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Cabo Frio

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The largest city of Regiao dos Lagos (Lakes Region) in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Cabo Frio, is the perfect place to travel with your family, friends and to do water sports.

Besides stunning landscapes, this destination also offers lots of options for lodging and good infrastructure with bars and restaurants. Those who prefer more luxurious hotels can find great options in Buzios.


Cabo Frio has earned its name for its cold waters that can get to 15ºC or less. Filled with white sand and bright blue sea, the beaches in Cabo Frio invite you to fully enjoy sunny days. The most popular is Forte beach. 7,5 km long, it is the city’s central beach and its boardwalk is packed with benches and kiosks where you can sit down and have some ice cream or a cold drink to watch the sea and the people walking by. Across the street there are also great places to eat delicious snacks, like a serving of aioli shrimp or fried fish. On the left corner of the beach, there is a fortress considered a landmark by the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan), Sao Mateus Fort. At the historical 16th century building, you can get an amazing view of the coastline.

Conchas beach is named after the shell-like shape of its sand strip. It is perfect for children and for those who like fishing and kayaking.

Framed by gigantic dunes of white sand, Dunas beach has a more agitated sea, with good waves for sports like surfing, kitesurfing or sailing.

Nightlife and shopping

The city also has a busy nightlife, especially from December to March. Besides night clubs and bars scattered throughout the city center, there is the popular Boulevard Canal, a boardwalk with plenty of restaurants and bars with live music performances, right across from Itajuru Canal.

If you want to go shopping, you must visit the famous Bikini Street, which gathers over 100 shops with great variety of swimwear for men, women and children.

Take the opportunity to also visit the neighboring towns of Arraial do Cabo (10 km away) and Buzios (25 km away).

Cabo Frio International Airport has regular incoming flights from several regions of Brazil and some from other countries.

Road (bus)
From Rio de Janeiro, you can take a bus to Cabo Frio, around 170 km from there.

Personal or rental vehicles
From Rio de Janeiro you can drive to Cabo Frio through BR-101. There are toll charges on the way.

Personal or rental vehicles
The best way to visit some attractions that aren’t close to the city center is by car. This map may help you.
On foot
If you’re staying close to Cabo Frio’s city center, walking around the area is the best option. This map may help you.
A comfortable way of moving around Cabo Frio is by taxi.

Cabo Frio City Hall
Cabo Frio Portal

Cabo Frio area code is 22


Cabo Frio Tourism Secretariat: +55 (22) 2646-7959 / +55 (22) 2647-6227
Municipal Guard: 153

Be careful with sun exposure. The city is very windy and you may not feel the effects right away.

Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.