Cabo Frio is a tourist destination located in the state of Rio de Janeiro state. It was founded by the Portuguese on November 13, 1615. The Brazilian coast runs east from Rio de Janeiro to Cabo Frio where it turns sharply north.
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As of 2020, Cabo Frio’s estimated population is 230,378 and its area is 410 km².
The Brazilian coast runs east from Rio de Janeiro to Cabo Frio where it turns sharply north. North of Cabo Frio is Cabo de São Tomé.
It was named after the region where it’s located, a peninsula or Cape (geography) and the water temperature is colder than in nearby cities (frio is Portuguese for “cold”). This city features beaches with white fine sand, since it doesn’t have mica the sand doesn’t get hot and you can walk on it with bare feet without getting burnt.
Cabo Frio has earned its name for its cold waters that can get to 15ºC or less. Filled with white sand and bright blue sea, the beaches in Cabo Frio invite you to fully enjoy sunny days.
The most popular is Forte beach, a stunning stretch of white sand and green waters named after the 17th-century fort at its eastern end . 7,5 km long, it is the city’s central beach and its boardwalk is packed with benches and kiosks where you can sit down and have some ice cream or a cold drink to watch the sea and the people walking by. Across the street there are also great places to eat delicious snacks, like a serving of aioli shrimp or fried fish.
On the left corner of the beach, there is a fortress considered a landmark by the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan), Sao Mateus Fort. At the historical 16th century building, you can get an amazing view of the coastline.
Conchas beach is named after the shell-like shape of its sand strip. It is perfect for children and for those who like fishing and kayaking.
Framed by gigantic dunes of white sand, Dunas beach has a more agitated sea, with good waves for sports like surfing, kitesurfing or sailing.
Sandwiched between sand dunes, lagoons and the sparkling Atlantic, Cabo Frio is the seventh-oldest city in Brazil. These days its historic charms and naturally gorgeous setting have been overshadowed by industry and overdevelopment, but on weekends and summer holidays its bars and beaches continue to draw throngs of happy-go-lucky Brazilians, whose merrymaking spirit is the modern city’s strongest attraction.
Cabo Frio is a popular holiday and weekend destination for Brazilians and travelers because of its pleasant climate and beautiful white sand beaches. The calm waters are also excellent for swimming and sailing. Like many coastal cities in Brazil, Cabo Frio has a fascinating mix of history and natural beauty. There are several 17th century churches and forts, as well as nine beautiful beaches to explore. Cabo Frio is also famous for its shrimp pasta, a local specialty that is served in many of the restaurants.
Some points of interest are Feliciano Sodre Bridge, Nossa Senhora da Guia Chapel, and São Benedito Church. Also worth checking out is Nossa Senhora sa Assunção church and the municipal theater, both located in the Passagem neighborhood. For some interesting religious art, the Nossa Senhora dos Anjos Convent houses the Museum of Traditional Religious Art. Fort São Mateus, 1616, is at the mouth of the Itajuru Canal, which is a charming place with palm trees, restaurants and boats tied to the dock. Also worth visiting is the Morro da Guia Chapel and lookout built in the 18th century, which has an excellent view of the city.
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