Destination guide

Brazil—a kaleidoscope of unforgettable experiences

From luxurious mountain villas with thermal pools and spectacular views to practical self-catering apartments surrounded by the buzz of the city, Brazil vacation rentals provide the perfect base for exploring this vast and fascinating country. The historic landmarks of Rio de Janeiro, the vibrant culture of São Paulo, the glamour of Copacabana beach, the dramatic scenery of Iguaza Falls, and the unique wildlife of the Amazon rainforest all represent different sides of Brazil’s rich heritage. With the country's sporting passions, colorful traditions, and cosmopolitan cuisine added in, Brazil has all the ingredients for an unforgettable South American getaway.

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Brazil—a showcase for cultural diversity

Brazil’s rich history is showcased in many fascinating museums, while its architecture reflects the country’s Portuguese heritage and diverse cultural influences from as far afield as Africa and Asia. The São Paulo Museum of Art is a striking Modernist landmark that houses one of the most comprehensive collections of European art in Latin America, as well as many paintings by contemporary Brazilian masters. The city is also home to the Museu Paulista museum of Brazilian history, a monumental building surrounded by beautiful formal gardens in the style of the Palace of Versailles.


Put on your dancing shoes in Brazil

Brazil’s famous carnivals give locals and visitors alike the perfect excuse to let their hair down and party in the springtime. The Rio Carnival is one of the biggest and best-known celebrations of its kind in the world, featuring a cavalcade of colorful floats, imaginative costumes, thrilling samba dancing, and pulsating music. Street performances and parades take over the city streets, with a huge selection of free and ticketed events to choose from. The fun isn’t limited to carnival season, however—Rio’s legendary nightlife keeps the party going all year round.


The varied climate of Brazil

Brazil’s vast landmass ensures that there’s no such thing as typical weather, although the climate of the majority of the country is classified as tropical. Desert or ocean, rainforest or savanna, winter or summer—different habitats and seasons create different conditions. These can vary dramatically even within individual regions, so it’s a good idea to check the exact location of Brazil vacation rentals before deciding what to pack for a trip. Rainfall tends to be more frequent in inland regions, while Brazil vacation rentals with a pool come into their own during the sizzling heat of summer on the coast.

Natural features

Brazil’s colorful wildlife

Brazil's vast range of environments, and myriad unique wildlife habitats, will leave nature lovers spoiled for choice. Luckily, Brazil vacation rentals offer the flexibility to move around from region to region in search of pumas, ocelots, rare bush dogs, and armadillos. The Amazon rainforest is world-famous for its unparalleled biodiversity, comprising over 16,000 species of trees that are home to colorful birds, rare amphibians, insects, and fish. The Poço das Antas Biological Reserve in Rio de Janeiro State supports one of the last remaining colonies of golden lion tamarin monkeys in the world.

Can I find a vacation rental around Brazil?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 33,676 vacation rentals near Brazil. From 277 Villas to 14,125 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Brazil for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Brazil?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Brazil. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Rio de Janeiro: 2,563 vacation rentals
  • São Paulo: 1,477 vacation rentals
  • Zona Sul: 1,853 vacation rentals
  • Copacabana: 1,434 vacation rentals
  • Ipanema: 1,062 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Brazil! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Brazil?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Brazil:

  • Rio de Janeiro: 2,563 rentals
  • São Paulo: 1,477 rentals
  • Armação de Búzios: 2,064 rentals
  • Salvador: 724 rentals
  • Florianópolis: 2,490 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Brazil?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Brazil are:

  • Cumbica Airport: 954 vacation rentals
  • Santos (SSZ): 2,978 vacation rentals
  • Petropolis (QPE): 287 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Brazil?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Brazil. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Naga Cable Park: 76 rentals
  • Santuario Basilica do Divino Pai Eterno: 71 rentals
  • Brazilian Navy Park: 91 rentals
  • Parque Terra Magica Florybal: 721 rentals
  • Disneylandia dos Robos Museum: 147 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Brazil listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Brazil

152 vacation rentals
State of São Paulo
11,754 vacation rentals
State of Rio de Janeiro
6,553 vacation rentals
State of Espírito Santo
549 vacation rentals
State of Bahia
2,847 vacation rentals
State of Rio Grande do Norte
452 vacation rentals
State of Alagoas
772 vacation rentals
State of Pernambuco
1,333 vacation rentals
368 vacation rentals
State of Santa Catarina
4,968 vacation rentals
State of Ceará
907 vacation rentals
State of Minas Gerais
653 vacation rentals
State of Paraná
295 vacation rentals
50 vacation rentals
State of Maranhão
32 vacation rentals
State of Goiás
468 vacation rentals
State of Rio Grande do Sul
1,029 vacation rentals
State of Sergipe
176 vacation rentals
State of Piauí
35 vacation rentals
State of Amazonas
23 vacation rentals