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Most people in Buzios wake up around 11am and hit the beach for sunbathing, water sports, and/or soccer before heading back to the hotel for a shower and a late afternoon nap. In the evening it is off to the Rua das Pedras for window shopping and a drink, followed by dinner and more drinks (it’s not uncommon to party at a nightclub until the wee hours). Still, there are other ways to pass the time – most of them nature related.

Things to do in Búzios

Búzios Golf Club & Resort

Designed by Pete and Perry Dye of Dye Designs in Colorado, this 472-square-mile course, with its valleys, hills, and lakes, is one of the best in Latin America. The 17th hole includes a Dye-trademark island-green; hole 18 is the most challenging.

, 011-55-22-2629-1240, www.buziosgolfe.com.br
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Búzios Trolley

Passengers sit in on shaded benches in the adapted bed of a truck for this two-hour tour of 12 beaches and two vista points – a great Búzios overview. Juice, water, fruit, and crackers are provided.

Avenida José Ribeiro Dantas, 550, 011-55-22-2623-4733
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Coastal Tour in a Native Fishing Boat

Leave the huddled masses to the schooners with their scripted itineraries. Hire a local fisherman to take you on a personalized tour of the coast. Most boats can be hired by the hour for as long as you want and leave from the Porto dos Pescadores at Armação Beach.
Additional information by telephone: 011-55-22-2620-8020. Or make a reservation at the Colônia dos Pescadores

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Nature Reserve Tours

The Búzios-Atlantic Forest Ecological Institute offers guided tours of José Gonçalves Beach and the Serra das Emergências.

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Scuba Diving

One of the best spots for diving is Âncora Island, about six miles offshore. Spot sea turtles, ornamental fish and rock formations. (Average visibility is about 40 feet but can reach 82 feet during the summer. Only in May, when the winds pick up, is visibility sometimes a problem).

Rua das Pedras, 242, 011-55-22-2623-2441
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Tauá Ecological Reserve

This privately-owned and operated, 328,000-square-foot nature reserve offers numerous walking trails and opportunities to spot wildlife like raccoons, capuchin monkeys, agoutis and armadillos. It’s also rich in bromelias: experts estimate that 40% of Brazil’s 1,300 bromelia species are here.

Estrada Búzios-Cabo Frio, kilometer 5, 011-55-22-2623-2200, www.reservataua.com.br
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