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Guide of 'What to Do & See in Arraial do Cabo'
Posted December 14th, 2011 - 3:08 pm by from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Permalink)
Seeing that a lot of people will be coming to Arrial this summer, I’m posting here an easy guide with Highlights on what to see and do. I’m sure I’m missing a LOT of stuff, feel free to add if you’re a local or come here often.


Roda de Capoeira:

Takes place the last Friday of each month at the Orla da Praia Grande at around 7pm. On December 31st at 6pm there’s going to be the last Roda of the year. Don’t miss it!

Surf:

Surf is best in winter with the big swells. Summer is mostly flat or small, ideal if you want to learn how to surf.

You can take surf lessons and rent boards at Praia Grande at the Escola de Surf de Arraial do Cabo. I’m not sure if prices rise on summer so you can either search for the
red surf tent at the beach or call (021)80895142 for info. It was 30 Reais when I took my lessons. Hopefully it doesn't go up in summer.

There are 2 surf shops I know of that sell used boards (Tyranus, 1 block away from Praia Grande, in front of Pricesa Spermarket and the other one I can’t remember the name, but it further down on that same street as Tyranus).


There's also a Surf museum in Cabo Frio I've heard is good, maybe a good idea for a rainy day. http://www.museudosurf.com/

Diving:

Courses, baptism dives or just diving if you have your certificate. You can bring your gear or they’ll rent you some. Prices seem to vary a lot.

Here are some diving centers I’ve heard are good:
http://www.pldivers.com.br/
http://www.acquaworld.com.br/
http://www.oceansub.com.br/
http://www.sandmar.com.br/ (I went diving with them on Ocean clean up day in Arraial do Cabo and they were great)
http://www.tubaraorio.com.br/
http://www.deeptrip.com.br/home/index.aspx

Rainy day option: Go to the Museu Oceanografico (Maritime Museum) Next to Praça do Cova (Praia dos Anjos). http://www.ieapm.mar.mil.br/museu.htm

Boat trip:

I wouldn't miss it for anything. It takes you to the beach at Ilha do Farol, Prainhas, the Gruta Azul (a blue water cave you can only access by boat), and the floating restaurant in Praia do Forno (it's the perfect spot to dive with turtles). Average price is 30 reais plus a 3 real fee you pay at the docks before embarking. They have free Caipirinha and sodas on board. Take camera, snorkel gear, a towel and something to nibble. It's a 3.5/4 hr trip.

The Beaches:

Praia Grande (surf, white sand, cold water, spacious,
great spot to see turtles by the rocks)
Praia do Pontal (surf, white sand, warm water, is usually
empty)
Praia Brava (surf, no car access, steep descent to
the tiny beach, lovely view)
Praia do Forno (snorkel, kayak, no car access, either 10
minute steep walk with a breathtaking view on top, or 5 minute boat ride, boat
trip takes you there).
As Prainhas (snorkel, banana ride, warm water, for
people who like beaches full of people)
Prainha (snorkel, white sand, warm water, caves, boat trip takes you there)
Praia do Farol (Ilha do Farol). The Ilha do Farol is an
ecological reserve and access is not allowed except for a restricted small
beach area. Boat trip takes you there.

Night life:

Mostly bars, some with live music.
You can check:
Orla da Praia Grande, at Praia Grande.
Praça do Cova, close to Praia dos Anjos.
Or take the bus and go to Cabo Frio (20 min ride, hourly frequency all night) or Buzios (about 1 hr bus ride, less frequency) to have a proper partying night.

I’ve also heard nightlife busts up in summer here, but I haven’t seen much so far.
I’ve heard of a full moon party at Praia Grande in the summers, but last full moon it rained like hell, so I didn’t get to check it out yet. It’s a BYO booze and I guess (and hope) a little fire and some music.

Eating out:

There are a lot of places I haven’t tried, but here are a couple I have tried and liked.

Meu Xodo.
Ask for the fish of the day. Good price (around 30 to 45 Reais a plate for 2), fresh and Yummy as! Comes with Fries, Rice and Beans. About 100 metres from Praia Grande.

Por do Sol.
This is mostly a bar for old men who play cards, smoke and drink, but the owner makes the best shrimp I’ve ever tasted! Address: Rua Jose Francisco (between Rua Pedro Alvares Cabral and Rua Julio Macedo).

It would be great if someone with deeper dining experience could add a couple more.

Sight Seeing:

Fantastic spots to shoot some pictures.

Pontal do Atalaia. Especially at sunset.

Rocks and abandoned buildings at Ponta da
Cabeça
. Great spot to shoot some Surf
photographs.

Trilha do Pescador. About a 3 hr walk from Praia do Forno to Prainha (or
vice versa).

Praia Brava.

Boqueirão.
Lovely view of the open ocean and the rocks below.

