A tour of Búzios

with Brazilian actress Maria Ribeiro

image

A regular in this seaside city since her childhood, Maria Ribeiro explains why it’s her favorite summer destination. Above, see a video inspired by the actress’ tips

Located 112 miles [180 km] from the city of Rio de Janeiro, Búzios combines the charm of a small fishing village with the aura of a hip hangout, filled with coveted restaurants and elegant inns. This seaside city welcomes travelers from around the world — it became internationally famous in 1964, when French actress Brigitte Bardot fell in love with the locale. The actress Maria Ribeiro lists her favorite places to enjoy the city.

images

PRAIA DA FERRADURA
“It all started when my family rented a house at Praia da Ferradura. This small beach seemed straight out of the movie The Blue Lagoon, with calm waters and white sands. It’s one of those places where you can spend a month and not miss anything.”

images

PRAIA DE MANGUINHOS
“Our second stop was at Manguinhos, which I consider the most special place in the city to this day. There you can find the fishmongers; it’s where the local way of life is presented to the tourists; where you can see trawlers and people windsurfing; where several great restaurants are located (you can have the best shrimp pastel in the world there, at Bar dos Pescadores). Not to mention the sunset — for me, one of the most beautiful in the region.”

images

PRAIA DE GERIBÁ
“Geribá has a large stretch of sand and an extensive beach break, allowing anyone (including me) to stand on a surfboard for at least a minute (enough time to get your picture taken). These days, the beach is filled with surf schools, and it’s where my two kids learned to surf.”

images

CITY CENTER
“When I was a teenager, the city center was already just as lovely as the color of the ocean, and I became a regular at Chez Michou (Avenida José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, 90), which is practically a heritage of the city. You can also go to Bar do Zé (Avenida José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, 382), owned by my friend Estevão Mello, who, at 13, said he would move to Búzios when he grew up.”

images

ORLA BARDOT
“On Orla Bardot, another member of my group of friends made history in the city. Santiago Bebiano inherited the inn Casas Brancas (Rua Alto do Humaitá, 10) from his mother, Amália, and turned it into the best local hotel, with a spa worthy of Cleopatra and sensational food. In addition, Santi founded the restaurant Rocka (Praia Brava, 13), at Praia Brava, which is also unmissable.”

images

Maria Ribeiro

This actress and columnist (Rio de Janeiro, 1975) has a degree in journalism and has also written several plays and television shows. She acted in the film Elite Squad (2007), and as a documentary filmmaker, she produced Domingos (2011), about playwright Domingos de Oliveira, and Los Hermanos – Esse é Só o Começo do Fim da Nossa Vida (2014), which goes backstage with a Brazilian rock band.

Photos: Roberto Seba, Shutterstock