Escaping to Búzios, the Elite Beach Destination of Rio de Janeiro

Wealthy Cariocas have long made the beach town a favorite destination, but it suits all budgets with a range of accommodations and activities.

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - If the city crowds of Rio ever feel too busy, there is an escape just over 100 miles north on the beach-blessed peninsula of Armação dos Búzios, better known simply as Búzios. Wealthy Cariocas have long made the beach town a favorite destination, but it suits all budgets with a range of accommodations and activities.

The name Búzios is derived from Portuguese and refers to a shell . . .

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