There’s not much to do in Búzios itself. The trendy Rua das Pedras, a cobblestone street nearest to the beach, is a good place to start. There are several boutique shops along the street and in the small corridors that run along it. The big club in Búzios, Pacha, is located there, along with a few restaurants. Guests of Nomad Búzios Seashore Hostel, where I stayed, get free admission to Pacha. There’s also a small Evangelical church.
The next road over from the beach is pretty much the only other road with anything important on it. It’s lined with restaurants, shops, and tour agencies. A few other restaurants are scattered on the other streets but nothing really worth mentioning. Same with the small plaza, Praça Santos Dumont.
The pier in Búzios is at the end of Rua das Pedras and where boat excursions disembark. You can also hire a water taxi near the pier to take you to one of the many beaches around Búzios. Prices vary according to distance.
Orla Bardot runs along the harbor. There is a bronze sculpture of Brigitte Bardot just a few minutes’ walk from the pier. Bardot made Búzios famous after she visited in 1964 with her Brazilian boyfriend, Bob Zagury.
A bit beyond the Bardot sculpture is another sculpture called Três Pescadores. It’s dedicated to the fishermen of Búzios and depicts three figures casting a net into the sea. It’s on a small swath of land in the harbor. During high tide, water rushes over the feet of the figures to make them look as if they are standing in the sea.
My favorite time to walk down Orla Bardot was during sunset. Make it a point to enjoy a Búzios sunset!
So, what’s there to do in Búzios? Beaches, shopping, biking, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, diving, and just laying out in the sun. Visit one of the tour offices to organize an activity for the day, take a boat tour, or hire an excursion to Cabo Frio and Arraial do Cabo.