Ms. Bardot in Buzios
I'm not a sun worshiper by any means... Ok, maybe that's not the truest of true statements. Let's just say that I love a good morning at the beach followed by a big lunch followed by a little more beach.
And while that is just not possible in Rio de Janeiro, it is so possible in Buzios! Alright, again maybe not totally true about Rio de Janeiro but as locals we just don't do it.
But in Buzios it's quaint beach vacation mode all the way! Hell, if Brigitte Bardot put the city on the map you really can't go wrong with going there, can you!
I will also say straight out that the best beach is Geríba! You can not go wrong with it, unless it's high tide but that's just nature. On a normal day the water is perfect for big and small children alike. Think shallow and waves very far from where the kids play. The sand is wet and packed down so sand castle and tunnel construction is golden.
And for the Non-children owning adults and the spenders, you can sit at a table and get drinks and snacks. Oh yes, the ease of Rio de Janeiro without the congestion (except for holidays and/or weekends during the summer).
I absolutely adore my days at that beach and we conveniently know someone who owns a house close to Geríba. Oh the beauty in it all! But this weekend, seeing that the family went, we had to pousada it. I have to say that this is the first time I've been able to recommend a pousada in Buzios (or Rio for that matter) and I think it's a good one.
While on the pricey side, and still very much a Brazilian pousada, it was very nice. The rooms are unique and clean, the decor pleasing to the eye, and there is wireless internet (not that you'll ever use it but it's there). They also have, bless them, good mattresses and pillows! Hell, they brought in two proper kiddie beds for our kids! I was like, holy hell an easy place to take a child.
Keep in mind that it is up a hill and a bit more of a trek to the beach. A little bit of a bitch but it also means the view is amazing. If you want to check them out: www.casacolina.com.br
FYI: They are not paying me for this review nor do they actually know I'm doing it. Now that I think about it, I'm a bit of a fool for not saying something. Ah well. If they ask, tell them I sent you. Maybe if enough people show up saying something about Rachel and Ranting they'll be curious enough to Google me.
So keep Buzios in mind. While we went with great company, you could totally pull of a good trip to this city with obnoxious people! If that annoying in-law or boyfriend of a friend is coming to visit, take them to Buzios. It's such a nice place you won't care who is there with you!
Hell, I think that should be the city's new motto.
View from the pool at the pousada