Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

Luxury Holidays to Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

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.

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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

Our guide to holidays in Rio, Buzios, Paraty & 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 and cultural appeal too.


Top picks for Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

Originally opened in 1923, this impressive property is Rio’s most traditional and luxurious hotel, and has been the go-to-place to stay for everyone from Fred Astaire to the Rolling Stones.

Where to stay

Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

The most outrageous and spectacular festivities take place in Rio, whose world-famous Carnival and its associated musicians, dancers, floats and parades have become so large that they all take place in the purpose-built sambodrome building, with entries and seating tightly controlled and pre-allocated.

What to do

Fasano

Fasano

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

One of the slickest hotels in Rio, Fasano is situated on Rio de Janeiro’s fashionable Ipanema Beach.

Where to stay

Casas Brancas

Casas Brancas

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

Just a five minute walk from the centre of coastal Búzios, and overlooking the town’s bay dotted with colourful fishing boats, Casas Brancas has the best of both worlds.

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Kayak Paraty

Kayaking from Paraty

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

Hundreds of islands with unspoiled tropical wilderness lie just off shore of the Costa Verde and the best way to explore them is by kayak.

What to do

Mama Ruisa

Mama Ruisa

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

The French owners of this boutique property believe that personalized service is paramount to maximising the Brazilian experience whilst staying in Rio de Janeiro.

Where to stay

Samba Lessons

Samba

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

Characterized by its great diversity, the origins of Brazil’s music lie in its AmerIndian, Portuguese and African roots, and today it is firmly embedded into the Brazilian way of life.

What to do

Sugar Loaf Mountain

Sugarloaf & Corcovado mountains

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

The iconic mountains that appear in any self-respecting shot of Rio both offer superb panoramic views of the city, its bays and beaches.

What to do

Hotel Santa Teresa

Hotel Santa Teresa

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

After three years of restoration and repair, Hotel Santa Teresa has finally opened its doors.

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Rio Internacional

Rio Internacional

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

As one of Copacabana’s top hotels, the Rio Internacional has an excellent location overlooking Copacabana beach and fantastic views over the Corcovado mountains.

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Pousada Picinguaba

Pousada Picinguaba

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

A charming hotel in an exceptional location, ideal for enjoying the surrounding nature and the local way of life.

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Vila D'Este

Vila D'Este

Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

Situated on a cliff overlooking the famous Joao Fernandes Beach, this pretty little pousada is perfectly situated near the centre of town but at a privileged position with spectacular views over the bay.

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