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Prainha Beach
A sheltered strip of white-sand beach near Pedra Branca, Prainha Beach is surrounded by mountains and only reachable by a single access road. Although the 2,300-foot (701-meter) stretch of sand lies just outside Rio de Janeiro, it feels far away from the bustle of downtown. 
 
The Basics
Prainha Beach is a prime surfing spot and is considered one of Rio's hidden gems, with a secluded bay, forested hills, and restaurants serving fresh seafood. Located in the Barra da Tijuca district, the beach is part of a protected rain forest area and is a lot less crowded than the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Along the shores, locals (Cariocas) surf and play Frescobol, a combination of beach volleyball and table tennis. 
 
Day tours from downtown typically combine stops at Prainha Beach with nearby Grumari (a protected wildlife area), plus the Recreio and Abrico beaches. Private beach tours and photography tours can visit Prainha Beach along with the Casa do Pontal Museum, which houses a collection of Brazilian folk art.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Prainha Beach is a must-see for nature lovers, surfers, and travelers wishing to escape the bustle of downtown Rio. 
  • On the beach, kiosks serve sandwiches, juices, and acai bowls. 
  • The neighboring Abrico Beach is Rio de Janeiro's only nudist beach.
 
How to Get There
Prainha Beach is located about 22 miles (35 kilometers) west of Rio's Ipanema neighborhood. While guided tours are an easy option, parking is available and you can arrive by car via Avenida Estado da Guanabara. A surf bus also travels between the beach and city center every three hours.
 
When to Get There
It's best to arrive earlier in the day to enjoy the sun, as the hill behind the beach starts casting a shadow in the afternoon. Weekdays find Prainha almost deserted, but weekends can get crowded.
 
Staying Near Prainha Beach
There are no hotels at Prainha Beach, but it is an easy day trip from central Rio. The closest hotels are located at the nearby Grumari Beach, which is typically more crowded. 
Address: 2000 Estado da Guanabara Avenue, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Jeep tour 18 beaches, Telegraph Stone hiking & amazing sunset + photographer

Jeep tour 18 beaches, Telegraph Stone hiking & amazing sunset + photographer

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VIP: MAX 6 PEOPLE. "FAR BEYOND INSTAGRAM, UNIQUE", "SIMPLY THE BEST". AVOID QUEUES. Anti-Covid Strategy*. 8 hours well spent for the best tour to Telegraph stone (and many surprises !!!). A super package of experiences and exuberant nature, in a comfortable jeep and a paparazzi to call your own, exploring a 18 beaches region- several inside an environmental preservation area such as SECRETO, PRAINHA, ABRICÓ and GRUMARI ... We'll unveil a new region even for many cariocas (the largest urban forest in the world and a 42 km sandbank). CADASTUR-RJ guide on natural attractions and professional photographer. Available in 2 4X4 Diesel legends, the brazilian Troller T4 and the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, king of Dubai's dunes. Insta saffo_tour. CONTACT US FOR GROUPS OVER 6 PEOPLE 1) 150 minutes for the beach tour with photos (shared at no extra cost); 2) Lunch time over Marambaia's waters (not included but at great prices), or just enjoy the view; 3) 150 minutes for hiking activities with pictures at the lookouts; 4) 30 minutes for an exuberant sunset; 5) 90 minutes to return and several surprises, with an incredible sky in the region of environmental protection. * Anti-Covid Strategy: 1) only very short groups, maximum 6 per day, windows always open; 2) Most of the experience takes place in open areas; 3) everyone must wear masks; alcohol 70% plus soap and water available; 4) Only 1 experiment/day to ensure everything is clean. NOT POSSIBLE UNDER 6Y OLD.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio

Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio

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Explore Rio de Janeiro on this all-day customizable private tour with a guide. Whether you want to see the city’s popular attractions or places off the beaten path, your guide will be able to recommend the best spots, as well as ways to beat the crowds. The itinerary is based on your interests and is completely flexible. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport.
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  • 8 hours
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$70.00
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Rio Fresh Combo: Telegraph Stone + Wild Beaches

