Cabo Frio is a popular Brazilian seaside resort which is now being discovered by international vacationers. It is 168 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro, and becomes busy during the weekends. The town itself is quite touristy, but take the off beat track and you can find some gorgeous white sandy beaches, good sand dunes and some great surfing spots. The name Cabo Frio means “Cold Cape” which was given to it because of the low temperature of the sea water found here.
Cabo Frio competes with Porto Seguro for being Brazil’s first city. It was the navigator Americo Vespucio who discovered Cabo Frio in 1513. It was the point where the export of Brazilian wood started (the country got its name from this). Due to its wealth, it was constantly invaded by Dutch and French pirates. Up to the 19th century, the economy was mainly agriculture with the help of slaves but when slavery was abolished, the economy collapsed. It improved later when the fishing and salt were exploited. With better infrastructure, the city threw its doors open to tourism which took off in a major way and today the city may be considered prosperous. It is a wonderful little escape on a holiday weekend!
We had so much fun and a little beach escape weekend was just what we needed!