City of Cabo Frio (Rio de Janeiro)

The city of Cabo Frio is included to the region Rio de Janeiro and to the state Cabo Frio

Presentation of the destination

Cabo Frio, Brazil

Cabo Frio is considered to be one of the oldest settlements in Brazil. It started functioning as a port by 1500, when wood was shipped from Brazil to Portugal. Cabo Frio is a paradise for water sports fans. The azure waters are warm and clear and the diving is one of the best in the world. The pristine beaches are scenic. The weather at Cabo Frio is a tropical rainforest climate with no dry season. This beach town developed into a tourist haven only during the 20th century. It has developed hapzardly to accomodate the growing number of visitors each season. It gets crowded during the summer, February and March are the hottest months with temperatures of 23 °C C to 37 °C. December is the wettest month in the year. A beach town, the visitor can relax, enjoy a drink on the beachfront and indulge in the seafood. The currency used is the Brazil Reais.

Points of interests / things to see

Arraial do Cabo

Arraial do Cabo is a scenic fishing village that has azure clear waters with pristine sand. This beach is about 10 km from the center of Cabo Frio. You can see the Gruta Azul, this is an amazing 15 meter tall cave that towers over the clear, warm waters in the sea.  This beach is a perfect location to sit under the sun and relax, the waters are crystal clear that you can see the bottom of the turquoise blue beaches. Enjoy the surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving and kite boarding. The climate is warm throughout the year with the water and the land temperatures being almost equal. During May to September, the waves are 3 feet to 12 feet and at 12 to 25 knots in winter, they offer excellent conditions for windsurfing and skim board. Arraial do Cabo is the scuba diving capital of Brazil. There is a rich and diverse marine life along this area. Though the water is warm on the surface, it could get a little cold below, as there is an Antarctic current that is found below 30 feet. It is recommended to use a 6mm wetsuit to see the turtles, morel eels, dolphins, penguins and whales. Address: Arraial do Cabo. Cabo Frio. 28930000

Forte São Mateus

The picturesque Forte São Mateus was built between 1616 and 1620. It was built by the Portuguese to guard their holdings over this area and protect their lucrative wood business. This was built on the top of a little island just off the eastern end of Praia do Forte, so that they could see the invaders approaching the land. The army had installed a canon and this was fired to warn the people at Rio de Janiero of intruders. Cabo Frio was an important port for Rio de Janiero. Today, visitors can still see the cannons at this fort. Around 1899, this fort was used as a quarantine station for victims of a infectious disease that was affecting people of Cabo Frio. A light house was built in the 1930s, but it was never used. In the mid 20th century, restorations were undertaken and this fort was set to become a tourist attraction.Today, it is a beautiful remainder of a turbulent history from the past. The climb up to the fort is rocky and not easy. A scenic setting for the local folk art on display and for sale. This is a beautiful location to watch the sunset and enjoy the panoramic view of the seas. Time: 10:00 to 17:00 Monday to Sunday.

Praia do Forte

This is one of the popular stretches of beaches in Cabo Frio. The soft sands leads into clear and calm azure waters. Summers are the time and you find that this beach is brimming with activities and people. During the weekends, there are colorful beach umbrellas and lots of tourists seeking shelter from the sun. A haven for the sun worshiper and the water sports enthusiasts too. The waters here are calm and it engages swimming. This is a busy area, so there will be many vendors selling drinks and snacks, it can be disturbing to the tourist looking for some peace and quiet time under the sun. The tourist who relishes local customs can always bargain and buy some local art and souvenirs at the same time work on their tan! As the sun goes down, this beach magically changes. Visitors are treated to an electrifying atmosphere of live music with the young holiday-makers finding renewed energy to dance the night away. There are many stalls selling food local cuisine and snacks. The atmosphere is of a party town and everybody lets their hair down and has fun. Address: Praia do Forte Cabo Frio

Local Cuisine

Cabo Frio is a great holiday destination with clear, azure waters, and panoramic views of the ocean. A perfect place to enjoy the nightlife and cuisine too. The traditional food at Cabo Frio is sea food. The colors, flavors and aromas are tempting and delicious. Try the Casquinha de Siri, this is a traditional dish and the specialty of this region. This scrumptious dish is made with fried crab meat, steamed vegetables, yucca flour and garnished with olive oil and coriander. It is creatively presented in a crab shell with some salad, as a starter. Drinks are served with every meal and at Cabo Frio, they make the best soft drinks from tropical fruits that is available in abundance. Cachaca is a a traditional drink made with the juices of the local fruits and it is used by bar tenders to prepare Caipirinha, this is a delicious cocktail made of lemons, sugar and ice. Restaurantes a quilo are unique places, where the visitors pay according to every kilogram that they eat! They serve rice, meat, beans, pasta and salads. Every visitor will find food that pleases their palate.  Address: Restaurante do Zé, they serve grilled steak- picanha na chapa. Canal 33 Telephone: +55 22 2643 4277

