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Cabo Frio

Travel Guide South America Brazil Rio de Janeiro Cabo Frio

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Introduction

Cabo Frio is a resort town with a population of 150,000 that has it all for the tourists: excellent beaches, night clubs, restaurants, shows and night life for all ages and tastes. Cabo Frio offers easy access to all nearby tourist centers including Arraial do Cabo, Buzios, Rio das Ostras, Petropolis and Rio de Janeiro. The bus terminal has reliable direct service to Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Juíz de Fora, Macaé, etc.

Arraial do Cabo

Arraial do Cabo

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Arraial do Cabo is the Brazilian capital of scuba diving and its main attraction is the ocean. While the temperature of the water on the beach is 23-26 degrees year long, there is a cold layer just above the bottom and the use of 6mm suit when scuba diving is recommended. There are 88 wrecks in the area a great scuba diving attraction. Snorkeling or spear fishing is another popular activity. The boat trips are unforgettable, especially the one to the Blue Grotto with stops at the Pontal do Atalaia and floating restaurant. The town itself, surrounded by hills and resembling a fishing village, has white dunes, sandbanks, lagoons, unspoiled beaches and beautiful headlands, like Pontal do Atalaia, where you can enjoy a wonderful coastal sunset. At Big beach, stretching as far as the horizon in the direction of Saquarema beach, you can indulge in a late-afternoon drink and a bite to eat in one of the bars. For the more energetic travelers, there is a number of trails to explore, such as the one that leads to the old lighthouse.

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Sights and Activities

Cabo Frio & Arraial do Cabo, called "Atlantic Paradise" feature the best of the “Region of the Lakes”: dunes, lakes and paradisiacal beaches. Discover 20 miles of the best beaches in Brazil, crystal sand that is 80% see through pure crystal that sings when you squish it! Cabo Frio is the perfect place for swimming, scuba diving, kiteboarding, windsurfing and surfing! This beautiful nature, perfect weather, simple way of people, architecture of small town makes this region a great tourist attraction.

  • Arubinha lagoon stretches for miles like a huge warm waist-deep sandy bottom swimming pool.
  • Arraial do Cabo is considered the scuba diving capital of Brazil with diving spots for all tastes within few minutes of the shore with rich and diverse marine life: turtles, morel eels, dolphins, whales, penguins and variety of corals. While the water on the surface is always warm you will need a 6mm wetsuit for diving. There is a cold layer diving below 30' formed by the Antarctic current 3-5 feet (1-1.5 metre above the bottom.

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Weather

The climate is warm and humid year round with equal air and water temperature on the beach of average of 25 °C in the summer and 20 °C in the winter.

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Getting There

By Car

Cabo Frio is less than 150 kilometres or a 2 hour drive away from Rio de Janeiro (depending on the traffic). Follow the signs for Niteroi, after the 13-kilometre-long Rio-Niterói bridge make a left in direction of Rio Bonito, about 50 kilometres. Then take a right (Via Lagos) following the sign Araruama / Cabo Frio (Região dos Lagos). Continue for another 70 kilometres past Araruama and Sao Pedro till you get to Cabo Frio.

By Bus

Taxi ride to the bus station (rodoviaria) from the airport, Copacabana or Center is around R$25. From "Rodoviária Novo Rio" take Autoviacao 1001 bus (http://www.autoviacao1001.com.br/en/) to Cabo Frio (every 30 minutes, cost R$ 20, 2-3 hour trip).

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Sleep

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PropertyAddressTypePhonePopularity
Laguna Hotel PousadaRua dos Atobas, 22 Frente a Praia do FogueteHOTEL-
Cabo Frio Central HostelRua Jorge Lassio 1318-BHostel-
Tortuga Hostel Cabo FrioRua Goias, 266Hostel-
Cabo Surf LodgeAv dos Arpoes, 21 Cabo Frio - GamboaHostel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.

Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.

Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.

Post

Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.

Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.

For sending packages internationally, you can also used competitively priced private companies like TNT, UPS or DHL. They are generally much quicker and not much more expensive.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -22.8786833
  • Longitude: -42.0198757

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