Cabo Frio

Beach excitement on the Costa do Sol
Sand dunes and holiday fun
The fort of São Mateus

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Cabo Frio

The charm of the sea breeze

Home to nine of Brazil’s best beaches. Stop by in Cabo Frio on your South America cruise holiday to Brazil, and pick up a stylish new outfit for the beach.

Situated on the coast of southern Brazil, the port of Cabo Frio is a recent addition to the cruise destinations offered by MSC Cruises. Offering a classic taste of Brazilian life, Cabo Frio is a place full of history, great shopping facilities – especially beachwear – and truly iconic beaches, full of fashionable sun worshippers.

Originally named Santa Helena de Cabo Frio (‘Cape Cold’) by the Portuguese who founded it in 1615, it owes its name to the chilly submarine currents feeding into the coastal waters from the Antarctic. As a tourist destination, the port is certainly one of the best cruise stopovers you’re likely to find.

Next to a wealth of local history and places of archaeological interest, Cabo Frio is also home to nine of Brazil’s best beaches, of which the seemingly endless Forte Beach (named after its ancient defensive fort) is probably the best known. So you’ll want to look your best, and a trip to pick up a little something in the fashionable boutiques on Gamboa Street (known as the ‘beachwear nirvana’), is a must before you hit the beach.

Then later, after you’ve had a thoroughly delicious lounge about in the sun, topping up your tan in your stylish new beachwear, you can head over to one of the colourful beachfront restaurants to try the local speciality, the thoroughly delicious and widely renowned shrimp pasta.

Must see places in Cabo Frio

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  • PRAIA DO FORTE & BIKINI STREET Duration: 5 hours

    CITY TOUR

    QCK07

    Don´t miss this unique combination of beach and shopping. Departing from the pier by bus for approximately 30 minutes of a panoramic drive, you will have approximately 2 and a half hours of free time for swimming and enjoy one of the most beautiful “Lagos region” beaches and before returning to the ship, a stop for approximately 1 hour at the famous bikini street. Please note: The length of the free time at the beach and the shopping stop may vary depending on the traffic conditions. Cabo Frio may present traffic gridlock during summer due to the high number of local tourists. Most of the stores in Bikini Street accept major credit cards. Most of the Kiosks at the beach only accept payments in cash and they may charge a minimum consumption to use chairs and beach umbrellas. This excursion is only available in Portuguese. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).
    • Long route by bus

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      5 h

    • AdultsR779Price per person

    • ChildrenR559Price per person

  • BEACH TRANSFER TO PRAIA DO FORTE Duration: 5 hours

    NATURAL WONDERS

    QCK08

    Departing from the pier by bus for approximately 30 minutes of a panoramic drive, you will have approximately 4 hours of free time for swimming and enjoy one of the most beautiful “Lagos region” beaches. The most important beach in Cabo Frio is quite long, approximately 4.6 miles and still gets very crowded on summer. Considered a cities post card due to its clear waters, dunes of amazing white sand and the Sao Matheus fortress from the 16 century on the left corner of the beach, is totally urbanized and with a lots of bars and Kiosks. The beach is considered by international sailing competitors the largest sailing track in the world. Please note: The length of the free time at the beach may vary depending on the traffic conditions. Cabo Frio may present traffic gridlock during summer due to the high number of local tourists. Most of the Kiosks at the beach only accept payments in cash and they may charge a minimum consumption to use chairs and beach umbrellas. This excursion is only available in Portuguese. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).
    • Long route by bus

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      5 h

    • AdultsR559Price per person

    • ChildrenR399Price per person

  • BUZIOS ON YOUR OWN Duration: 6 hours

    SCENIC ROUTE

    QCK04

    A 45 minutes transfer will take you to the famous city of Búzios, where you will have approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes of free time to visit the city on your own pace. The bus stop will be 3 blocks from the Rua das Pedras. Please note: The transit time from Cabo Frio do Buzios usually is 45 minutes and the free time will be of approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, but it may vary depending on the traffic condition. The drop off point in Buzios is approximately 200m from Rua das Pedras. This is an unguided transfer.
    • Long route by bus

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      6 h

    • AdultsR669Price per person

    • ChildrenR509Price per person

  • DISCOVER CABO FRIO & SHOPPING AT BIKINI STREET Duration:
    4 hours

    SCENIC ROUTE

    QCK02

    In this excursion you will discovery one of the oldest Brazilian cities (discovered in 1503) that was able to keep its historical legacy. Traveling through time to see the Sao Matheus fortress from the 16 century, the historical neighborhood of Passagem and the Surf era since the mid 50’s in the Surf Museum with the largest Latin America collection. The Forte beach and its famous white dunes is a must to see. Cabo Frio is also famous for the Bikini street, literally hundreds of small factories and shops selling bikinis and beach fashion where you will have free time to buy your perfect bikini or to take a souvenir to remember this fantastic city. A tour to see a little bit of all Cabo Frio has to offer and still have time to return for onboard lunch. Please note: The shopping stop will be approximately 60 minutes depending on the traffic conditions. At Bikini street most of the shops accept major credit cards. There will be only photo stops at the museums. This excursion is only available in Portuguese.
    • Long route by bus

