Watching the locals on the many beautiful beaches on this stretch of coastline surfing without a board leash. They’ve all been doing it pretty much since birth and never seem to fall off so don't need the board strapped to their leg!
Saskia, Original Traveller
Rio de Janeiro has perhaps the most stunning physical setting of any city in the world, with the legendary beachfront neighbourhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema the city's most famous districts.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Brazil's most famous city has its own urban beaches - but it's well worth spending some part of your holiday exploring the coastline around Rio for more beautiful spots
- Just over 100 miles northeast of Rio, Buzios is where wealthy Cariocas (Rio residents) holiday, while southwards of the city stretches the lush Green Coast, with Picinguaba and Paraty offering beachside relaxation on route to the thrilling city of São Paulo
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Our guide to holidays in Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde
Spend a few days of your holiday on the beaches of Rio, soaking up the sun and watching the Cariocas (Rio residents) strutting their stuff. Of course, Rio is also synonymous with the feverish intensity of the world's largest carnival, held annually in February. Those not lucky enough to be in Rio for carnival can attend a Samba School at the favella of Mangueira, an intense and unforgettable experience.
A small fishing community, Buzios was put firmly on the map when Brigitte Bardot was photographed on holiday here in the 60s. Despite increasing popularity the area has retained its charm by strictly controlling development allowing only low rise construction. Pick your favourite of over 20 beaches in the vicinity, and head off windsurfing, surfing, diving, riding, trekking, biking or sailing.
To the south, on the lush Costa Verde, Picinguaba is a charming coastal village, home to a typical pousada by the same name; one of our favourite properties. Nearby, Paraty has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its well preserved colonial architecture. The cobbled streets are a delight to wander around, as are the boutique shops, fine restaurants and bars, some of the best in Brazil. Original Travel also has an exclusive trip exploring the coastline by kayak from Paraty.
SAO PAULO HOLIDAYS
If you head further south still, São Paulo is South America's biggest city - a megalopolis of around 17 million people. The nightlife, cutting-edge hotels, endless shops and boutiques and diverse cuisine are enough to occupy any visitor, but the city has plenty of excellent museums too and cultural appeal too.