5 must-see beaches in Rio de Janeiro

When we think of Rio de Janeiro, we immediately imagine ourselves at beautiful beaches enjoying the sunny day. We did an incredible selection of beautiful beaches for your next trip to Rio.

Prainha (The Little Beach)


With only 150 meters of length, Prainha is a true natural sanctuary, the beach is in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro, in the Recreio dos Bandeirantes region.

It is protected by two hills of the Atlantic forest, with some of the best waves in the city for surfing and an incredibly bluish sea. Use and take advantage of the top of Mirante Restaurant, and get ready for the most incredible selfie of your life. Visit it in person and discover why it is considered one of the best beaches in Rio de Janeiro.

Grumari Beach


In the same area of environmental protection of Prainha, Grumari is a much bigger beach – almost 3 km of extension – but nature preserved as well. It provides spectacular contrast to the super blue and clear sea.

Sea, by the way, adored by the surfers, who are sunk in waves that reach ten feet high.barra

Barra da Tijuca Beach


Largest stretch beach in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Barra da Tijuca has no less than 18 km of fine sand and stream. Six of these kilometres are urbanized, with several services; the rest is more deserted – highlight the region of the Lagoon of Marapendi, a true heaven for rest. The strong waves attract surfers to the beautiful green water.

Ipanema Beach


The Ipanema Beach is one of those that deserves a visit every trip to Rio de Janeiro (as well as Copacabana Beach, of course).
Particular highlight is the Arpoador Rock, where the sunset is worthy of applause from its admirers (as it often happens, incidentally). Reasons enough to be considered one of the best beaches in Rio de Janeiro, right?

Joatinga Beach


It is a super exclusive beach located in the neighbourhood of Joa, between São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca. The beach is quite small, its length is less than 300m and is not accessible on high tide days (between September and the beginning of December), in fact you can go but you will not be able to swim and enjoy the beach. But it is a great location for photos and to appreciate the view when the sea covers almost the entire strip of sand. But believe me, it’s a must-see!

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