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR669Price per person

    • ChildrenR509Price per person

  • VISIT BUZIOS AND RUA DAS PEDRAS Duration: 6 hours

    SCENIC ROUTE

    QCK03

    Take the opportunity to visit the international famous Búzios, in just 45 minutes you will visit the most famous beaches of Buzios, like, João Fernandes, João Fernandinho and a photo stop in the highest view point of Buzios. One of the amazing sites will be the Praia da Lagoinha and the Ferradura beach. You will have approximately 2 hours of free time at the Rua das Pedras with its fancy restaurants offering an international cuisine with charming deco and unique architectures. At Rua das Pedras you will find all the boutiques with trend fashion, world famous brands but you will also find the local hand craft. Enjoy the Bardot walk and take a picture in the fishermen and Bridget Bard statues, a perfect place for a perfect picture of a place that despite the sophistication it is a fishermen village. Please note: The transit time from Cabo Frio do Buzios usually is 45 minutes and the free time will be of approximately 2 hours, but it may vary depending on the traffic conditions. This excursion is only available in Portuguese.
    • Long route by bus

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      6 h

    • AdultsR1195Price per person

    • ChildrenR875Price per person

  • PANORAMIC SCHOONER TO PAPAGAIO ISLAND Duration: 2.5 hours

    SEA & SUN

    QCK01

    This excursion offers the beauty of all the charming homes along the channel Itajuru. Boarding the schooner a the pier to sail along the channel with an amazing view of the channel waters meeting the clear waters of the Forte beach with its famous white sand and having the 16 century Sao Matheus fortress as a back ground. During the way to Papagaio Island you will be amazed by the rock formations and the unique vegetation with cactus and rare plants along the coast. The Papagaio Island is unique due to its different shape and clear and transparent waters for swim. We will return through the Itajuru chanel heading to the pier and you will know for sure that you have visited places where the brave colonizers from the 16 century have amazed themselves with the local beauty. Please note: This excursion is panoramic and will not disembark at the beach. The schooner will drop anchor approximately 200 meters from the beach for sun bathing and guests may swim around the schooner. Life guard is not available on board. The depth at the place where the boat anchors may vary between 2 and 5 meters. We recommend this tour for guests who can swim and good physical condition. Guests who do not wish to enter the water may remain onboard the schooner enjoying the sun. The stop is approximately 30 minutes depending on the sea conditions. The beach destination and itinerary may vary depending on sea conditions and will be up to the boat captain the final beach destination. Water and soft drinks are available on board the schooner. This excursion is only available in Portuguese. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).,,,,,,,,,,,,
    • Long route by bus

    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2 h

    • AdultsR719Price per person

    • ChildrenR509Price per person

  • BUZIOS PENINSULA, SCHOONER AND RUA DAS PEDRAS Duration: 6
    hours

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    QCK05

    This tour is a perfect combination to visit the Búzios peninsula in a schooner and free time at Rua das Pedras. See a little bit of everything that Buzios has to offer and enjoy soft drinks, water and a caipirinha onboard the schooner. Please note: The transit time from Cabo Frio do Buzios usually is 45 minutes and the free time will be of approximately 1 hour and half, but it may vary depending on the traffic conditions due to holidays and weekends. The drop off point in Buzios is approximately 200 meters from the pier to board the schooner. This excursion is only available in Portuguese. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).
    • Long route by bus

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      6 h

    • AdultsR1735Price per person

    • ChildrenR1259Price per person

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

South Brazil

Past Christ the Redeemer
Past Christ the Redeemer

In Brazil’s south-east, the three largest cities – São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte – form a triangle around which the economy pivots.

All are worth visiting, but the must-sees during your cruise to Brazil are Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in the pictures, and the ravishing colonial relic of Paraty which lies between here and booming São Paulo. North of here, the city of Belo Horizonte sits at the heart of Minas Gerais, where the old Portuguese towns of Ouro Preto, Tiradentes and Diamantina drip with colonial history.

The south, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, boasts the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina – one of the great natural wonders of South America. From Curitiba the scenic Serra Verde Express snakes down to the coast, where you can chill out on Ilha do Mel or beach-hop around Florianópolis.

Despite its proximity to the city, São Paulo’s 400km coast has sometimes been overlooked in favour of more glamorous Rio. North-east, towards the border with Rio state, the area is developing rapidly, but still offers great contrasts, ranging from long, wide stretches of sand at the edge of a coastal plain to idyllic-looking coves beneath a mountainous backdrop.