Brasil: Day 2 (Part 1)

August 22, 2010

Lucas and I decided to sleep with the door to our terrace open, so that while we slept we could hear the sound of the ocean.  It was one of the most peaceful sleeps in my life to date!  The beds in the suites at Casas Brancas are built on platforms, which allows guests to have a view of Buzios Bay.  In fact, the following pictures were taken from bed:

The breakfast that is offered at the pousada is included in the room cost and is a buffet of Brasilian delights ranging from tropical fruit to exotic cheeses to local cakes.  My favorite, of course, was the french-press coffee that each couple received with the meal.

As previously mentioned, Buzios has over twenty beaches and no matter who you talk to each person is very opinionated on which beach is the best.  Lucas and I wanted to form our own opinion, thus we decided to spend the next four days seeing as many beaches as we could.  That would prove to be the biggest challenge of the trip; deciding which ones to visit!  The first beach we chose was Praia Brava.  Casas Brancas reserved us a sunbed at the ultra-trendy Rocka Beach Lounge and Restaurant.  It took us about five minutes to get to Praia Brava by taxi.  And as always the case with Brasil, I was definitely impressed with my surroundings!

It was easy to understand why Rocka is such a popular place — with a picturesque view of the ocean, against a soundtrack of bossa nova coming from the bar, and the smell of fresh seafood cooking — it was the perfect setting to spend the day, even a week.

Normally, since I am a sun worshipper, my first task at hand is to find the perfect spot to take in the sun, but I was in the mood for some exploration.

After our walk, it was time for our first round of caipirinhas of the day.

And then of course some sun bathing!

Several hours and one delicious meal later, we went for yet another walk, this time to the deserted part of the beach where we had even more fun with my camera.

I loved how Praia Brava, despite being one of the more developed beaches, still had parts that were unspoiled.

Once the sun began to set, we decided to return to Casas Brancas.  We had wanted to see at least one other beach, however we loved where we were so much that we ended up spending the entire day there.

As if the day were not special enough, we had an incredible surprise awaiting us. . .

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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31 thoughts on “Brasil: Day 2 (Part 1)

  1. kay* (from india.with love)

    normally i’m not much of a beach bum but these pics could definitely convince me to become one!

    the silk sari is really nice – do you remember about how much something like that costs in India? I’m wondering what the prices will be like for when I go…

  2. Camels & Chocolate

    Love how you’re posing in all these picks like you OWN THE PLACE. Hey, maybe that should be the next thing on your bucket list? You find a way to claim this beach; I find a way to claim the spit of sand attached to Mataking Island. Deal?

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  4. Amanda

    Damn, Andi, you’re really really making me want to plan a getaway to Brazil! Everything looks so gorgeous, and you look like you had a fantastic time!

  5. DTravelsRound

    Oooooh!! How lush! I love that the beds are raised so you can take photos. Great pics, you really captured the beauty of the beach. I hope I can make it there one day.

  6. Emily

    What incredibly beautiful photos!!!! I’m green with envy. That’s so wonderful that you were able to sleep with the doors open to hear the sound of the ocean–so peaceful. Especially with that great view. Looks like you’re having a blast!

  7. Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels

    Lovely, Lovely pictures! oh man, now I really want to go there too.

    Andi, you are totally revolutionizing my travel wish list, I have a separate sheet on my desk where I’m taking notes and making a new list after reading your posts 🙂

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  9. Charity Poole

    Andi, I LOVE these Brasil photos. I lived in Niteroi (near Rio) for six months and never made it to Buzios, despite it being so incredibly close. I am so sad I didn’t go, it looks amazing! I giggled about your Brazilian Bikini comment…my friends made fun of my “huge” American bathing suit until I finally got a Brazilian one. My cheeks had never seen so much light of day! 😉


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