We heard that you just had to visit Joao Fernandes, so on our final day in Buzios (since we made a point to visit every beach) we jumped in the rental car and made our way to the end of the peninsula. Granted, we were there at low season, but as you can see, the beach was pretty full. Still, there was plenty of room to sit out and enjoy the view of this wonderful cove in Brazil. And the set up is fantastic. Parking was no problem. Food was readily available and vendors were plentiful. The beach was clean and the sun was inviting.
The large concentration of hotels and pousadas are here because of the spectacular Praia de Joao Fernandes, or Joao Fernandes Beach in Buzios. It’s known throughout Brazil and Argentina as the beach with waters so calm, they’re often pool-like. Which make them a great favorite among tourists.
Coupled with the fact that the surrounding terrain is out of an adventure magazine, you have the Praia de Joao Fernandes.
Who is Joao Fernandes, and why was this beach named after him? Good question! According to online reports, Joao Fernandes one of the many Portuguese merchant/explorers who often sailed in to Buzios. The story goes it was on this beach that Fernandes defended himself against Indians and occasional pirates. Note, there are other, earlier Joao Fernandes that had nothing to do with Buzios.
In any case, this is a recommended beach for Buzios. It’s easy to access and does get quite busy early on, so make sure you come early to enjoy. A sunbather’s paradise, Praia de Joao Fernandes also is a prime fishing spot for Atlantic anchovies. It’s not uncommon to see fishermen on the surrounding rocks bringing in a beauty.
Joao Fernandes Beach has full facilities and even a few, close-by restaurants. You could very well spend the entire day here. Some tourists spend their entire vacation here.
It’s that good.
Praia de Joao Fernandes – BEACH INDEX:
- Sand – coarse to medium grain. See our example.
- Facilities – the best on the peninsula.
- Shade – umbrellas abound.
- Sports – mainly swimming, boogie boarding and surfing. Sports fishing,
- Notes – gets very crowded near Christmas, New Years and Carnival.