It was a short trip overnight to Búzios from Rio. We didn’t have an excursion planned for today so we slept in late, had a pleasant breakfast in the dinning room, and then headed into town.
Búzios is definitely a party type of town. With 23 separate beaches and a bar and hotel every block, it’s the “in” place to be. The town was put on the map by film star Bridget Bardot (the town placed a sculpture of her on the beachfront). Ever since Bridget first “hid” here with her Brazilian boyfriend in 1964, a litany of world stars, from Mick Jagger to Madonna, have followed her path. None left quite the impression Bardot did. Her declaration of love for the tiny fishing village catapulted it into the global spotlight and led to its inevitable, albeit tastefully restrained, development as a hub of upmarket tourism. These days it is, rather unsurprisingly, known as Brazil’s St Tropez.
We walked through the quaint little streets, looked at the weird artwork, viewed another of the town’s landmarks, the sculpture called “Três Pescadores” of fishermen hauling in their nets, had a huge lunch at one of the restaurants, and just walked around and enjoyed the laid back vibe.
It was then back to the ship and off to our next stop Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.