Known as the Brazilian Caribbean for its incredibly clear coastline, Arraial do Cabo has been winning the hearts of Brazilian and foreign tourists and is just 164 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Arraial do Cabo was once an old fishing village and to this day it preserves this peaceful atmosphere. The city has approximately 30 thousand inhabitants and its inhabited area is relatively small. In just one day in the city it is possible to visit most of the attractions on the unmissable boat trips that leave from the marina located at Praia dos Anjos, but this factor should not be taken into account. The beaches of Arraial are among the most beautiful in the country, and a quick visit can turn into a big disappointment due to lack of time at each attraction.
Located in the trendy region of Lagos, the city of Cable camp brings together several attractions that every traveler is looking for: paradisiacal beaches with clear waters, lagoons, dunes and viewpoints that offer the opportunity to see all the beauty of the region.
Next to Cabo Frio and Búzios, the municipality has nine beaches that are among the favorites of any diver, as the place is home to a diverse marine life with turtles, stingrays, dolphins, whales, among others.
A good point to choose Cable camp to stay when visiting Lakes Region, is the cost benefit. The city does not have establishments as luxurious as other cities, but you can find a lot of comfort in more rustic lodging options and restaurants. In addition, the proximity to the other municipalities makes it possible to visit the neighboring cities of Búzios, Cabo Frio and Saquarema.
when you are in Cable camp don't forget to do the traditional ones boat trips, try the typical food based on seafood, visit Praia do Pontal, postcard of the city, and enjoy the sunset at Pontal do Atalaia.
Things to do in Arraial do Cabo
Farol beach is located on Cabo Frio Island, also known as Farol Island. To visit Ilha do Farol you need a permit from the Instituto de Estudos do Mar Almirante Paulo Moreira and a rented boat. This is due to the creation, in 1997, of the Arraial do Cabo Extractive Reserve. Praia do Farol is a paradise and is considered one of the most perfect in Brazil.
Prainhas has 300 meters of white sand and does not have any structure such as restaurants and bars, just a few street vendors. Access can be made by car to the beginning of the steps that take the tourist to the beach, on foot or on excursion boats that depart daily from the city's port. The scenery is even more beautiful with the immense Ilha do Farol covering the horizon with the beautiful Praia do Farol.
Just 1.5 km from the center, the Forno Beach can only be accessed by boat or trail (a great option to enjoy the view of the beach through the rock wall next to the beach). Its 500 meters long with white sands and transparent waters make for great photos.
The tours last four hours and reveal the most beautiful landscapes of Arraial do Cabo. The itinerary includes stops at Pontal do Atalaia (Prainhas), Ilha do Farol and Praia do Forno, passing by the Blue Grotto, a 30-meter long and 15-meter high hall. The name comes from the effects caused by the internal walls, which have golden and silver tones and turn blue according to the incidence of light. The boats depart from Praia dos Anjos.
Read more information about the tour here.
The rich marine life and the transparent waters with perfect visibility are the main factors that make Arraial do Cabo one of the best places to dive in Brazil.
Read more information about diving in Arraial do Cabo here.
Other places to visit in Arraial do Cabo
- little beach
- Pontal do Atalaia beaches
- Pontal beach
- Praia Brava
- Pontal do Atalaia beach
- Arraial do Cabo Oceanographic Museum
- Viewpoints of Prainhas do Pontal de Atalaia
- Old Lighthouse Trail
- Our Lady of Remedies Church
How to get to Arraial do Cabo
The nearest airport is in Cabo Frio, 13 km away. Another option is the airports in the capital of Rio de Janeiro, 170 km from the city.
Passing through Ponte Rio – Niterói, take the leftmost exit (direction Rio Bonito), following Rio-Manilha for 25 km, then follow BR-101 for 36 km until Rio Bonito, take Via Lagos (with toll), towards the Lagos Region. On Via Lagos, travel for another 68 km, to São Pedro da Aldeia, then another 13 km to Cabo Frio, and at the São Cristóvão interchange, at the end of Avenida América Central, take the RJ-140, which connects Cabo Frio to Arraial do Cabo. at 10 km.
Companies 1001 (0800-941-3334) and Salineira (22 2647-8200) serve the Lagos Region.
Best time to visit Arraial do Cabo
The climate in Arraial do Cabo is pleasant throughout the year, with little variation in temperature. Even the rainiest months (December and January) are usually hot and the rains don't usually last long. The months of July and August are usually the driest and the city receives strong winds.
If you value tranquility, avoid the period from Christmas to Holy Week. At this time Arraial receives a very large number of tourists. The beaches get very crowded and the lines at restaurants and markets are constant and normal.
Where to stay in Arraial do Cabo
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