Cabo Frio

The Brazilian port of Cabo Frio has something for everyone: fabulous beaches, great shopping facilities as well as a whole host of historical monuments and archaeological sites to visit.

Savour the flavour of Cabo Frio’s Brazilian lifestyle on a luxury cruise with MSC Cruises.

Situated on the coast of southern Brazil, the port of Cabo Frio is a recent addition to the cruise destinations offered by MSC Cruises.

Treat yourself to a taste of Brazil aboard one of MSC Cruises’ luxury ships and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. Book a vacation on the MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra or MSC Opera and enjoy a luxury cruise experience to Cabo Frio, a place full of history, great shopping facilities – especially beachwear – and truly iconic beaches. Book now for one of our best deals: the festive season aboard one of our superb ships.

Originally named Santa Helena de Cabo Frio (“Cape Cold”) when it was founded by the Portuguese c. 1615, the port 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 packages 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 finest beaches, of which the seemingly endless Forte Beach, along with its ancient defensive fort, is probably the best known. Before you hit the beach, don’t forget to visit Gamboa Street, the “beachwear nirvana”, and also be sure to try the local speciality, the delicious and much-celebrated shrimp pasta.

Round off your luxury cruise by checking out our excellent excursion packages for the best deals to local places of interest and the most sumptuous beaches.

Cruise to Cabo Frio - Brasil - South America - MSC Cruises

Directions


Ship docks right in the centre of town.

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 BRQCK01 - PANORAMIC SCHOONER TO PAPAGAIO ISLAND Duration: 2.5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Drink included  Best seller  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. Remarks: 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).

Price per person $47.00 Adults $33.00 Children

   


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 BRQCK02 - DISCOVER CABO FRIO & SHOPPING AT BIKINI STREET Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  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. Remarks: 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.

Price per person $47.00 Adults $33.00 Children

   


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 BRQCK03 - VISIT BUZIOS AND RUA DAS PEDRAS Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  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. Remarks: 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.

Price per person $65.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 BRQCK04 - BUZIOS ON YOUR OWN Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  No guide available  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. Remarks: 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.

Price per person $34.00 Adults $24.00 Children

   


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 BRQCK05 - BUZIOS PENINSULA, SCHOONER AND RUA DAS PEDRAS Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  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. Remarks: 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).

Price per person $94.00 Adults $66.00 Children

   


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 BRQCK07 - BEACH DO FORTE & BIKINI STREET Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  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. Remarks: 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). This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Orchestra 31th 2013 and MSC Poesia January 01th 2014.

Price per person $47.00 Adults $33.00 Children

   


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 BRQCK08 - BEACH TRANSFER TO PRAIA DO FORTE Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  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. Remarks: 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).

Price per person $34.00 Adults $24.00 Children

   


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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.