Travelers say this once pristine beach used to be known for its easy access to eclectic Rio de Janeiro and was a paradise for travelers looking to escape the hustle of the city and relax on calm and quiet beaches. Unfortunately, pollution has made swimming conditions less than ideal and visitors say the sandy strips of coast are now jam-packed with people. Itaipu Beach’s once chill vibe has been erased as this tropical spot has shifted into an overrun destination. Despite this recent change, the shores remain a great stop for travelers looking to experience the beauty of life in beachside Brazil, thanks to a thriving local scene that includes seafood restaurants serving up the fresh daily catch, markets and waves that are still ideal for surfing and paddleboarding.
The beach is located about 30 minutes from Rio by boat.