Water Sports

Cabo Frio has a coastline of over 15 km and the bay helps it to launch the kite from anywhere on the long sandy beach. The best kite-surfing is between October to April with winds at 16-20 knots. Scuba diving is a popular sport at Cabo Frio with abundant sights to be seen in the waters. The southerly cold current and the northerly warm current meet in this area and this has encouraged the marine life around here to flourish. Visibility is between 8 and 20 meters and the best time of year to scuba dive is in April. The waters are clear and the warm. Fishing is a popular sport on these waters and many agencies offer boats with equipments. Beautiful picturesque scenes await the visitor with the sun overhead and a serene atmosphere, the waters are brimming with fish during the month of April. The adventurous can go kayaking across the coastline on waters that are calm and clear. Spear hunting is another popular sport at Cabo Frio. Take a break from sunbathing and go snorkeling amongst the coral with colorful tropical fishes and sea turtles. Agencies: Casa da AmendoeiraRua dos Camarões, 119Cabo Frio Leco Kite School Rua das Flores, Cabo Frio

The surfing Museum

Cabo Frio is a surfers paradise. The largest surfing museum on this continent is at Cabo Frio. This is the home of the Brazilian champion Victor Ribas. At this museum, view the impressive collection of over 300 domestic and imported boards. They are of different sizes and contours, some of them are made in the 1940's and 1950's. There is an amazing collection of books, trophies, clothing, documents and t-shirts. Browse through the numerous photographs and videos at this museum. They will all tell the great stories of the history of surfing in Brazil and around the world. Opening: 10:00am Address: Rua Jorge Lóssio , 899, Centro, Cabo Frio. Telephone: (55 22) 2645-3660

Praia do Peró

Praia do Pero is a beautiful beach with a coastline that is 7 km long. It has a kiosk on the beachfront, where you can sample delicious seafood. Highly recommended are the shrimps, lobsters, mussels, squid and a variety of fish, wash it all down with a local beer. Delicious! The beaches of Cabo Frio are pristine and clear and this beach is also a paradise for water lovers. The water is crystal clear with waves and the water temperature is about 22 C. The Praia do Peró is a popular spot for fishing. There is an abundance of anchovies, mullet and whiting. A quiet spot to sunbath near the sand dunes.

Dormitório das Garças

Dormitório das Garças is an ecological park of Herons. It was opened on World Environment Day in 2007. This was the first protected dormitory in Cabo Frio that was created by the municipality as a foundation for preserving the heron and mangroves species. There is a spacious auditorium with a capacity for forty people to seat and watch the arrival and the departure of these magnificent birds. Notice the famous poet Cabofriense Cardoso da Fonseca (1919-2007) monument, that has been created by the sculptor Cristina Ventura. A well landscaped building creating a serene atmosphere for these winged creatures. Address: Wilson Mendes, Cabo Frio. Entry: Free

Canal Boulevard

The Canal Boulevard is located on the banks of the Canal Itajuru. It is a major tourist destination that is between the St. Benedict center and the district. A beautiful spot where during the day, they offer tours of boats, Ferry Terminal and visits to the Carlos Scliar, a cultural experience. After sunset, this turns into a magical area of nightclubs and bars that tourists flock it to have fun. There are many restaurants that serve food from around the world and an impressive wine list. Explore the Canal Boulevard, and enjoy the local sights and entertainment. Address: Rua Itajuru, Centro, Cabo Frio. Brasil.

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UTC -3:00 (America/Sao_Paulo)
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Surrounding towns

  • Armação dos Búzios ~20 km
  • São Pedro da Aldeia ~9 km
  • Arraial do Cabo ~9 km
  • Iguaba Grande ~20 km
  • Tamoios ~18 km
  • Baía Formosa ~9 km
  • Costa ~19 km
  • Arrastão ~20 km

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Getting into Cabo Frio and around the city

Cabo Frio International Airport (CFB) is the airport serving Cabo Frio. It is about 9 km away from down town and it takes about 20 minutes to reach the city. There are many options to get into the city. Taxi: Shuttle sevices: These are cheaper than a taxi, but they take longer to reach your destination. These airport shuttles are outside the arrival terminal. Private car: You can hire private vehicles depending on the number of people in your group. The drivers speak many languages and are aware of the route to all the resorts and hotels. They will drop you to your destination and not at designated spots. Rain Transfers Telephone: 0090 252 417 83 05 You can get a bus into Cabo Frio Viação 1001, the bus company offers buses departing every hour from Rio, Niterói, and São Paulo to Cabo Frio. Telephone: (21) 4004-5001 Telephone: 0800-886-1000 By sea You can always bring you boat into the port of Cabo Frio. Getting around the city Taxis are the best option. Do settle on the rates before getting into one. Buses are not very regular, but they are cheap. Walking is the best way to get to the beach.

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