Buzios Is just 105 miles from Rio de Janeiro, a pleasant 2 hour trip takes you to the peninsula of Buzios, whose more than 20 magnificent beaches and crystal-clear water contrast with the exuberantly sculptured landscape and exotic vegetation because of its wonderful year-round summer. Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, the happy mixture prospered and became a picturesque fishing village. It is one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world, famous for its unique combination of rustic charm, architectural harmony, incredible beauty and the sophisticated boutiques and restaurants frequented by discerning visitors who come from all over the world to savor its magic. The tiny fishing village of Buzios burst into prominence when French actress Brigitte Bardot visited in her heyday. It has since grown to international repute, likened to St. Tropez, and offers the visitor sandy white beaches, lively nightlife, sports and all over suntans.