Rio Fresh Combo: Telegraph Stone + Wild Beaches

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Venture away from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro and explore the wild region of Barra de Guaratiba. Embark on a hike to Pedra do Telegrafo for beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Rio in the distance before exploring a handful of rugged beaches for a bit of relaxing. This small-group excursion is suitable for most travelers and is limited to eight for a more personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
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Telegraph Stone Hike and Wild Beaches Moderate Trail from Rio de Janeiro

Telegraph Stone Hike and Wild Beaches Moderate Trail from Rio de Janeiro

When you need a respite from the bustling streets of Rio, this private tour offers a haven in nature. Explore the less traveled west side of the city and several natural beaches. Driving along the coastline you’ll pass by Reserva Beach and Marapendi Lagoon en route to Barra de Guaratiba. Here, your personal guide accompanies your private party on a 45-minute hike to Pedra do Telegrafo (Telegraph Rock).
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  • 8 hours
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Private Half-Day Barra da Tijuca, Prainha, and Joátinga Tour

Private Half-Day Barra da Tijuca, Prainha, and Joátinga Tour

Explore the eclectic mix of Rio de Janeiro's stunning beaches and a visit to its newest neighborhood, Barra da Tijuca. With your local guide, visit approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) of beaches unknown to tourists such as Joatinga and Reserva. Travel to various lookout points such as Mirante do Leblon and Área do Joá. Finish your 5-hour exploration with views over Ipanema beach before being returned to your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
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$120.00
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Private Hiking Tour to Telegrafo Stone + Grumari beach - by OIR Aventura

Private Hiking Tour to Telegrafo Stone + Grumari beach - by OIR Aventura

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Part of the city not much visited by tourists, beautiful beaches and take the famous photo on the Stone of the Telegrafo.
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Rio de Janeiro: Half Day Barra da Tijuca & CBF Football Museum

Rio de Janeiro: Half Day Barra da Tijuca & CBF Football Museum

Have a light and relaxing walk along the most beautiful beaches and marvel at the 2016 Olympic Games facilities.
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  • 6 hours
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Grumari and Prainha Beaches - Private Tour

Grumari and Prainha Beaches - Private Tour

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This tour is perfect for the ones who want to see the most beautiful beaches of Rio! When it comes to Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana is the first beach that comes to people's minds. However, Rio de Janeiro has paradisiacal and totally wild beaches, without any urbanization. Prainha and Grumari are the favorite beaches for those seeking a lush nature. Heading to the west zone of the city - where is located the nowadays famous Barra da Tijuca neighborhood - you will get to know the most beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro that are beginning to emerge along the way of Rio de Janeiro's wild beaches. We will visit: - Pick-up at your place (in the south or central zone). - Joatinga beach - Barra Beach - Reserva Beach - Recreio Beach - Macumba Beach - Prainha Beach - Stop for lunch in a seafood restaurant. - Grumari Beach - Drop-off in your place (in the south or central zone).
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  • 6 hours
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Private Hiking Tour to Wild Beaches - by OIR Aventura

Private Hiking Tour to Wild Beaches - by OIR Aventura

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A place seldom frequented by tourists because it is farther away, and you will know five wild beaches where you can only arrive by footpath located inside a state park of the white stone.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Grumari, Prainha & Pontal Beach Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Transfer

Grumari, Prainha & Pontal Beach Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Transfer

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Let us visit hidden treasures in Rio de Janeiro! Located in an environmental protected area, the Grumari Beach and the Prainha Beach are surrounded by hills, rocks and the native rain forest. Away from the central area of Rio, these two beaches are practically deserted areas and the ideal place to relax and have some privacy. Tour guide and roundtrip transfer included.
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  • 6 hours
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South Coast Beaches Private Tour Private Tour

South Coast Beaches Private Tour Private Tour

Rio has one of the most beautiful shores in the country. The south shore is an ideal tour for those who have already seen the highlights in the city and want to taste a bit of Rio's "countryside" and secluded beaches of the south. In the Barra area and the far southwest shore is where you meet sea and forest at its best. A few good seafood restaurants will complete your day.
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  • 6 minutes
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Telegraph Stone & Wild Beaches Hike by Carioca Experience

