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January 21st 2009
Published: January 21st 2009
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Arraial do cabo
Saquarema - Araruama - Iguaba Grande - São Pedro d’Aldeia - Cabo Frio - Arraial do Cabo - Búzios - Rio das Ostras - Barra de São João - Casemiro de Abreu - Macaé

Hi. How are you?
My name is Viviane. I’m brazilian. I was born in Rio de Janeiro. I moved for Cabo Frio in 2004 and I lived there for five years. Now, I’m living in São Paulo. But I want to show the ‘Região dos Lagos” for everybody that want to know this beautiful place.
This page is different, because you are going to know the step by a person that lived in the place that you have interesting to know. English isn’t my first language, so sorry for some mistakes. The last time that I wrote in English was in 1998 ( more than ten years!).

What do you want to know? Lake? Beach? Or river?

if you like to play in lake, you can go to Araruama, Arraial do Cabo, Iguaba Grande or São Pedro d’Aldeia. The people like to sit in this lakes in plastic chair . Araruama and Arraial do Cabo are very interesting because in the downstair , you can see the lakes and the upstair you can see the beach of Atlantic Oceanic ( beach of Pernambuca, beach Seca, Figueira, Monte Alto…). These beach is a good idea for surfist, because the brave sea. Is the same sea of Saquarema, Maricá, Jaconé, Ponta Negra, Itaipu… Saquarema offered a lot of championship of surf. Kitesurf is practiced in Praia da Dunas and Praia do Foguete ( you can access these beaches by Praia do Forte is the same beach , but in other direction of sand and wind.

Surfist can go to the beach of Atlantic Oceanic that I said or Praia Grande in the center of Arraial do Cabo. These water is so cold.
In Arraial do Cabo , you can know Prainha, Praia do Fogo, Gruta Azul (Blue Grotto), Praia dos Anjos, Pontal do Atalaia (for Pontal do Atalaia: take a taxi to know or go by walking a lot if you like trekking) , Praia do Pontal.
Prainha is beautiful because the green or blue water shocking in the rocks. I don’t know to identify the color of the water. It’s fantastic. Look at Prainha in the photo and try to descibe the color. It is ‘UNLOSEABLE”!
Praia do Fogo - Fire Beach you can go by boat in Praia dos Anjos - Angel’s beach or climb the mountain for ten minutes. Climb the mountain in Praia dos Anjos to see in the up and to go to Praia do Fogo is the best option. Take the boat in Praia dos Anjos only to visit the Gruta Azul . Gruta Azul is beautiful. You never had seen something like this place, Gruta Azul is the brazilian Caribe. In Praia do Fogo, you can eat oysters in the bar of the beach.

If you came from Brasil without a bikini and accessories, you can buy the best and cheapest in Rua dos Biquínis - Gamboa. You can go walking, by bus urban, by boat in the canal. You don’t pay anything to take the boat of Gamboa for center. In the same canal , you can take a boat to visit the Japanese Island, it’s a lake that have some restaurant in the morning and afternoon. In the canal of the center of Cabo Frio, in Rua do Canal have the better a lot of restaurant, but not cheap. You can eat at night in the Rua da Passagem, it is a little park that have ambient music and soap. Rua da Passagem it’s a good place to talk with friends and family who want a calm place to spend the night. The young people prefer the Rua do Canal and the Praia do Forte. In Praia do Forte, at night have a lot of restaurant, pizza and fast-food, and people walking in every direction doing nothing. Everyday_ morning, afternoon and night_ you can walk, run, play sports in Praia do Forte. You can visit the Forte de Cabo Frio at morning and afternoon; you can see the child dools in the park in front of the beach. At night, you can visit the Feira in front of the beach and buy present and eat the brazilian hot dog. The brazilian hot dog of Rio de Janeiro is different. It’s a self-serve hot dog with a lot of addicional. Delicious! And you can eat a coco sugar ( I don’t know how to mean in English “cocada ”, something produced by condensed milk and coconut and other fruit optional).
The sand of Praia do Forte is so white and fin. You can run or walk in the sand since the Praia do Forte for Praia das Dunas and Praia do Foguete.
You can take a bus in the center to go to the Peró. You can go to Praia do Peró and walk in the sand for Praia das Conchas (Shell Beach). It’s pretty!
To have lunch, in the center you take the bus (bus Araruama, or Bacaxá, or Iguaba Grande, or São Pedro da Aldeia) and go down in Salinas Grill and Gas Station ( three points of bus after Sendas supermarket, it’s two points of bus before Ponte do Ambrosio). You have to pass the other side of the avenue (Avenida América central - center americ avenue). So go in direction of Praia do Siqueira, the beach that have Cabofolia. In this beach, you can eat a wonderful fresh fish and sea foods in the bar of Pernambuco. Good eat and cheap. Something like R$40,00 for six person (=R$7,00/person).
If you want to eat a domestic brazilian food and pay cheap ( something like R$14,00/Kg in self-serve). In São Cristóvão near Trevo de Arraial, have a point of bus in front of a bar that serve a great food in the avenue that you go to the center of Cabo Frio. Near this bar have a point of taxi. In this avenue a left and avenida América Central a right you can rent a car or bugre. Is better to visit Búzios by car.

