Entry

Visitors from western European countries do not need a visa. On entry, you receive a temporary visitors’ permit with a duration of 90 days. Attention: the validity of your passport should be more than six months.

Money

Cash withdrawals are possible at all banks using your credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and also EC-card). However, currency exchange is only possible in Rio de Janeiro as well as cashing of travellers’ cheques – though this is not recommended on account of high commission charges. At the hotel we accept cash payments in Euros and brazilian Real.

Health

Unless you are planning a trip to the interior of Brazil or to the Amazon region, you do not need special vaccinations or malaria prophylaxis. If you have questions regarding health protection, please contact us, we will be happy to inform you. You can also consult specialist advice at an institute for tropical medicine or find relevant information easily through the internet.

Climate

The climate in our ‘Costa de Sol’ region (the costal region of the Brazilian state Rio de Janeiro) allows travel all year round and is characterised by a high number of days of sunshine per year.

We are located in a moderate tropical zone of the South American continent (near the tropic of Capricorn) where seasons are opposite to Europe but less pronounced.
During the European winter we have summer temperatures between 86°F and 104°F (30°C to 40°C).
In March and April temperatures start to fall and during the “Brazilian winter” (June to August) range between 68°F and 86ºF (20° to 30°C).
In the evening and during the night, it is usually cool.

We do not have the extensive rainy season typical for equatorial zones and during times with higher temperatures (November to February) proximity to the sea brings cooling winds.

Safety

In the small towns and seaside resorts near us, safety conditions are similar to Europe and travellers can move around freely and without worries. High levels of criminality in Brazilian cities, which have made headlines in the foreign press, are concentrated in the shanty-towns (Favelas) where the average tourist does not go.

Transport

The main means of transport in Brazil is the bus with a public network matching European standards. Taking a taxi is easy and cheap. Rental cars can be hired in Rio de Janeiro or in Cabo Frio. Daily rates vary between 45 and 70 € (year 2006). You need your passport and a valid driving licence.