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Rio de Janeiro Top Beaches

By Viator, October 2013

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The beaches of Rio de Janeiro are the stuff of song and legend, and they certainly live up to their billing. An entire state unto itself rather than a single city, Rio sees nearly three million visitors a year and is Brazil’s biggest tourist attraction. This is due in no small part to the 80 miles (128.7 km) of sparkling, sandy shores that border this marvel of South American civilization.  

The muse of Basa Nova hits and aspiring romantics, Ipanema Beach is the more glamorous sister of the equally legendary Copacabana. Divided up into areas of interest (the family section, the gay section, the aging-intellectual section, etc.), Ipanema has something for everyone.

The aforementioned Copacabana Beach is the iconic poster child of tourist brochures the world over. The 2.5 miles (4 km) of sandy expanse may not be the state’s best—its sidewalks can get decidedly seedy and even occasionally dangerous after dark—it is easily its most famous.

Rio’s beaches can also be enjoyed from the water via any number of boat trips and cruises that tour the coastline and explore the many harbors and coastal features. Sumptuous lunch cruises complete with a delectable array of seafood and refreshments can be enjoyed while passing the beaches of Niterói, the only Brazilian city to have been founded by non-Christian, non-assimilated Amerindians. An island lunch can be had as part of an ambitious agenda aboard a cruise around the Angra dos Reis archipelago. Along the way, you’ll take in Guanabara Bay and glimpse the magnificent Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Seafood Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Spend half a day sailing on Guanabara Bay, for the most beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4-6 hours

From USD $64.99

Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Take a day trip from Rio de Janeiro to experience the cosmopolitan style, quaint charm and elegant architecture of Buzios. Walk through the town on a guided ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99

Rio de Janeiro Full Day Tropical Islands Tour and Sepetiba Bay Cruise including Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Cruise over the turquoise waters of Sepetiba Bay on a day trip from Rio de Janeiro! Travel by coach along a stunning coastline to the small town of Itacuruca, ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.99

Sugar Loaf Mountain Canoe Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Experience Rio de Janeiro’s stunning coastline – lined with mountains, rainforests, beaches and islands – on this 4-hour canoe tour in Guanabara Bay! With an ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.99

Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour: Ipanema, Leblon and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon bike ride in Rio de Janeiro, from the world-famous beaches of Ipanema and Leblon to the parks and sports complexes surrounding ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.99

Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour: Flamengo Park, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach

Bicycle your way through Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone – Zona Sul – along easy, paved paths on this 3-hour morning tour with a friendly local guide. Starting in ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.99

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