Idyllic beach towns off the beaten path
Brasil is famous for beautiful beaches like Ipanema & Buzios. To experience the real warmth of Brasil, get to a small town & hang with the locals. There are hundreds to choose from but I found my special experience in Rio das Ostras, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. My then-husband's family home was there. It was a tiny town with 28 km of gorgeous golden sand beaches. The vibe is so casual & laid back that anyone will feel welcome. There are casual, open sidewalk cafes along the beach in the centro. Carnival here is a special experience, as festivals are in all small towns.
By Monica Hahn
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Costazul, Rio das Ostras - State of Rio de Janeiro, 28890-000, Brazil