since Cabo Frio , the first beach of Búzios is Praia José Gonçalves. Praia José Gonçalves is small, beautiful, calm water and must be visit in morning or afternoon (never night because its empty at night and don’t have population near).
The second beach is Tucuns. It’s a simple beach.
If you go more in direction of Praia da Rasa, you can know my favorite beach near of a Fuel market. A empty beach, with calm water, hot sun, delicious wind ( between Praia da Rasa and Praia de Manguinhos).
By bus, you can visit the center ( Orla Bardot, Praia João Fernandes, Praia dos Ossos, Rua das Pedras). You can eat in Rua das Pedras every hour. You can climb the rocks of the beach and appear in other beach (it’s so funny in Búzios). You can take a taxi or walking, I think that you have to rent a car to know Buzios because some beach is not near of the road . but you to visit Praia da Ferradura, Praia da Ferradurinha, Praia do Geribá . in Praia Brava, you can climb the rocks and appear in other beach and sea the other pretty side of Búzios. Climb the road of the João Fernandes’s beach, you can see Búzios in the station water of Prolagos and see Búzios in the Mirante of Prolagos. It’s a uncomparable sight and witness.

um time of year, in Rio das Ostras, you can hear blues and jazz in the beach in the Festival Jazz e Blues. It’s unforgettable hear the best musicians play jazz in the sunrise and sunset.
Praia da Joana is distant far the principal avenue, difficult access, but a beautiful place to spent the day.
Most famous is Praia da Tartaruga.

have a lot of beach and restaurant. But I love Praia dos Cavaleiros, it’s a organized beach ( separate places to play vleyball, frescoball…), hot and calm water, pretty and comfortable beach.

it’s a beach with strong sand and Brown water. I prefer the others beaches of Região dos Lagos. It’s a good place to buy fish and food sea to prepare at home.
I never went to Sana in Casemiro de Abreu. Everybody like to go there to make a picnic near the river and waterfall. Everybody that went want to return and made a lot of excellent commentaries.

So it is my advice and opinions of Região dos Lagos. My preferences:
1º Búzios
2º Arraial do Cabo
3º Cabo Frio
4º Praia da Joana , da Tartaruga - Rio das Ostras
5º Praia dos Cavaleiros - Macaé

Additional photos below
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Sampaio Corrêa - SaquaremaSampaio Corrêa - Saquarema
Sampaio Corrêa - Saquarema

Good for hang-glider and paraglider
Serra - Sampaio Corrêa - SaquaremaSerra - Sampaio Corrêa - Saquarema
Serra - Sampaio Corrêa - Saquarema

Point of hang-glider and paraglider and surf
Sand of Cabo Frio BeachSand of Cabo Frio Beach
Sand of Cabo Frio Beach

Praia das Dunas - Cabo Frio
Pontal do Atalaia - Arraial do CaboPontal do Atalaia - Arraial do Cabo
Pontal do Atalaia - Arraial do Cabo

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Pontal do Atalaia in Arraial do CaboPontal do Atalaia in Arraial do Cabo
Pontal do Atalaia in Arraial do Cabo

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