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Arraial do Cabo: Best Sights | Digital Nomad’s Guide

Discover the beaches, beauties and sights of Arraial do Cabo, in Rio de Janeiro!

Arraial do Cabo is one of the cities with the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, often known as the Brazilian Caribbean or the paradise of the Atlantic. The preserved vegetation, the absurdly clear sea and rich in marine life and the tranquility are must-see attractions in Arraial do Cabo.

Only 140 kilometers away from Rio de Janeiro, Arraial do Cabo is part of the Lagos Region, having as neighbors Búzios and Cabo Frio, two other beautiful cities. Despite being simpler, Arraial do Cabo is unbeatable in terms of natural beauty, as you will see in this post!

Also check out the post with tips for regions to stay in Arraial do Cabo and suggestions for good inns for different budgets.

Sights of Arraial do Cabo

The great highlight of Arraial do Cabo is the beauty of the sea. At Arraial do Cabo beaches they have the unbelievable color of the sea, very clear. The sand on the beaches is very white, almost always protected by the restinga and preserved forest.

The underwater world is another differential of Arraial do Cabo. The icy water doesn’t scare away visitors, who look for tourism agencies to take boat trips with diving. Diving is a must-do activity in Arraial do Cabo.

Arraial do Cabo: the paradise of the Atlantic!

The city’s sea is very rich in marine life, precisely because it is a preserved sea. The rock walls are usually very rich in corals, different colored fish and, often, dolphins can be seen.

The boat trips, in addition to providing diving and snorkeling experiences, take you to natural attractions on the coasts, such as the Blue Grotto. This cave is all bluish due to the reflection of the very blue sea on its walls.

Arraial do Cabo beaches

The most visited and exuberant tourist spots in Arraial de Cabo are the beaches, in addition to the diving spots (more than 200).

There are beaches further away, on islands, more central, for surfers and families in Arraial do Cabo, that is, the city’s beaches appeal to different audiences. Check out more details below!

Farol Beach

Arraial do Cabo: the paradise of the Atlantic!

Praia do Farol is located in Cabo Frio Island and has a very blue sea with perfect white sand. Praia do Farol is only accessible by boat. Tourist agencies offer tours to this beach, as authorization from the Navy is required to disembark.

Praia do Farol is one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. There you will feel in paradise! In high season, book the boat in advance, as there is a limit of people. The best thing is to visit the whole region outside the summer and on weekdays, to escape the crowds!

Pontal do Atalaia beach

Arraial do Cabo: the paradise of the Atlantic!

Facing a staircase with more than 200 steps, you will be rewarded with a preserved beach, with white dunes and the super clear sea. THE Praia do Pontal do Atalaia is a gem of so beautiful and one of the favorites by visitors!

The sea near the coast is full of marine life, ideal for diving and snorkeling. At low tide, Praia do Pontal do Atalaia seems to split in two, which is why locals refer to it as “little beaches”.

For those who like incredible views, it is worth visiting Pontal do Atalaia, a mountain between Praia Grande and Praia dos Anjos. The beautiful view of the sunset is breathtaking at Mirante do Pontal!

Forno Beach

Arraial do Cabo: the paradise of the Atlantic!

Praia do Forno is one of the most famous beaches in Arraial do Cabo. Located in a preserved region, accessible by trail or by boat, Praia do Forno is very rich in marine life, ideal for the practice of diving and snorkeling. Two unmissable activities for anyone visiting the region!

Praia Brava

Arraial do Cabo: the paradise of the Atlantic!

Praia Brava lives up to its name and, indeed, owns the strong sea, so it is more suitable for surfers. To get to Praia Brava it is necessary to take a medium difficulty trail.

The ideal is to visit Praia Brava at low tide, because at high tide the sea is very strong. The beautiful view compensates for the trail and the strong sea!

Big beach

Arraial do Cabo: the paradise of the Atlantic!

Praia Grande is actually quite big. As it is an open sea beach, Praia Grande has good waves, which made it a point for surfing in the region.

Be sure to enjoy the kiosks, the fine sand dunes and the beautiful sunset in Praia Grande!

Praia dos Anjos

Arraial do Cabo: the paradise of the Atlantic!

It was at Praia dos Anjos that Américo Vespucci disembarked in 1503. Currently, Praia dos Anjos is visited only to catch the boats for tours.

Despite being less attractive than the other beaches in Arraial do Cabo, Praia dos Anjos is not an ugly beach.

little beach

Arraial do Cabo: the paradise of the Atlantic!

Prainha is easily accessible from the center of Arraial do Cabo, so crowded on weekends and in high season.

With structure, Prainha is ideal for those seeking comfort and not bothered by the hustle, but it is not the best beach in town.

Other Tourist Points in Arraial do Cabo

In addition to the beauties of nature, there are historic attractions in the citywhich was visited by Américo Vespucci in 1503. That same year the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Church was built, where the first covered mass in Brazil was held.

For those interested in other matters of the sea, such as the way of studying the seas, it is worth visiting the Oceanographic Museum, especially on rainy days.

Also check out the video about the beauties of the city and fall in love with Arraial do Cabo even more!

Where to stay in Arraial do Cabo?

The beauties of nature in Arraial do Cabo combine with the peaceful climate of the region. The accommodations are totally in tune with this climate, being comfortable accommodations, but without luxury.

We recommend that you read the post “Where to stay in Arraial do Cabo: Best Pousadas”, which has the best tips for staying in the city.

We hope the travel tips have helped you in planning your trip!

Have a nice trip, Traveler!

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