Praia dos Anjos. Impressive sunrise on a clear day.

I hope you find this useful! :)

Posted January 4th, 2012 - 1:07 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Wow ! I go tto this group to find this kind of information so thanks for making my life much easyer! LOL

So Im going to Arraial with my bf tonite ...Recommendations for bars? I know a few nice onces in the center last tme I was there....



Tally.

Posted January 6th, 2012 - 5:30 pm by from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Permalink)
Hey Tally,

Just saw your message.

Tonight there will probably be some live music at Praça do Covas and/or Praia Grande.

BTW, roda de capoeira is 1st friday of every month, my bad. So it's this evening at 6.30 :)

Cheers!

Posted January 11th, 2012 - 2:34 am from Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Posted January 13th, 2012 - 12:57 am by from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Permalink)
Hola Lu,

De la estacion de colectivos a Praia dos Anjos, donde estan los barcos que salen a Praia do Farol no hay mucha distancia, solo algunas cuadras. Da para ir caminando...pero las islas son para hacer snorkel.

Las playas para hacer surf tienen agua fria, las mejores son Praia Grande y Praia Brava. Se van por tierra, no de barco.

La isla que a veces tiene olas (cuando la ondulacion viene de Nordeste y Leste) se va remando desde Curvinha (praia do pontal). Esa es un poco menos fria.

Ahora raramente estan habiendo olas, la epoca de olas es en invierno.

El paseo de barco sale entre 25 y 30 reales. Te llevan a Prainhas, Praia do Farol (es una reserva cuidada por la marina, solo te dejan quedarte en la playita esa, no podes subir al farol) , Gruta azul y El Restaurant flotante de Praia do Forno....Cero olas.

Espero que te sirva la info.


Saludos,
Raf

Posted January 13th, 2012 - 2:09 am from Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Posted January 14th, 2012 - 12:06 am by from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Permalink)
Si, es muy lindo. Aca es una onda mucho mas tranqui que Rio, aunque ahora con el verano se movimento mucho mas.

Que la pases lindo!

Posted April 25th, 2012 - 11:59 pm by from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (Permalink)
Hi Rafaela

Can i know how is the crowd there in August,also how do u get there from Rio town centre?

Posted April 26th, 2012 - 1:02 am from Niteroi, Brazil
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Posted April 30th, 2012 - 3:57 am from Moreno, Argentina
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Posted May 4th, 2012 - 11:06 pm by from Puerto Madryn, Argentina (Permalink)
gracias Rafaela por estos tips ! si todo sale bien el 15 de mayo estaré por alli :) saludos

Posted July 8th, 2012 - 1:48 am by from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Permalink)
Hi Santhidarcy,

It's very quiet in August, it's low season. Mild temperature, some windy days, lots of sun, good waves.

You take 1001 from the Bus Station Novo Rio. It takes 3 hrs to get to Arraial.

Cheers

Posted July 7th, 2012 - 5:36 pm from Santiago, Chile
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Posted July 8th, 2012 - 1:51 am by from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Permalink)
Hi Gus,

August is good to surf.
You can also dive, snorkel, fish and there are some easy trails with breathtaking sights.

I no longer live in Arraial, but I totally recommend it if you're the outdoorsy type.

Posted August 10th, 2012 - 10:30 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Reativating this post dear polyglot Rafaela ;) ..

Me pareció increible toda la información que pusiste.. yo estoy pensando ir a arraial do cabo en las proximas semanas.. Sabes, me gustaria que (si puedes claro) me des algo de info acerca de los hostales allá.... no se bien cual es la media, o la posibilida de camping. Realmente sería lindo pasar unos días allá. Un abrazo!

Posted August 11th, 2012 - 3:10 pm by from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Permalink)
Hola Luis,

Conozco 2 en Arraial, uno es el Hostel Villas Boas- http://www.hostelvillasboas.com.br/ (queda a unas 8 cuadras de Playa Grande), barrio tranquilo. Creo que en temporada baja podes conseguir cama en dorm por 35/40 reales por dia.

El otro nunca he estado, pero se que es nuevo. Se llama Arraial do Cabo Central Hostel - http://www.arraialdocabocentralhostel.com/
En el site dice que en baja temp. las camas en dorm estan 35R$.

El camping creo que no vale la pena. No esta bien preparado y sale caro. Pero si te queres sacar la duda, queda a media cuadra de Praia dos Anjos.

Saludos y espero que te sirva,
Raf

Posted August 13th, 2012 - 8:49 pm from Macae, Brazil
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Posted August 13th, 2012 - 8:56 pm from Macae, Brazil
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Posted May 2nd, 2013 - 11:44 pm by from Fort Lauderdale, United States (Permalink)
Muy Buena informacion!!! Voy para alla muy pronto y seguire tus recomendaciones! Gracias :D