Just beautiful, with an exquisite sunset, happy and friendly people, plenty of bars, shops, options for lunch, and full of hostels where you can make new friends with tourists from all over the world. On the streets you'll see people enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle, running and playing sports. You can walk for about 40 minutes to get to the beach of Praia da Joaquina, full of charming vegetation and surf shops. You can try your hand at plenty of water sports. I recommend the Conceio Concept to sleep. It is located next to a supermarket, close to stores, bars, and with wonderful owners ... I can't wait to go back!
This is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city - a super public park built around an artificial lake near the city centre. The Black Lake is surrounded by the region's vegetation, with large pine trees and flowers, including hydrangeas and azaleas. You can walk around the perimeter of the lake in about 40 minutes, or take different types of pedal boats, including the famous swan boats, which delight children and romantic couples. Recommended.
Itajuru Canal connects the Araruama lagoon with the Atlantic Ocean and is about 6km long. You can take a boat ride down it, and see the fish market, fairs, Portinho neighbourhood, and people doing watersports like water skiing, kayaking, etc. The view of the sunset from the canal is beautiful. Boat trips take one hour (R $ 20.00) or two hours (R $ 30.00), and visit the main islands and landmarks of Cape Frio as well as the city.