Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

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Joatinga Beach Rio de Janeiro

Joatinga Beach Rio de Janeiro

Marc D. Berger

Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

The beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro are among the most well known in the world. The Ipanema beach is located between Leblon and Arpoador, while the Copacabana beach is located between lifeguard watchtowers 2 (Posto Dois) and 6 (Posto Seis). Even though the beaches are next to each other, it is easy to differentiate them by just taking a look at the Portuguese wave patterns on the sidewalk. One of the best days to visit these beaches is on Sunday because part of the main avenue by the beach walk is closed down for cars but open for bicycle riders, skateboarders, rollerbladers and joggers. Any day is perfect to visit these beaches for sunbathing, people watching and a family day under the sun.

Beautiful Fishing Villages

Visitors to Brazil looking for a more rustic beach experience, should visit the Buzios peninsula on the north coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Located about 105 miles (169 kilometers) from the city of Rio de Janeiro, Buzios offers over 24 beaches. Here you will interact with friendly locals from several fishing villages. Most hotels, restaurants, shops and bars are operated by locals and they strive to maintain the rustic atmosphere that draws thousands of visitors each year. The Buzios coastline was a well kept secret of locals until famous movie starlet Brigitte Bardot started visiting the area in the 1960s. I recommend the following beaches in Buzios: Manguinhos, Ferradura, Geriba and Joao Fernandes.

Beautiful Beaches in Morro de Sao Paulo

Visitors to Brazil should look into including in their plans a visit to the beaches nearby Salvador. You should use local airlines such as Varig, Gol or TAM to find affordable flights to Salvador and then take a connecting flight to Morro de Sao Paulo. The flight between Salvador and Morro de Sao Paulo is about 20 minutes. At Morro de Sao Paulo you will find several beaches off the beaten path. The Morro de Sao Paulo is a large volcanic hill that has several beaches at the bottom, each one with guest houses operated by locals. Most beaches are named by numbers. First beach is recommended for surfing with waves ranging between two to six feet. Second beach is well known for its wild party life and it is the favorite of young travellers. Third Beach is the favorite of snorkelers who want to experience amazing coral formations and colorful fish schools. Fourth beach owes its name to its four kilometer length and it houses the larger hotels and resorts of Morro de Sao Paulo. The other 4 beaches are Encanto, Pontal, Gamboa and Garapua.

By Damian Davila Rojas



The most beautiful beach in Rio you will find is Barra da Tijuca. At least that is the opinion from Maria Barbosa. 

Barra da Tijuca is the best beach, but is far away from Copacabana (about 20 km).  Though, beware that the sea is not "calm" there. So swimming in the Barra beach is a dangerous activity.  Actually unless you go to some paradise beach area near Rio (such as Buzios or Paraty - which you would really enjoy!!) where the sea water is very clean and calm, you should take care with the ocean in Rio.     

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January 17, 2007 change by giorgio

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Joatinga Beach

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Joatinga Beach Rio de Janeiro
Joatinga Beach Rio de Janeiro
photo by: Marc D. Berger

Joatinga is the most hidden and for a lot of cariocas the most beautiful beach of Rio de Janeiro. For sure it is the most safest in Rio and one of the safest of the world. It is located betweeen Sao Conrado and Barra da Tijuca. To enter it you have to enter the Conominum at the Estrada do Joa. There are guards letting you in...
Most rich cariocas live there. It is nice to surf also. The only problem is that the sun goes away quite early.
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Ipanema

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Ipanema Beach
Ipanema Beach
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Ipanema is a beach connected with Copacabana and Leblon. Ipanema is a little bit less built-up than Copacabana and the beach is probably cleaner. Praia do Arpoadar at the Copacabana end of Ipanema is a great place to watch the surfers. There is no artificial light at night. Jo Lehl: A dream at 3 o clock in the night. Sitting at the coconut hut, sipping on a cold beer and see the yellow lights of the favelas. After one night of fear, I loved it. hendrickx :

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Leblon

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Natural Skyline of Rio de Janeiro
Natural Skyline of Rio de Janeiro
photo by: Marc D. Berger

Leblon is one of the most charming beaches and sophisticated places in Rio. Its limit with Ipanema is the canal named Jardim de Alah.
Walk along Av. Ataulfo de Paiva and Rua Dias Ferreira (Baixo Leblon), where you can find nice restaurants, shops and bookstores. At a square named Praca Antero de Quental you can take the Metro (subway) bus. There are also some excellent hotels.
There are beautiful sights, such as Morro Dois Irmaos; Mirante do Leblon (at the end of the beach); Parque do Penhasco Dois more..

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address:Av. Delfim Moreira - Leblon.

Copacabana

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Copacabana Beach
Copacabana Beach
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Famous from the songs, this beach is divided into a number of postos (sections), where the lifeguards are located. Each section is known for a certain type of people, for example, artists, gays, young people etc. The safest area is probably in front of the major hotels. If you come to Rio you cannot give a miss to this celebrated curved beach. The beach is 4km long.

The name Copacabana has a Bolivian origin. Historians trace it to a XVII century image of Our Virgin Lady of Copacabana, brought by the Portuguese from a small village around distant Lake Titicaca. It was installed more..

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Grumari

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i visited rio in 4 times and a loved, but i discovery a beaultiful beach only in the 4 time the best beach in rio is Grumari, you match easy grumari, it be a 5 minutes from barra and is one reserved beach is must beautiful go a grumari and after tell me for thank-me hehehe!

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Barra da Tijuca

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Reserva Marapendi - Barra da Tijuca
Reserva Marapendi - Barra da Tijuca
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Some think Barra da Tijuca is another city, but it's not! It's a quarter of Rio's West Zone.

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address:Av. Sernambetiba - Barra da Tijuca.

Prainha

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The surfer's paradise of Rio de Janeiro. It is located between Grumari Beach and the Pontal/ Macumba of Recreiro dos Bandeirantes District. You can only reach it like Grumari by car - no public transport. On sunny weekends you have nearly no chance of getting a parking lot and beside this entrance for cars to the beaches is restricted and controlled by guards.

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