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Five Beautiful Beaches in Rio de Janeiro
Jan 11 , 2011
Looking to spend a day soaking up the sun and catching some waves? Visit any of these five beaches in Rio de Janeiro and you're sure to have a good time.
If you're looking for a beachside city with a tradition of partying long into the night, there are few places better than Rio de Janeiro. The beaches in Rio de Janeiro are located on the Atlantic coastline, and its southern neighborhoods are well regarded as fine beach locales, with great places to lay out and relax. If you didn't feel like doing any planning, you could just hop in a car and head to the ocean, and you'd stand a good chance of picking a nice spot. But if you've come this far, why risk leaving your day at the ocean up to chance? Guide your journey towards any one of these five beautiful beaches in Rio de Janeiro, and you're far more likely to spend a day in the sun and surf that you won't soon forget.
The most famous beach in Rio de Janeiro is probably Copacabana Beach. It fits the mold we all picture in our minds when we think of Brazilian beaches: long, flat, and crescent shaped, making it perfect for swimming and sunbathing. At one end sits the picturesque Sugarloaf Mountain, and its 2.5 miles of white sand are lined with restaurants, shops, and tourist and luxury hotels. Check in advance of your visit to see if there are any musical acts performing during your stay, as the beach often serves as a venue for top Brazilian and international acts.
Another famous beach in Rio de Janeiro is Ipanema Beach. It is popular amongst young adults, making it a good place to find fun water sports. The surf itself can be a rough and the tide is often strong, so this may not be the best place for younger or inexperienced swimmers to spend their day. However, these waters are perfect for the adventurous travelers to engage in a variety of water activities and sports. As the beach has become more popular amongst Rio's in crowd, high end restaurants and hotels have sprung up along its shores. Bring a camera to snap a few photos of the scenery and the beach's beautiful clientele.
Rio is also home to many less famous but equally valuable beaches. Arpoador Beach, the next one down from Copa, is a great beach in Rio de Janeiro for surfing. Even if you don't want to go surfing yourself, come here to watch the sunset and see local and international surfers test their mettle.
Leblon Beach offers a different pace, as it is the most tranquil beach in Rio. It has become a luxury resort town, catching on with affluent tourists. So if you looking for a beach in Rio de Janeiro that's more about the deep relaxation than catching the next giant wave, Leblon is the place for you.
Praia Vermelha Beach
Finally, there's the secluded and often forgotten Praia Vermelha. It is a short cab ride from both Ipanema and Copacabana, and it is less frequented by tourists than the other beaches. Take a walk down the hiking trail here, and you'll encounter families of small and friendly monkeys!
These five beautiful beaches in Rio de Janeiro each offer something a little different, so be sure to choose the one that fit your needs. Regardless of your choice, you'll have a fun, relaxing time on any of Rio de Janeiro's picturesque strands.
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