Rio de Janeiro Beach Guide
Choose the perfect beach for your Rio de Janeiro beach holiday, including famous as well more secluded beaches.
On Rio’s beaches you can buy much anything you want from a skimpy bikini, towels, kangas (sarongs), hats and shades and suntan lotion to peanuts, beer and cookies in adddition to sticks of grilled shrimp, shelled coconuts and even deep-muscle massages.
Copacabana Beach – Known as the world’s most famous beach, Copacabana’s white sand beach runs for almost 5km in front of a lively nightlife district and residential suburb. The non-stop beach parade of scantily dressed beautiful bodies and smiling faces embodies the heart and soul of Rio’s ‘Cariocas’ culture that thrives on sun, beach, dance, drink and sport.
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Ipanema Beach – Join the daily fun-filled carnival on this stunning stretch of white sand made famous in the 1960s song The Girl from Ipanema. The hit was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Viní-cius de Morais about ‘the tall and tan and young and lovely girl’ they saw on Ipanema Beach. Enjoy a caipirinha at the Velloso Bar on Vinícius de Morais Street where the two men watched the unforgettable girl on her daily trip to the beach, then join the golden brown sun-worshippers brushing up their tans.
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Leblon Beach – Shares the beach with Ipanema – the border is the Jardim de Ala (Allah’s Gardens). Leblon is one of the best areas to stay or live in Rio. Schools, movie theaters and theaters, nightclubs, concert halls, and some of Rio’s best restaurants and bars are among its attractions.
São Conrado Beach – With fine scenery, a degree of isolation and a landing strip for the hang gliders who leap from the nearby peaks.
Barra de Tijuca For surfers and said to be the best in Rio, particularly around the Barraca de Pepê (Pepe’s Shack). Beyond Barra lies Grumari, a lovely small beach set in a lush nature reserve.
Angra dos Reis (Kings’ Cove) – Breathe in the fresh sea air at this picturesque beach resort, located on the hilly Costa Verde peninsula about a two-hour drive south of Rio. Here the ocean is fringed with tropical forest, golden sandy beaches and small fishing villages.
Armação de Buzios – Discover more than a dozen sandy coves in this beach haven for Rio socialites, just two hours drive north of Rio on the Cabo Frio peninsula.
Beach etiquette – It’s best not to flaunt watches, jewellery, or cameras: The haunt of rich and poor alike, experienced locals typically come to the beach with only bathers, sunscreen and a wrap, which they can either sit or lie on, except for men who are suppose to sit on the hot sand.
Did you know? Topless bathing on Rio’s beaches is a big no-no – and is actually illegal. Postos (lifeguard stations) along Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are open daily from 8am to 8pm. They offer first aid, changing and toilet facilities for a charge of BR1. Postos, numbered 1 through 11, start at Leme Beach and end in Leblon Beach.