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Top Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

Top Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

The beaches of Rio de Janeiro are the stuff of song and legend—80 miles (129 kilometers) of sparkling, sandy, mountain-backed shores that border this marvel of South American civilization. For the best of Rio’s sun, sea, and sand, these are the beaches you must visit.

Ipanema Beach

Immortalized in bossa nova song, Ipanema Beach (Praia Ipanema) is one of Rio’s two most famous beaches, along with Copacabana. This chic stretch of sand attracts throngs of locals and visitors in equal numbers, with various social groups congregating in different sections of the beach.

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana’s 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) shoreline framed by Sugarloaf Mountain is the stuff of postcards. Arguably the city’s most picturesque beach, Copacabana is almost always buzzing with activity, making it one of the best spots for people watching with a caipirinha in hand or joining a game of beachfutebol (soccer).

Barra da Tijuca Beach

Barra da Tijuca, the longest of Rio’s beaches, spans 11 miles (18 kilometers) and is known for its water sports, attracting surfers, bodyboarders, kitesurfers, and windsurfers with its consistent waves. This sun-soaked beach gets busy on the weekends, but it’s rather quiet on weekdays, especially compared to its more famous counterparts.

Vermelha Beach

Vermelha might just be Rio’s most underrated beach. While small, this stretch of reddish sand in a protected cove at the base of Sugarloaf offers calm, clear waters for swimming and a mile-long hiking trail along the rocky Brazilian coastline. 

Arpoador Beach

Arpoador sits sandwiched between Ipanema and Copacabana, easily recognized by the large rock jutting into the waves. This somewhat quieter beach is popular for catching a sunset over the Atlantic—and is also known as the birthplace of surfing in Brazil.

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Rio From the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch

Rio From the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch

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Sail on Guanabara Bay for half a day, viewing the Rio's picturesque city skyline and Sugarloaf Mountain from the water. On this cruise from Rio, glide through the bay's tranquil waters, passing islands and historic forts. Upgrade your experience to enjoy a local all-you-can-eat barbecue lunch at a restaurant in Rio. Round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels is included.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.99
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Buzios Day Trip with Lunch, City Tour and Cruise from Rio de Janeiro

Buzios Day Trip with Lunch, City Tour and Cruise from Rio de Janeiro

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Explore the charming, cosmopolitan town of Búzios on this full-day trip from Rio de Janeiro. During this 13-hour outing, stroll through the center of Búzios on a guided tour to get oriented, then spend free time discovering the former fishing village's charms on your own. Opt to take a 2-hour cruise offshore which stops at several idyllic spots for swimming and relaxing. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is provided.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.99
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$74.99
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Canoe Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Sugar Loaf Mountain Canoe Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Canoe through Guanabara Bay on this 4-hour eco-adventure from Rio de Janeiro. With an expert adventure guide, explore Rio's coastline, including islands, beaches, rainforests and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Paddle to Fora Beach, where you'll hop out for a swim and some time to relax. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included, and no canoeing experience is necessary.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.00
Price varies by group size
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$102.00
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Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour: Beaches, Lagoon, Botanical Garden and Sunset

Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour: Beaches, Lagoon, Botanical Garden and Sunset

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This Rio de Janeiro sightseeing tour lets you enjoy the city's legendary good weather as you cycle past its key sights. Take a leisurely ride from Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon to the Leblon and Ipanema beaches, plus fashionable neighborhoods, city viewpoints, and favorite local spots. Along the way, stop to snap photos and learn about the attractions from your guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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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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