Telegraph Stone & Wild Beaches Hike by Carioca Experience

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This is a private tour, our guide will go all the way respecting your pace, so you don't have to work hard to keep up with other people or wait for stragglers, avoiding this common situation when hiking mixed-group trails with different rhythms. The telegraph stone impresses anyone. The place has the look that enhances the beauty of this region, a forest with large green areas. The access is trought a 45-minute trail passing by beautiful lookouts on the way. We will reach the the Telegraph stone to take the famous vertiginous photos. on the way back, we will enjoy, swim and relax in one of the beaches, Prainha: Hidden between the mountains, with clear blue sea, it is the perfect destination for lovers of nature. If the waves ate too big, we can go to another beach as Grumari, Recreio, Barra, Guaratiba, there are more than 15km on the coast to choose a good place. It is recommended to take: Swimsuit, Sneakers; Light clothing (and bath); 3lt Water; Repellent; Sunscreen; Snacks, towels.
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  • 7 hours
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Surf Adventure Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Surf Adventure Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Hit the waves near Rio de Janeiro for this 8-hour surfing excursion on the lesser-known beaches of this Brazilian paradise. Whether you’ve surfed a few times or want to get a taste for this fun-loving activity, this beginner-focused session is a great starting point. Skip crowded Rio beaches like Ipanema and Copcabana to expore off-the-beaten-track spots like Barra da Tijuca, Reserva, Recreio and more, testing your skills with the help of an instructor. A 2-hour surfing lesson, all surfing gear, a snack and round-trip hotel transport are also covered.
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  • 8 hours
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Rio's Best Beaches + Boat + Cachaça + Photo Shoot (unlimited digital album)

Rio's Best Beaches + Boat + Cachaça + Photo Shoot (unlimited digital album)

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Discover the ecological beaches of Prainha and Grumari, two hidden jewels of Rio de Janeiro, on this 7-hour photography tour. Located in the western part of the city, it’s an area of permanent protection and untouched nature. Along with a professional photographer guide, visit Prainha, a favorite of Rio's surfers who fought for its preservation, and Grumari, with its long waterfront beach and Atlantic forest. Then enjoy a variety tasting of Maxicana's homemade cachaça. Afterward, receive a high-resolution digital photo album and a printed souvenir photo. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Day Tour Prainha, Grumari and Joatinga

Private Day Tour Prainha, Grumari and Joatinga

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its beaches, and this private tour features the best of them all, including some stunning hidden gems in the Barra de Tijuca. Enjoy some of Rio’s most stunning sea, sand and sun destinations such as Grumari, Prainha, and Reserva.
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  • 9 hours
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$80.41
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Mountain Bike Wild Beaches - Rio de Janeiro

Mountain Bike Wild Beaches - Rio de Janeiro

The Mountain Bike Wild Beaches Tour offers excellent opportunities to take some amazing photos of Rio's West Zone beaches. In some stretches you will follow the same path as the world's most famous cyclists competed during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. After touring the immensity of Barra da Tijuca Beach, Reserva Floresta and Praia do Recreio we will arrive at Prainha, a stop where there is a delicious grilled fish by the sea.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Tour Sitio Burle Marx and Casa do Pontal

Private Tour Sitio Burle Marx and Casa do Pontal

Architecture, art and nature lovers, we also think of you! Join us for a Full day tour of Rio's most beautiful and important botanical paradise, where you can see for yourself the perfect balance between innovative design and the natural spectacle of the tropics in the hands of a genius like Burle Marx. Then, you will meet the shining spot of popular Carioca art in the Casa do Pontal Museum. Here you won't find Mona Lisas, but vibrant art pieces that show the creative side of the everyday artist of our beautiful city. Visit also the Grumari and Prainha beach.
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  • 8 hours
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The Great Rio Nature - Forest - Moutains - Lanscape - Beaches - Up to 4 People

