Cabo Frio, Brazil

Our ship was anchored off Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) in Cabo Frio, Brazil

Our ship was anchored off Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) in Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

Popular with vacationing cariocas (residents of Rio de Janeiro), surfers, and divers, Cabo Frio, Brazil, may not be as glamorous as neighboring Búzios, but long stretches of sand, lagoons, and traditional Brazilian restaurants make it a worthwhile stop.  Visitors can snorkel or surf at Praia das Dunas or head over to the idyllic Ilha do Japonês, a short trip from the mainland.  Nearby Barrio Passagem features colonial architecture and an old church (circa 1700); and Arraial do Cabo offers stunning beaches and a cobalt-blue lake.  Naerby Forte de São Mateus offers an excellent view of the Praia do Forte beach.

 

High rise apartments line Avda Hilton Massa along the promenade of Praia do Forte (the Fort beach), Cabo Frio, Brazil

High rise apartments line Avda Hilton Massa along the promenade of Praia do Forte (the Fort beach), Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) was crowded with vendors selling food – it reminded us of going to an American baseball park with the food hawkers, Cabo Frio, Brazil

Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) was crowded with vendors selling food – it reminded us of going to an American baseball park with the food hawkers, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

The best looking food offered for sale on Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) were the fresh boiled local shrimps, Cabo Frio, Brazil

The best looking food offered for sale on Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) were the fresh boiled local shrimps, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

One of the old colonial buildings in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

One of the old colonial buildings in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

Like many seaside towns in Brazil, Cabo Frio has a fascinating mix of history as well as natural beauty.  One of the most popular districts is the Barrio Passagem (Passagem neighborhood), where the city of Cabo Frio started to develop after the town of Passagem was officially founded by Portuguese settlers in 1615.  Portuguese architecture is predominant throughout this quaint district, which gives it that “colonial feeling”.  There are several churches and forts from the 17th century.

 

Young students at a local school (escola) in Barrio Passagem waiting for their parents to pick them up after school, Cabo Frio, Brazil

Young students at a local school (escola) in Barrio Passagem waiting for their parents to pick them up after school, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

A series of homes and shops in colonial-era buildings in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

A series of homes and shops in colonial-era buildings in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

The old church (circa 1700) in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

The old church (circa 1700) in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

The entrance to the colonial-era buildings that have been restored and converted into Hotel Solar do Arco in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

The entrance to the colonial-era buildings that have been restored and converted into Hotel Solar do Arco in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

Looking into the colonnaded interior courtyard of Hotel Solar do Arco in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

Looking into the colonnaded interior courtyard of Hotel Solar do Arco in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

A portion of the commercial fishing fleet in the river at Cabo Frio, Brazil

A portion of the commercial fishing fleet in the river at Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

Legal Notices: All photographs copyright © 2018 by Richard C. Edwards. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Permission to link to this blog post is granted for educational and non-commercial purposes only.

 

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