The peninsula Armação dos Búzios, often referred to as just Búzios, was popularized by legendary movie star Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s, when she escaped here with her Brazilian boyfriend, to hide from paparazzi hounting them in Rio de Janeiro. While she was there, Bardot reportedly fell in love with the town so much, that she stayed for months longer than she planned, and has returned many times since then. 
Now her statue sits along the main street of Búzios,  Rua das Pedras (Street of stones).

The small charming center offers a great variety of restaurants, shopping, entertainment options and active nightlife. 
The west coast beaches offer calm, clear waters while the east coast ones, facing the open sea, are wilder and loved by surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Among the most popular beaches are Ferradura, João Fernandes with several bars and known for its seafood, Armação, and Geribá, popular for surfing. The beach of Manguinhos is known for windsurfing.