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Armacao dos Buzios

Brazil's St Tropez

Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city. Tourism in Armacao dos Buzios truly began to flourish in 1964, when actress Brigitte Bardot visited the town--which at the time had no electricity. The crowds soon followed, as did the tourist infrastructure (including electricity) to accommodate them. Nowadays, Armacao dos Buzios' 23 golden sand beaches, clear waters, and lush vegetation make for a relaxing escape from the stresses of city life. Make Armacao dos Buzios central to your Brazil travel plans using our Brazil vacation trip planner.
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Where to stay in Armacao dos Buzios

Despite its fairly small population of around 25,000, Armacao dos Buzios offers more than 200 accommodations for the visitors who flock here during high season. You can find a wide selection of places to stay on any main street, especially as you move toward the tip of the peninsula. Higher-end hotels tend to be closer to the beach, while budget lodgings are dotted around the center of town. The good news is that even if you stay in one of the more economical guesthouses, you'll never be more than 15 minutes' walk from a range of beaches.
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