A city with beautiful beaches and impressive dunes where the carnival is the main entertainment
Dishes you can't miss
Typical food of Cabo Frio, Brazil
In Cabo Frio you will find a wide variety of colors, flavors, aromas, and tradition. As any other beach destination, it offers a great variety of dishes based on seafood.
One of the regional dishes is "Casquinha de Siri", made with fried crab meat, stewed vegetables, yucca flour, tomato, coriander, and olive oil among others. It is served in the crab shell as a starter. "Restaurantes a quilo" or "comida a quilo" are traditional options to taste regional or Brazilian dishes, which are establishments offering a large buffet that includes beans, rice, meat, vegetables, pasta, and salads, whose main feature is that you pay per every kilo that you eat.
Drinks are very important at mealtime, and in Cabo Frio you can enjoy soft drinks made of tropical fruits. "Cachaça" is a typical drink considered as the most representative from Brazil. It is used in Cabo Frio to prepare "Caipirinha", a cocktail prepared with lemon, sugar, and ice.
Cabo Frio has a wet and hot climate, so we recommend packing the appropriate clothing.
You can wear casual clothing in Cabo Frio, however, you will need formal wear if you visit a restaurant, bar, or luxury store.
For the cool season in Cabo Frio, we recommend bringing a light sweater for fresh evenings.
We recommend bringing an umbrella or rain jacket, specially if you travel between October and January.
The weather in Cabo Frio, Brazil
Cabo Frio has a monsoon climate with rainfall throughout the year and an average precipitation of 64 mm (2.5 in) a month. Humidity levels are high, mainly in December due to the rains. Temperatures vary between 26 and 20 °C (78.8 - 68 °F), with an average annual temperature of 23 °C (73.4 °F).
What to bring by season
Cool season (June to October): these are the coolest months in Cabo Frio, with an average temperature of 18 °C (64.4 °F). This season is also drier with a lower precipitation in August, with an average of 36 mm (1.4 in). June and July are the coldest months with a minimum temperature of 18 °C (64.4 °F). We recommend packing light clothing, a swimsuit, sunscreen, a cap, and sunglasses, as well as a light sweater to wear at night.
Hot season (November to May): this is the hottest and wettest season in Cabo Frio with frequent rainfalls. December is the month with the highest rainfall, with an average precipitation of 102 mm (4 in). February is the hottest month with temperatures between 22 and 29 °C (71.6 - 84.2 °F). We recommend packing light clothing made of cotton, shorts, and a swimsuit. You should also wear sunscreen and sunglasses.
Cabo Frio is the largest city in Região dos Lagos, an area known for its fine sand dunes and beautiful beaches. This city is 155 kilometers (96 mi) north of Rio de Janeiro, in the Buzios Peninsula. This area was discovered by Amerigo Vespucci in 1503 and it was under French control until 1575, the year when the Cabo Frio War started. The city was founded in 1615 as Santa Helena, and then it changed its name to Nossa Senhora da Assunção de Cabo Frio. For many years, agriculture was the main economic activity, and nowadays tourism is the main economic driver.
Cabo Frio has several attractions, especially the beautiful white sand beaches and the turquoise sea. Praia do Forte is the most famous beach in town, where the fortress Forte de São Mateus, built between 1616 and 1620, is located. Nowadays, this is an area where artisans show their works.
There are several beaches in town, such as Praia da Brava, Praia de Peró, and Praia de Conchas. Cabo Frio has emblematic buildings like Casa de la Cultura, formerly known as Charitas, where the public library is set; and Pinacoteca José de Dome and Ponte Feliciano Sodré, a bridge open in 1926 to connect downtown with Da Gamboa neighborhood.
Rua dos Biquínis is a shopping area with over 70 fashion stores, where important fairs take place. As other Brazilian destinations, Cabo Frio has an intense nightlife, and every year thousands of visitors come to the carnival, which is one of the most important in Região dos Lagos.
***The official currency of Brazil is the Real (BRL).