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Monday, September 15, 2014


The famous Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Arpoador beaches are within walking distance from hotels, bars, restaurants, night clubs. However, most of the action concentrates in Ipanema beach. In fact, the beaches are very much part of the Rio gay scene.


If it's beach fashion you're going for, it's here in Ipanema. It is right in the middle of the action - there's a particular stretch which is to be found at the end of Rua Farme de Amoedo - the place to be at, if you wish to be seen and cruised!. Summer time, from December to end of February, the crowd on the beach is quite spectacular; Cariocas take pride in looking after their bodies but then you would if you spent half of your life as if you a model on catwalk.
while on the beach you can get refreshing tropical fruit juices, energetic drinks, beer, you name it. It's all delivered to you by numerous beach vendors; while you're at it, you can also rent beach chairs and parasols from the ever so friendly guys who work on the beach. Lots of locals try to make a living selling stuff on the beach, but don't worry, they're not pushy at all.


There's always something going on in Copa, day and night. The wide sidewalks and bars are always buzzing with people from just about everywhere. The cruisy bit is located right across from the Copacabana Palace (not shown in the picture). Watch out for the rent boys though, unless of course, you don´t mind coughing up for a bit of trade. Not everyone is after business though; somebody might just fancy you!
Ave. Atlantica, both ways, is closed to traffic on Sundays, which is great as you have all the space for cycling, roller-blading, jogging and so on.
Copacabana also is center to the largest fireworks displays on NY's eve and its sandy beach is often used as stage for gigs, sport events and, even for sunbathing!


Leblon's beach goers are mostly from the neighbourhood itself. Surfers prefer Grumari along Morro Dois Irmãos.

Barra da Tijuca

It's the longest beach in the city, with 18 km in length. The sea is a bit rough and dangerous in some spots. The waves are good enough for water sports such as wind surfing and body board. The kiosks along the sea front offer a good choice of snacks and cold drinks. 

Praia de Botafogo

The Botafogo bay is not suitable for swimming, but as the sea is calm there; the waves are not good enough for surfing, it's a good choice for those who like windsurfing.


The beach stretches all the way along Parque do Flamengo(Flamengo Park); it's not good for swimming. However, it's a good spot to practice outdoors sports, with a view to the Guanabara bay.


The surfers paradise, this beach has been made an environmental protected area. Grumari is a constant set for soap operas and movies - both national and international. More importantly, there a nude beach... [ more ]


This is a short and picturesque stretch of sand located by Morro do Joa. Good for swimming and surfing.

Praia Vermelha

It's excellent for a stroll at sunset with a beautiful view of the Sugar Loaf. Not good for swimming as it's polluted.

Bear in mind that, there is a lot more to Rio than just these beaches listed. Buzios, for instance, is a stunning beach town about one hour fitty from Rio.

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