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Sexy, sassy and larger than life Rio de Janeiro is one of the 26 states of Brazil, though it is, of course dominated by the city of the same name.
Located in the Southeast, it has boundaries with Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and São Paulo and borders the Atlantic ocean, to its East and South. With an area of 43,653 km2, its capital is the city of Rio de Janeiro, which was the capital of the Portuguese colony as of 1763 (the first one being Salvador da Bahia).
The state's most populous cities are Rio de Janeiro, Nova Iguaçu, Niterói, Duque de Caxias, São Gonçalo and São João de Meriti. The main rivers are the Guandu River, the Piraí, the Paraíba do Sul, the Macaé and the Muriaé.
The climate is considered to be tropical.

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Rio de Janeiro seaside and mountain hotels

Choose from our selection of boutique Rio de Janeiro hotels and accommodation by clicking on the map on the right. These will highlight a selection of romantic Rio de Janeiro hotels catering to a wide variety of tastes and budgets, including resorts, bed & breakfasts as well as luxury Rio de Janeiro hotels.

Rio de Janeiro, Búzios, Angra dos Reis and Teresópolis

Along the coast north of Rio there are beaches famous for their clear blue water and fine white sand. The long stretch of coast around Cabo Frio contains the nation’s most spectacular beaches, perfect for swimming, excellent for surfing, and a ideal for sunbathing.
The peninsula of Buzios has more than a dozen fabulous beaches, from the cute and nearly deserted inlet of Ferradurazinha to the popular Tartaruga Beach with its excellent beachfront restaurants and offshore pools for snorkeling. Just an hour or two inland from Rio you will find some of the most lush, tropical mountains in the country.
There, you can practice white-water rafting, mountain climbing, rappelling, and camping. The main area is the Serra dos Orgãos National Park, where you’ll find the spectacular Finger of God.
Many travelers stay in Rio de Janeiro and take day or week-end excursions to the mountains or northern beaches, which are the main attractions of the state.

Travel inspirations, itineraries and best places to stay

Who says good things must be expensive? We have discovered a number of quaint little hotels and bed & breakfasts that are great value for money without missing out on comfort, service and beauty.
Child friendly hotels and self-catering holiday homes great for children and parents alike. Let your kids enjoy nature and local traditions in the company of others with lots of unique things to do …
Take part of the laid back village life, stroll along cobblestone streets, dine in small traditional restaurants and smile at the locals on the main square.