Cabo Frio is a more touristy area in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's in the south, beginning part of the peninsula called Búzios. The characteristics here are fine white sand beaches without any mica, which means you can walk on it without burning your feet. Its turquoise waters make this paradise a reality. Among its most popular beaches are Praia do Faro, and Praia do Forte. To go exploring, the locals advise you to go all around Arraial do Cabo and visit the stunning Blue Grotto.
Praia do Forte is the most emblematic area of Cabo Frio as it is located in the heart of the city. It is impressive due to its 7.5 km long and white sandy beach. Its name comes from the Fort of San Mateos which is located on the left side of this popular beach. Neraby, there are many kiosks where you can rent deckchairs and umbrellas. The surrounding buildings are all located on the pretty coastal avenue. In addition there are plenty of vendors selling all sorts of things. I was impressed by the fine white sand, clear turquoise waters and especially the strong waves that are perfect for surfers and really compete with other beaches of Rio de Janeiro that are so popular. I really enjoyed visiting this place although it was very tiring. Next time, I intend to spend more time here!
The Gamboa or "Street of Bikinis" is an outdoor mall. Here you'll find 70 stores selling bikinis, gym clothes, and accessories. The idea of this commercial street began in the 50's, when a resident, Nilza Lisboa, started making and selling copies of bikinis from famous actresses. In time Nilza taught other women in the area to sew, and trade grew in the street. If you want to buy a bikini, this is the place to go!
Itajuru Canal connects the Araruama lagoon with the Atlantic Ocean and is about 6km long. You can take a boat ride down it, and see the fish market, fairs, Portinho neighbourhood, and people doing watersports like water skiing, kayaking, etc. The view of the sunset from the canal is beautiful. Boat trips take one hour (R $ 20.00) or two hours (R $ 30.00), and visit the main islands and landmarks of Cape Frio as well as the city.
The statue of an angel was erected in 1907 to commemorate the opening of the Araruama canals. The angel has its wings spread open, and is on top of a column 9 metres high. The statue has become a landmark and a symbol of the neighbourhood's identity. I love taking a boat ride down the canal to admire it.
This flea market is a tradition in the city, having been here for 22 years. It is located in the city centre, almost opposite Praia do Forte. There's an area dedicated to food stalls, with pasta, kebabs and sweets, and another with artisanal products like towels, decorative objects, and bracelets. Worth a visit, and you can often pick up something interesting.
Walking along the Cabo Frio Canal, we saw a strange statue of a man, opposite where the ships were anchored, captured as if drawing. It is the statue of Carlos Scliar, a renowned painter, who lived in Cabo Frio for more than forty years. In front of the statue is the Carlos Scliar Cultural Institute, where you can find many examples of his work, as well as pieces by other Brazilian painters. Painting and drawing classes are also taught here. There's a cinema, too. Admission is free, and the staff are very friendly and welcoming.
I went to spend the new year in Cabo Frio with friends who live in the city, ended up going to visit this very nice beach. Around 3pm, I took a venture with my camera along a path along one of the cliffs to the beach, and on the other side of the cliff I found myself with this wonderful view with a super positive energy, an environment that has not been touched by man: paradise.
In one of the highest points of Cabo Frio is the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Guia, erected in 1740. To get there you'll face a steep climb, which starts in Largo Santo António, in the city center, to the top of the hill. But the view makes up for it. At the top you can visit the small chapel, home of the image of Nossa Senhora da Guia, visit the beautiful garden, and glimpse views of the city of Cabo Frio. For lovers of photography, the top is an ideal place to capture beautiful images. It is best to go in the afternoon to enjoy the sunset, which is also wonderful from the top. Go unhurried, climb slowly, and enjoy the view. Bring water and food, because at the top there's nothing for visitors. Use light clothing and appropriate footwear.
Located about 180 km from Rio de Janeiro, Cabo Frio is a special, exceptional place on the Brazilian coast, especially if you are enthusiastic about diving. In addition to diving, sport fishing, snorkeling, and other watersports are some of the many things to do in Cabo Frio. Underwater Cabo Frio activities are divided into two groups, those practiced on the inner side of the coast, which is bounded by Dos Porcos Island and the island of Cabo Frio, and those practised near Praia Dos Anjos, which forms a quiet bed covered with sea anemones that are characteristic of this area. A diving paradise, Cabo Frio activities are geared towrad getting you in the water. To reach the dive spots and other places to visit in Cabo Frio, many hotels and dive shops can arrange tours. There are three daily departures embarking from Porto Dos Anjos. The dive sites are divided according to the difficulties they offer, ranging from spots for beginners to those for experienced divers. The water depth is between 6 and 40 meters.
But not all the stuff to do in Cabo Frio is related to diving -- there are other things to see in Cabo Frio, such as the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption or the Feliciano Sodré Bridge, which connects the center of town to a neighborhood called da Gamboa. The Museum of the Sea is another of the many attractions in Cabo Frio to visit.
Enjoy the beaches and all the Cabo Frio attractions that this beautiful Brazilian city offers. For more on what to do in Cabo Frio, visit minube!