The Great Rio Nature - Forest - Moutains - Lanscape - Beaches - Up to 4 People

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Explore the natural attractions around Rio de Janeiro during this flexible private tour for up to 4 passengers. Travel through the surrounding forests and stop at lookout points for spectacular views over the city. Explore the 25 miles (40 kilometers) of mostly unspoiled coastline to the south, where you'll watch the hang gliders and dig your toes in the sand. Visit both Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains and the sparkling Guanabara Bay. Learn about the culture, history and geography of Rio de Janeiro from your guide as you explore. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 12 hours
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$216.22
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Wild Rio de Janeiro Tour

Wild Rio de Janeiro Tour

We are a French-Brazilian couple, in love with nature and the ocean. We are offering this tour to tourist for one year and they really like it. We are professional and we want you to have the best experience. Always smily, positive, with us you will learn a lot of things and won't have the same pictures as everyone ...;)
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  • 7 hours
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$51.13
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Canoe Outriggers Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Canoe Outriggers Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Contemplating the sunrise is not only pleasing to the eye, but also to the soul. It is a sign of a new beginning and the promise of a new day and new opportunities. Contact with nature directly influences our well-being and has an almost immediate relaxing effect. In addition to being able to provide this to you, our team allows this moment to be enjoyed with those who do you well. The experience is complete: enjoy a fun and unique moment to recharge your batteries while strolling along the most beautiful beaches in Rio de Janeiro. All this with the guarantee that this moment will be eternalized, thanks to the accompaniment of a professional photographer who will record the best moments of your tour.
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  • 2 hours
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Oceanview & Prainha Beach - Moderate Trail - Rio de Janeiro

Oceanview & Prainha Beach - Moderate Trail - Rio de Janeiro

In this trail we will visit sights of an unexplored side of the city of Rio de Janeiro with a light difficulty, we will visit the following beaches: Prainha, Grumari, Abricó, beaches called by locals as the wild beaches due to their natural preserved state. Located in the area of ​​the Pedra Branca State Park - Guaratiba Biological Reserve, The trail starts at the end of Barra de Guaratiba beache, in the whole are 2,5 km inside the vegetation of the Atlantic Forest. The Tour will also reach the famous Telegraph Stone were you will have a beautiful view of all the park.
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  • 6 hours
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$80.09
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Private Helicopter Flight in Rio with optional Transportation

Private Helicopter Flight in Rio with optional Transportation

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The Private Helicopter Flight in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most spectacular and memorable experiences you will have from your visit to Rio and in your life. The opportunity to see the city from the sky is something unique and unforgettable. The helicopter rises and the symphony begins under your eyes. The incredible balance between nature and the city will take your breath away! The Tijuca Forest extends into the heart of the city, covering the mountains with a fresh and vivid green color. Beaches, islands, emblematic buildings, Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the legendary Maracanã Stadium, all of that and much more can be seen from the helicopter. The social contrast is also really interesting to see from the sky. The favorite moment for most of our guests is when you can look into the eyes of the statue, Christ the Redeemer! We have no words to explain this experience. Undoubtedly, a private helicopter flight is the best way to see and understand the city of Rio de Janeiro!
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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$250.00
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Beach Tour Adventure in the West Zone of Rio with Transfer

Beach Tour Adventure in the West Zone of Rio with Transfer

Embark on an adventure to visit the beaches on the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro! The West Zone has some of the most beautiful beaches in Rio located in remote places. We experience peace and tranquility in this remote area far from Downtown. A perfect getaway from the busy urban life. Due to their location, they are mostly untouched by any kind of human development. They are little paradisiacal retreat with white sand and cool waters. Admire the view, feel the fresh breeze, take unforgettable pictures and chat with the friendliest people. From the vehicle, we get to see the Praia da Barra da Tijuca, Praia da Reserva, Praia do Recreio dos Bandeirantes and Praia da Macumba. The tour guide provides information about the beautiful shore as you relax and enjoy the ride of this 2-hour drive. We stop in three different places: Prainha, Praia de Abricó and Praia de Grumari. We take our time swimming, relaxing and taking pictures to register these moments.At the end, we return to the hotel.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$45.00
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