180 km from Rio de Janeiro, 40 km from Buzios, but it might as well be 1000 km. the differences are huge: while Buzios is fancy and expensive, prepared to receive visitors (and rip then off), Arraial is a little village that is a long away from exploring all its potential. If you are looking for exciting nightlife and sophisticated restaurants, don´t go anywhere near Arraial. If you seek a nice, relaxing place, not much traffic, not much to do and wonderful beaches, this might be just the place for you.