Cabo Frio, Brazil Cruise Port
With warm temperatures all year long, cruising to Cabo Frio, Brazil may leave you wondering why its name translates to "Cold Cape." The name apparently comes from lower temperatures than you might expect for the town's sea water, thanks to its submarine stream; however, the accompanying breezes have sculpted the picturesque dunes on Cabo Frio's beaches. The combination of wind and sea water has also made this one of the largest producers of salt. Founded by the Portuguese in November 1615, this Brazilian municipality of Rio de Janeiro is the biggest and most developed town its Região dos Lagos (Lakes Region). Famous for its ideal surfing conditions and excellent fishing, the area isn’t far away from sophisticated nightlife. Those who love fresh seafood will be in for a treat, thanks to the vide variety of dishes available. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Cabo Frio, Brazil:
- Forte São Mateus, located it at the eastern end of Praia do Forte, was built between 1616 and 1620. Its original intention was to protect the area against pirates, who were disrupting the thriving Brazilwood trade.
- Forte Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area, and consistently gets raves from tourists for its beautiful blue water and white sand.
- Forgot your bathing suit? No problem. Gamboa Street, also called Bikini Street (Rua Dos Biquinis), offers more than 200 shops which focus on selling beach wear and accessories for on the cheap. Stock up on bikinis, sarongs, sandals, shorts, hammocks, and whatever else you need for some fun in the sun.
- When you're done with the beach and want a bit of peaceful reflection, visit the Nossa Senhora d'Assunção Church. At the top of a hill overlooking Cabo Frio, the old church was built in 1615 and contains some lovely antique touches inside.