8 Things To Do In Cabo Frio, Brazil

Things to do in Cabo Frio
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Cabo Frio is a famous holiday destination in Brazil, especially on the weekends when locals come for its comfortable weather and beautiful, sandy beaches. The serene water is perfect for swimming and sailing and its an amazing environment for couples on their honeymoon or on a vacation.

Like many seaside towns in Brazil, Cabo Frio has a lovely mix of history and nature. There are many churches and forts from the 17th century, in addition to nine attractive beaches to explore. It is also popular for its special shrimp pasta, a local specialty that is served in several of the restaurants. There are many islands along the coast that are endowed with superb natural features. It is a place worth exploring.

If you’re planning a trip to Cabo Frio, take along this list of the 8 best things to do in the city, so you can be sure to get the best of its nature, history, and culture.

1. Forte Beach

Playa Forte
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Forte Beach is an amazing natural environment, with clear water, diverse fish species and an unforgettable tranquility. It is the ideal place for a honeymoon or family trip. The beach is easily accessible by bus from the closest city center and its the ideal place for snorkeling. There is a village next to the beach, which adds to the lovely experience.

There are also nice shops and lovely restaurants in the surrounding area. Sea turtles can be spotted at certain locations and it is possible to get a tour to see them.

Forte Beach

Address: Praia do Forte, State of Bahia, Brazil.

Website: Forte Beach

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2. Playa Peiro

Parque Estadual da Costa do Sol em Cabo Frio-RJ, Brasil
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Playa Peiro is situated between Cabo Frio and Buzios. It is a serene and clean beach on the outskirts of Cabo Frio and the best place for a family trip since it has special features for kids. You can rent umbrellas here and there are drinks and food from nearby vendors. Nearby attractions include Praias Das Conchas, the Itajuru Waterway, and the Passagem neighborhood.

Playa Peiro

Address: Cabo Frio,State of Rio de Janeiro,Brazil.

Website: Playa Peiro

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3. San Matheus Fort

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This is an ideal place to take photos and there is a perfect view of the beach from this spectacular fort. The fort is situated high on a rocky point, close to the bay in Cabo Frio. This is a great place for people who enjoy hiking but not so good if you have mobility issues.

For adventurous individuals, there are war cannons to see and sometimes there is folk art on display for sale. Entry is free and there is food and drink available at the beach concessions.

San Matheus Fort

Address: Cabo Frio, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Website: San Matheus Fort

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4. Dunas Beach

Vista da Praia das Dunas
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This is one of best beaches to visit in Cabo Frio. It is a clean beach with few vendors and the perfect place for families, especially one with teenagers. The blue water here is irresistibly attractive and will be sure to leave lasting memories in your mind. One interesting feature of this beach is that during low tide, there are shallow tidal pools formed here.

There is also an affordable restaurant close by. The sun can be incredibly intense here but it is masked by the strong winds that blow, all day long. The beach is easily accessible and is close to a hotel complex with ultra modern rooms that include microwaves and refrigerators.

Dunas Beach

Address: Aquiraz, State of Ceara, Brazil.

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5. Papagaios Island

Cabo Frio Canal
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This island is accessible by boat from the Cabo Frio Canal. Activities like snorkeling and swimming are perfect here and there are also boats that can hire out diving equipment. The water surrounding the island is clear and can be cold during certain times of the year. People who enjoy fishing will also enjoy this island.

There are many tropical birds on the island, adding to its natural beauty. Unfortunately, there is no accommodation here, so it’s better to visit during the day and return by nightfall.

Papagaios Island

Address: Cabo Frio, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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6. Jose Dome Museum

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The Jose Dome Museum has great exhibits, including paintings and an immense collection of flowers. The museum is a great place to learn more about the history of the area with its many photos and thorough information. The museum is linked to the Secretariat of Culture and it is also a good place to stop for lovers of art or music and there are many cultural events held here.

Jose Dome Museum

Address: Av. Assuncao, 855 | Centro, Cabo Frio, State of Rio de Janeiro 28900-000, Brazil

Phone: +55 22 2643-6164

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7. Casa-Atelie Scliar

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This is another great stop for lovers of art. The Casa-Atelie Scliar is famous for its rich collection of amazing paintings in a diverse number of categories. There is also antique furniture here, as well as paints, canvases, and brushes.

The gallery collection is comprised of more than 150 pieces and contains works by inspirational artists, such as Bonadei, Pancetti, Guignard, Glauco Rodrigues, and Anna Letycia. It is easily accessible and can be visited at any period of the year.

Casa-Atelie Scliar

Address: R. Mal. Floriano, 253 - São Bento, Cabo Frio - RJ, 28906-000, Brazil

Phone: +55 22 2643-0562

Website: Casa-Atelie Scliar

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8. Praca Das Aguas

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Praca Das Aguas is situated close to Praia do Forte, in Cabo Frio. It is an expansive area that also includes a lake, which forms the major center of attention for visitors. It is the perfect environment for taking photos and there are many places to stay in this area. Nearby attractions include Dunas Beach, Itajuru Waterway, and Saint Matheus Fort. Praca Das Aguas is a place worth visiting.

Praca Das Aguas

Address: 1276, Avenida do Contorno, 1180, Cabo Frio - RJ, Brazil

Website: Praca Das Aguas

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A superb mix of nature and culture...

Cabo Frio
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Cabo Frio is endowed with everything that guarantees an aura of harmony. Its unique museums, beaches, and islands will be sure to have a mesmerizing effect on every traveler who visits.

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