Cabo Frio is a popular beach destination which draws a lot of beachgoers and surfers from around the state, as well as the neighboring landlocked state of Minas Gerais. It was founded in the 16th Century, after the Portuguese chased the French away from the area, and remained small for most of its history. In recent years, with the income from the growing tourism industry and the influx of retired folks from Rio de Janeiro, it has grown to a city of over 185,000, with a wide range of amenities for the traveller.
Cabo Frio and Arraial do Cabo are great locations for scuba diving. The southerly cold and northerly warm current meet and marine life is abundant. Visibility is between 8 and 20 meters. Best time of year is in April.
Diving in Cabo Frio
Over Sea Dive Center, Rua José Augusto Saraiva, nº 2 Ilha da Draga, ☎ (22) 2647-5375, . Dive center with good equipment and bilingual instructor (Santiago). Offers a one day tour for certified divers including two immersions and some snacks. R$150edit