Hostels in Arraial do Cabo, Brazil

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This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Arraial do Cabo. To help you make friends with Arraial do Cabo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Arraial do Cabo is a beach town on the east coast of Brazil, 45km east of Saquarema, near Rio de Janeiro. It lies at the far end of a peninsula, along a dangerous stretch of coastline, and has a plethora of shipwrecks from the 16th century onwards. For this reason, it’s known as the diving capital of Brazil. The nutrient rich waters also attract various turtles and underwater life; there is also a large reef to snorkel or scuba dive. The main airport in town is the Aeroporto Internacional de Cabo Frio. From there, catch a local bus to the downtown bus station. If you have a car, you can drive two hours to Arraial do Cabo from Rio de Janeiro.

The town is not as touristy as some of the others nearby, but there are plenty of hostels for backpackers and budget travellers. Look for the words “albergues da juventude,” in Portuguese. Most hostels are found in the Praia Grande, and Vila Canaa neighbourhoods just south of the downtown area. If you prefer a beach hostel, look near Praia Grande, Praia dos Anjos, or Praia Forno. Since Arraial do Cabo is a diving and surfing destination, a lot of hostels also offer surfboards or diving lessons at a discounted rate.

The Ilha do Cabo Frio Biological Reserve lies on a small island just off the southeastern coast. To get to the island, you first must have a permit; check the local visitors centre for information. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Arraial do Cabo is a boat trip around the cape. Humpback whale migration routes pass right offshore; the best time to see these enormous cetaceans is in the summer. Arraial do Cabo is not as bustling as nearby Buzios, but the town offers plenty to do at night, especially in the Praia Grande neighbourhood.

Written by local enthusiast for Arraial do Cabo hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Arraial do Cabo hostels Jakob Lombardi

FAQ about Arraial do Cabo Hostels

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A hostel in Arraial do Cabo costs on average $13 for a dorm. A hostel in Arraial do Cabo with private rooms costs on average $33. shows all 18 Hostels in Arraial do Cabo. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 18 hostels in Arraial do Cabo, Brazil. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Arraial do Cabo such as
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La Casa Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Arraial do Cabo.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Arraial do Cabo

Your Packing List for Arraial do Cabo

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Arraial do Cabo Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Arraial do Cabo, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
18 Total number of hostels
$13 Average dorm price
$33 Average private room price
$10 Cheapest hostel in Arraial do Cabo
Chamos Hostel is the cheapest
10 Party hostels in Arraial do Cabo
La Casa Hostel is the best rated
Most Arraial do Cabo hostels are located in
Praia dos Anjos, Canaã
6.5 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Cabo Frio (9 Km / 5 mi.)
Búzios (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Saquarema (50 Km / 31 mi.)
Sana (73 Km / 45 mi.)
Nova Friburgo (92 Km / 57 mi.)
Trindade (106 Km / 66 mi.)
Niterói (111 Km / 69 mi.)

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