. Unfortunately we had made arrangements for accommodation back in Rio so staying longer would have been difficult. We will be returning to Brazil soon and Buzios will be on that itinerary without a doubt. We ended our stay off with an amazing dinner and packed our suitcase for our trip back to Rio. Rio, here we come again baby..........