Rio de Janeiro
Synonymous with the
marvelous city, is well of course, its marvelous beaches.
The first beach
from north to south is Flamengo, which began as a huge land
reclamation project, and begins just below the downtown area and the
Santos Dumont airport.
The Aterro de Flamengo is large area
full of tropical trees, calm waters and a large beach where the
extensive city bike path of Rio begins.
Here you also have the
Gloria Marina (Marina da Gloria), where you have boats
departing for scenic Guanabara Bay and open-ocean tours.
Botofogo is a small
beach with calm waters and the beautiful view of the Sugarloaf Hill/Pao
de Acucar, and Urca Hill/Morro da Urca, where you have
the postcard view of the city.
Around the corner from here you have
the Rio de Janeiro yacht club before you arrive at the small Urca
Beach/Praia de Urca.
The furthest beach east is called
Praia de Fora and is located on the military facility of Urca.
Next, down and around the Sugarloaf Hill is Red Beach/Praia
Vermelha, located below the cable cars which take you to Urca
and then on to Sugarloaf, with its marvelous city views.
Red Beach is a nice
family beach due to its calm green waters, good for swimming and nice sunsets.
Next on the list,
Copacabana is world renowned, with its famous mosaic style sidewalks
along Avenida Atlantica.
One can feel the
history that has taken place on this 8 kilometer stretch of ocean
front. Officially the beach is made up of two neighborhoods,
Copacabana, the larger part up of two sections of the same strip of
sand, and Leme, which lies at the northern end. The two are divided
by the street named Avenida Princesa Isabel.
Kiosks dot the
walkway, where the Rio Bike Path continues after a short detour away
from the coast.
The yellow colored
sand of Copa makes up part of a large land reclamation project,
which widened the space along the beach to accommodate more
movement. Lots of sports being played on Copacabana, including,
beach soccer/futebol, volleyball, and foot volei - that's volleyball with no
Copacabana beach is
crescent-shaped, 200 ft. wide (65 meters) anusually with some strong
waves and current, particularly in the center portion, thus not
recommended for swimming at all. Many famous hotels face the
famous beach, including the legendary Copacabana Palace.
Ipanema, the beach
made famous by Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim's song 'The Girl
from Ipanema', resides south of Copacabana.
The two beaches are
separated by the Fort of Copacabana, an active military facility.
the tip of the extension of the fort is the Devil's Beach/Praia
do Diabo, known for its strong waves, part of which lies on
military property and the other half backs up to the Arpoador Hill,
at the northeast part of Ipanema Beach.
For those that
enjoy working out, you will find a nice area with gymnastic bars and
barbells, located hillside of Devil's Beach.
Arpoador is a great
place to enjoy the view and watch people, with a hillside park area.
There is a another viewing point above the workout place with some
greenery which is another nice view.
Moving towards the
southwest, you pass a few miles of beach before you reach the
section of sand called Leblon, which is the opposite side from
Arpoador, and divided by a canal.
At this point you have the beautifully shaped Morro dos
Dois Irmaos (Two Brothers Hill), one of the postcard images of the
city. You have a panoramic view of Ipanema from the beginning of the
Oscar Niemeyer highway, located soon after the end of Leblon.
There is another
viewing area above with a wonderfully maintained park area.
As you travel
further southwest along the Oscar Niemeyer highway, you arrive at
Vidigal Beach, a small section of sand fronting the Sheraton Hotel.
Shortly after, you have the beaches of Sao Conrado and Pepino/Praia
de Pepino, where you have the landing area for the hang gliders
and Para gliders at the western end of the beach.
west, you have the hidden Joatinga Beach, below the tunnel
and the mansions that look down on Sao Conrado and Barra da Tijuca
Access to Joatinga is controlled by the gated community
fronting the beach, with the entrance along the Joa Highway (Estrada
de Joa'). Barra, as it is commonly referred to as, is the most
extensive stretch of sand in Rio at 10 miles long (15 km). On the
section known as Pepe Beach Praia de Pepe you have one
of the biggest beach party areas in Rio.
The next beach is
called Recreio das Bandeirantes, or Recreio for short,
an environmentally protected area of forests and lakes.
after you arrive at one of Rio's finest beaches, Little Beach/Prainha,
surrounded by beautiful mountains, which make up part of an ecologic
park where one can hike in the Atlantic Forest/Mata Atlantica.
Prainha has excellent water conditions and is also known for its
Now on the fringes of the city, you come to
Grumari, another real gem with its spectacular views. This beach
is semi-deserted and is one of the most beautiful in Rio.
At the furthest
corner of the beach you have the Corner Beach (Praia do Canto), a
fisherman's community, where you enjoy fresh fish at the beachside
Some of the last
beaches within the city limits are Buzios, Meio and
Perigoso accessed by trails beginning in Guaratiba.
This region of Rio
is known for its good seafood restaurants with good value.
So there you have
it, every beach in Rio de Janeiro, all of which are prepared to
serve all tastes of beach lovers. Grab your beach towel and plenty
of sunscreen and pick your tropical beauty!