Accommodations and Food
Arraial do Cabo to the south and Búzios to the north are much more attractive places to stay than Cabo. And since they’re both so close (Arraial is only 6 kilometers/4 miles away), you’re better off staying there and day-tripping to Cabo Frio. Cabo Frio’s forte is seafood, and unsurprisingly, there are many places to indulge in the ocean’s bounty.
Hippocampus (Rua Marechal Floriano 283, tel. 22/2645-5757, 11 a.m.–midnight daily, R$20–30), with tables overlooking the lively Canal Boulevard, is a great place for people-watching while digging into grilled fish and seafood.
On the same street, but slightly more upscale, is the traditional Picolino (Rua Marechal Floriano 319, tel. 22/2643-2436, noon–7 p.m. Sun.–Mon., noon–midnight Tues.–Sat., R$30–40), located in an attractive 100-year-old house and reputed for its tasty fish dishes. As a warm-up, diners receive a platter of squid and mussels bathed in a mustard sauce that is justly famous.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition