Where to relax on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro
The 2016 Summer Olympic games are almost upon which makes Rio de Janeiro the place to be this summer. With the latest announcement that Brazil is relaxing its visa laws for the games, allowing visitors from Canada, the United States, and Australia (among others) to visit without a tourist visa, more people are planning on going to this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Rio is one of the most famous cities in the world, renowned for its great beaches, scenery, vibrant shopping, dining and party scene (especially at Carnival). It’s the second largest city in Brazil, behind Sao Paulo. Set on the coast of the South Atlantic Ocean, the beaches in Rio de Janeiro are fabulous, surprisingly clean and well equipped – and even the subjects of a song or two.
Here are the beaches you must-visit on your trip to this slice of paradise:
We have to start with Rio’s most famous beach, Copacabana. Made famous by the Barry Manilow hit (we know, it’s stuck in your head now – sorry about that), this beach is definitely worthy of having its own song. Even if you don’t fancy staying among the crowds that flock to this iconic Rio beach, you should definitely come and visit so you can say you’ve been here! At 2.5 miles (4km) long this sweeping sandy beach looks out to the Atlantic and is lined with hotels, accommodations options, and a bustling promenade against a backdrop of mountains.
Just around the headland from Copacabana is Ipanema. This beach was also worthy of a song, and though lesser known, “The Girl from Ipanema” gave the beach international recognition anyway! This is one of the best places to see some of Brazil’s most beautiful and tanned people and it’s a great place for people watching – watch the various activities being played such as beach volleyball and soccer and if you’ve got the confidence to compete with those around you, make sure you’re strutting your stuff along with the best of them!
Further along the coast and away from the city you can enjoy a different experience at Prainha Beach. The quieter atmosphere is far less obtrusive and it’s easy to forget the city centre is within easy reach. The crescent beach is bounded by parkland and a protected area so there are none of the hotel high-rises of the former two beaches though there are kiosks selling essential items for your day at this beautiful, family friendly Rio beach.
Barra de Tijuca Beach
The longest beach in Rio de Janeiro is Barra de Tijuca, stretching 11 miles (17.6km) along the coast. This is a popular place for the athletically minded and is said to have some of the best surfing in Rio. Head out to this beach if you want to catch some waves or get some lessons from one of the many surf schools.
Still in planning mode? Check out our selection of vacation rentals and accommodation in Rio De Janeiro to make you feel at home during your holidays!