Just north of Rio, Armacao de Buzios is a chic, low-rise resort and peninsula with over 23 sandy beaches and coves. Once a sleepy fishing village, it became de vogue in the 1960’s following the visits of Brigitte Bardot and subsequently Mick Jagger and even Madonna. Today, small exclusive guesthouses overlook the tranquil bays and are just steps away from excellent restaurants and boutiques. Hire a buggy and head off to explore the quieter bays; take a schooner around the nearby islands; snorkel in the crystal clear waters or simply relax in the cafes and bars. Buzios provides an ideal beach extension to any Brazil itinerary and combines beautifully with Rio.