Sugar-sand beaches, round-the-clock nightlife, innovative restaurants, and a lively string of shops have made the fishing village of Búzios the Hamptons of Brazil. Here, where to find the action on Orla Bardot, the town's happening seaside strip. • For the freshest seafood around, head to Bar do Zé (No. 382; 55-22/2623-4986; dinner for two $44), serving tropicalia on a plate—sea bass in passion-fruit sauce—chased down with a caipirinha. • The culinary traditions of Brazil and Thailand merge at Sawasdee (No. 422; 55-22/9212-4066; dinner for two $40). • At Tenda (No. 534; 55-22/2623-7062), Brazil's unofficial Urban Outfitters, there's a little of everything: artisanal soaps and candles, string bikinis, and floral-print handbags. • There's no better spot to grab a beer and watch the sun go down than at Bato (No. 554; 55-22/2623-0880), a boat-shaped outdoor bar. • Call it a night at the nearby Pousada Casas Brancas (10 Morro do Humaita; 55-22/2623-1458;; doubles from $115), a low-key oceanfront inn.
—Kevin Raub


Bar do Zé

Pousada Casas Brancas