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Buzios and Paraty

Paraty is the colonial jewel bathed by tranquil beaches just three hours off Rio de Janeiro.

A six hour drive southwest of Buzios is the resort town of Paraty. Settled in 1500 by the Portuguese, it is located along Costa Verde in Brazil. Paraty has become quite popular with tourists due to its coastal location.

A walk in Paraty Buzios Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Attractions

Paraty has several attractions that visitors will enjoy. On Rua da Cadeia is the Naval Historical Museum which contains archeological displays and depictions of the old colonial ships. Approximately 1 km from downtown is Forte Defensor Perpetuo built in 1703. The fort was used to protect the town from Indian and pirate invasions and now houses the Folk Art Museum. There are several churches in the area that are worth a visit too. Just 6 km from Paraty is the Engenho da Murycana, an 18th century farm that has a lake, playground and a zoo for little ones to enjoy.

Shopping

There are many interesting shops and boutiques in Paraty. As Paraty is historically known for its sugar cane, be sure to pick up a bottle of its famous sugar cane rum from Escritório da Cachaça. Visit Centro Historico to find local artisans selling hand made jewelry, ceramics, mosaics and artwork. For the chocolate lover, stop in at Bombom da Maga for delicious chocolates and bonbons. The bibliophile will love Nova Paraty a bookstore featuring books in both English and Portuguese. Papel-a-pique celebrates the rainforests of Brazil with art made from dyes and fibers taken from the rainforest.

Beaches

Like most of the other Brazilian coastal communities, Paraty is known for its numerous beaches. Pontal beach is close to downtown Paraty and is the hub where tour boats leave each day. Trindade beach is quite popular with families as it has a pool for children to swim. Sono beach is known for its clear blue waters and soft white sand. Prainha beach is a great place to scuba dive. Martim de Sa and Ponta Negra beaches both allow camping on their shores. The mud from Jabaquara beach is said to have healing powers. Swimmers and snorkelers can enjoy Cachadaco beach after a short trek through the lush vegetation.

Nightlife

One of the most popular places to hear live music is Café Paraty. While there is a restaurant here, the party really beings after 10pm when one of the local bands rolls in. Margarida Café doubles as both a bar and restaurant and on the weekends visitors can look forward to native Brazilian music. For cheap drinks and a more lively crowd head over to Cana da Praça where caipirinhas are only R$5. Next stop is Gabriela, a popular tourist bar and a fun place to meet people from all over the world. Finish up the night at Dinho’s dance club. Be sure to learn some Brazilian samba before the night is over.
Paraty, while not as sophisticated as Buzios, is nevertheless a delightful village to visit. Wonderful beaches, lovely little shops and a fun nighttime crowd make this a perfect place check out.

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