Updated on May 27, 2014
Armação dos Búzios (pop. 24,560), known simply as Búzios, draws crowds of Brazilian and international tourists every summer.
Búzios is also a top off-summer destination, located as it is on a peninsula on Rio de Janeiro State's Sun Coast (Costa do Sol). The city gets an average 250 days of sunshine a year.
There are hundreds of hotels, pousadas and guest houses in Búzios, and you can find a charming place to stay in a wide price range. Most accommodations can be found in the central area and on four of the city's 20-plus beaches -- Armação, João Fernandes, Ferradura and Geribá.
However, you don't need to be right on the seaside to enjoy the city's wonders; one example of a lovely place to stay off the beach is Casa da Luz Guest House, listed on the selective Hidden Pousadas Brazil.
See a Búzios photo gallery by Linda Garrison, About.com Guide to Cruises.
Accessibility in Búzios
Despite its large number of accommodations, Búzios is far from being a universally accessible destination. An architecture that tries to create the best views from the hilly seaside has yielded wheelchair-unfriendly designs with multi-leveled indoors and steps that meander up the property.
Even units built after Decree 5.296 (2004) which defines a minimum of accessibility for Brazil hotels, have failed to comply with its directives.