The biggest and most developed town in the Região dos Lagos (Lakes Region) of Rio. It’s located 150 Km from Rio and 25 km from Búzios, with a population of approximately 150.
Cabo Frio means "Cold Cape"; this name comes from the low temperature of the sea water. This happens because there is a submarine stream coming from South Pole which emerges near the coast of Cabo Frio. There is a constant wind blowing from northeast, which has sculpted fine white sand into dunes.
The combination of salty water and wind has made Cabo Frio to be the major producer of salt in the past (this activity declined much recently).
The most famous and crowded beach in Cabo Frio is Forte beach, where the fortress of São Mateus was built in 1620; the fortress affords a panoramic view of the town. Frequent music shows spring up on the esplanade. In summer, it´s difficult to find a spot to sunbathe, but it is a fine beach for sailor and surfers.
By walking along the Forte beach, one soon reaches the dunes. Be careful not to go to the more distant dunes alone, as robberies have been reported.
Keep on walking to get to Praia do Foguete (Rocket beach), with many summer houses. Powerful breakers make Foguete ideal for surfing and fishing.
Next beach is Brava (Wild), with strong waves, popular with surfers. From there, keep going to go to Peró beach, with spectacular dunes and many kiosks selling drinks and snacks.
Besides its natural beauty, the city offers several options of restaurants, shops, entertainment, and na airport with direct flights from Rio and Buenos Aires.