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Best Beaches in Rio de Janeiro City

The most famous and best beaches of Rio de Janeiro attracts locals and tourists looking for places to relax, admire its natural beauty, to practice sports, or just to take a drink or juice near the seaside. They are places of leisure and fun stuff for all ages and tastes.

Wonderful beach between between Cara de Cão Mount and Sugar Loaf Mount, where Rio de Janeiro City was found in 1565All the beaches of Rio de Janeiro are beautiful by nature, usually being surrounded on both ends by rocks and mountains, and having beautiful views of islands and other famous mountains that can be sighted.

The most famous beaches of Rio are the ones that are ever more into focus and also full of events and activities. They are Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach, both famous and well known in Brazil and throughout the wourld for a long time. But there are lots of beautiful and interesting beaches along the city coast and you can see them listed below.

It is in Copacabana District where the majority of the hotels of Rio de Janeiro City are located.

The most famous and best beaches of Rio de Janeiro

In the following items, you can see descriptions of the main beaches of Rio and its most striking features.

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana Beach

One of the most famous beach on earth with breathtaking views of mountains.

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach

The beach is famous for its white sands, light green water and local´s life style..

Arpoador Beach

Arpoador Beach

It is the favourite beach of the surfers in the south zone of the city.

Leme Beach

Leme Beach

It is a continuation of Copacabana beach with large spaces and nice views.

Leblon Beach

Leblon Beach

Leblon beach is an extension of Ipanema Beach but called by a different name.

Praia Vermelha Beach

Praia Vermelha Beach

Vermelha beach is located near the foot of Sugar Loaf mout.

Sao Conrado Beach

São Conrado Beach

São Conrado beach is near the foot of Pedra da Gávea Mount.

Barra da Tijuca Beach

Barra da Tijuca Beach

Longest beach in the city, between Pedra da Gavea mount and Recreio beach.

Recreio Beach

Praia do Recreio Beach

Recreio dos Bandeirante beach and distric still retains an air of small town.

Beaches that are outside the main touristic circuit

Some beaches in town are not well known and not frequented by tourists and travellers for various reasons, such as being away from hotels among others. Below some of these beaches with its descriptions.

Praia de Fora Beach

Vermelha  Beach

It is in a military area. It was the local where Rio was started as a city in 1565.

Praia do Flamengo

Flamengo Beach

This beach is more frequented by locals and is not in the spotlight for tourists.

Botafogo Beach

Botafogo Beach

Botafogo cove and beach are one of the most beautiful postcards of Rio.

Distant Beaches in West Zone

There are numerous other beaches for those who have the readiness to the rewarding adventure of travelling towards the West Zone. The pristine Prainha and Grumari beach are among the most beautiful beaches of Rio, both scenarios with immense natural beauty.

For those who like trails and hiking, there are the Perigoso beach and Meio beach, which is located in The Area of Environmental Conservation of Grumari.

What are the best beaches to surf ?

For those who like to ride on the crest of waves, there are Arpoador and Praia do do Diabo in the south zone, close to Ipanema and Copacabana beach. However, surfers also choose Grumari beach, Pepê beach, Barra da Tijuca beach, Recreio dos Bandeirantes beach and Prainha beach. An interesting fact about Prainha is that the mounts that surrounds it are covered with remains of the original Atlantic Forest.

References:

  • The author of this page has been living in Rio de Janeiro City for about 35 years now
  • Report regarding visited places by the author with its own pictures
  • Many books about the history and iconography of Rio de Janeiro City