To the east and west of Rio you can find some of Brazil's best beaches, and on Buzios and Costa Verde holidays you can take your pick of the finest. Once 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. On a Buzios holiday you can pick your favourite of over 20 beaches in the vicinity, and head off windsurfing, surfing, diving, riding, trekking, biking or sailing. To the south-west of Rio lies the lush Costa Verde,
home to charming coastal villages, more gorgeous beaches and a lovely laidback surf culture. Costa Verde holidays are prime road trip territory as you cruise from Rio to Sao Paolo, with one particular highlight being the tiny town of Paraty. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its well preserved colonial architecture, the cobbled streets of Paraty are a delight to wander around, as are the boutique shops, fine restaurants and bars, which are some of the best in Brazil. You can also explore the coastline here by kayak, and of course surf beautiful beach breaks to your heart's content.

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