Brazil Buzios, Paraty and Costa Verde

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When's the best time to visit Buzios, Paraty and the Costa Verde?

Búzios is at its hottest Jan-Mar (humid with tropical showers, occasionally over 40°C during the day). It can be cool and drizzly Jun-Aug and some facilities will be closed but the sun is never far away. Late Dec-Feb and Jul are local holiday times and the resort will be very busy

The verdant mountains west of Rio can attract rain at any time but sunny days are frequent. The best weather is Mar – May, a quiet season except over Easter. The local holiday season Dec - Feb and Jul, weekends and public holidays can be very busy.

What's the official language of Buzios, Paraty and the Costa Verde?

Brazilian Portuguese, a more languid and musical version of Portugal’s mother tongue.

How do I get local currency in Buzios, Paraty and the Costa Verde?

Brazilian Real. Notes can be withdrawn from several ATMs in Buzios, such as that of Bradesco, using a UK credit or debit card. Notes can be withdrawn from the ATMs of Bradesco in Ave. Roberto Silveira just outside Paraty's historic centre using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your home bank allows. ATMs close at 10pm.

What's the time difference between Buzios, Paraty and Costa Verde and UK?

UTC -3 hours. Daylight saving from Oct to the end of Feb (approx) was cancelled from 2019.

How do I get to Buzios, Paraty and Costa Verde?

Buzios is a 3 hour drive east of Rio, and you get to cross the superb 12 km Niteroi Bridge.
To Ilha Grande: 3 hours by road and 1.5 hours by ferry from Rio de Janeiro; to Paraty 4-5 hours by road from Rio (6-7 hours with shared transport), a bit longer from São Paulo.

What are the festivals, cultural and sport events in Buzios, Paraty and Costa Verde??

Carnival: 5 days in Feb/Mar variable.

Easter: Religious parades and folk singing in Paraty.

Paraty International Literary festival: International book festival with world-renowned authors, Jul annually.

Rio das Ostras Jazz and Blues Festival: Top class music on a tropical beach north of Búzios, early Jun annually.

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