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Resorts near Rio

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Resorts near Rio

We are going to Rio next year, we want to get out of the city for a few days too, to a beach resort or small beach town/village to chill out, I have no clue where to even start looking! want somewhere laid back not too pricey or touristy if possible, within a few hours drive to Rio. we are a couple with a baby. Thanks in advance for suggestions.

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1. Re: Resorts near Rio

There are no real all inclusive resorts in and immediately around Rio, but If you’re thinking about spending a few days away from Rio de Janeiro, you might want to consider nearby Ilha Grande, Búzios, or Paraty. Much of Brazil is touristy and pricey, so be prepared for some sticker shock.

1. Ilha Grande (Big Island) is 95 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro. The island is a largely undeveloped protected area and noted for its beautiful beaches and hillsides covered in lush tropical forests. There are no cars and no banks on Ilha Grande, so bring cash with you since not all hotels, shops, and restaurants accept credit cards. The largest village on the island is Vila do Abraão, where most of the visitor facilities are located, and can be reached from the mainland by local ferries and catamarans.

Ilha Grande Info:

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Angra dos Reis Info:

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2. Búzios is a beach resort with an active nightlife 105 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro with over 20 beaches in the vicinity.

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Clubs in Búzios:

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Getting around in Búzios

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Búzios Info:

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3. Paraty (also Parati), a coastal historic town between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, is about 160 miles from Rio and replete with picturesque cobbled streets, forests, waterfalls, islands, and an emerald-green sea.

Slide Show of Paraty:

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Paraty Info:

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How to get there:

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Intercity buses in Brazil:

There is no one bus company that serves the whole country. See “BuscaOnibus.”

http://www.buscaonibus.com.br/en

http://www.costaverdetransportes.com.br

Bus services are often sold in three classes: Regular, Executive and First-Class (Leito, in Portuguese). Regular may or may not have air conditioning. For long distances or overnight travels, Executive offers more space. First-Class has even more space and only three seats per row, making enough space to sleep comfortably.

All trips of more than four hours are covered by buses with bathrooms and the buses stop for food/bathrooms at least once every four hours of travel.

Brazilian bus stations, known as rodoviária or terminal rodoviário, are often in pretty sketchy areas, so if you travel at night be prepared to take a taxi to/from the station.

The Rodoviária Novo Rio long distance interstate bus terminal is located five minutes away from the downtown district (Centro) in a somewhat seedy part of town, so it’s best to take a taxi there.

Website: http://www.novorio.com.br/

Weather in Paraty:

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Hostels in Paraty:

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2. Re: Resorts near Rio

I agree with monteCD , but for a couple with a baby , I would choose Paraty - It´s more calm and quiet.

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A) Búzios

Búzios is located approx. 2:30h away from Rio (with good traffic). Comfortable coach buses depart from Rio's main bus terminal, called Rodoviária. The company that does the route is called Viação 1001.

Luxury hotels such as Casas Brancas ( tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303492-d312114… ) have been featured in several magazines, including international ones.

Other well rated hotels such as tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303492-d105621… and tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303492-d501244… can be easily found on the city's hotel list.

Búzios is, however, on the expensive side.

2) Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is to the opposit direction and is basically an island ("big island" is the literal translation of its name) basically unspolit, so you don't have hotels (only very simple b&bs) and no attractions other than its exuberant nature. More to the backpacker style.

3) Paraty

Paraty is a colonial town where you have a relaxing atmosphere and can also enjoy the nature. Many pousadas (b&bs), restaurants, etc, but less expensive than Búzios, generally speaking. I suggest you have a look at the city's page here on TA.

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4. Re: Resorts near Rio

Thanks so much for the suggestions, Ilah Grande looks perfect, just what we were looking for. In terms of cash, how much would we need to bring per day for dinner and drinks etc..... if there are no banks there need to be prepared!

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5. Re: Resorts near Rio

A lot depends on how much you want to spend on meals and drinks. Certainly no less than $50 U.S. per person.

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Ilha Grande is considered a cheap destination here in Rio, so pousadas (b&bs) are much cheaper than the ones in Paraty and Búzios. They are also very simple. I would calculate R$ 140 per day for the couple per day, not counting what you're spending on your bed & breakfast; I'm almost sure you won't spend that much, but it's better to take a little bit more just in case. Check if your hotel offers breakfast as part of its rate. As you'll be trekking and going to the beach, I don't think you'll spend much money. Moreover, there aren't many restaurants there.

Have a look at the hotels there: tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303497-d154487…

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7. Re: Resorts near Rio

Thanks for all the replies, one more question, can anyone recommend a good beach front b&b, maybe one not on booking.com as there is very little availability for the dates we are going (22 April-24th) Up to $R500 per night MAX.

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8. Re: Resorts near Rio

Where are you planning to stay?

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9. Re: Resorts near Rio

Sorry, I mentioned earlier in thread we are going to Ilha Grande

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10. Re: Resorts near Rio

Have a look at Pousada Praia da Camiranga:

http://bit.ly/L7TBAa

http://ilhagrande.org/praiadacamiranga

The word “pousada” comes from the Portuguese word “pousar,” meaning “to stay” and refers to accommodations such as bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, eco-lodges, inns, and sometimes boutique hotels. They are normally small, often six to eight rooms, and are usually individually owned and operated.