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Prainha Beach Tours

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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, Brazil
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Day Tour to Grumari Beach, Prainha Beach and Pontal Beach in Rio de JaneiroNature & Wildlife

Day Tour to Grumari Beach, Prainha Beach and Pontal Beach in Rio de Janeiro

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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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Private Day Tour Prainha, Grumari and JoatingaNature & Wildlife

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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PARADISIAC AND SECRET RIVER BEACHES - Grumari, Prainha and Praia do PontalHalf-day Tours

PARADISIAC AND SECRET RIVER BEACHES - Grumari, Prainha and Praia do Pontal

Far from the city area, these three beaches are a great option for those looking for a quiet time on a less crowded beach. It is a preserved wildlife ecosystem and usually very empty and you can experience some privacy and cold surrounded by native vegetation or you can go surfing because it is a good place to play sports.
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Grumari and Prainha Beaches - Private Tour Day Trips

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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Private Half-Day Barra da Tijuca, Prainha, and Joátinga TourFull-day Tours

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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Jeep Tour 18 Beaches, Telégrafo Stone Trail & Amazing Sunset, professional photosDay Trips

Jeep Tour 18 Beaches, Telégrafo Stone Trail & Amazing Sunset, professional photos

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AVOID QUEUES. 8 hours of immersion for the best and more complete tour to Telégrafo Stone, far beyond just instagram. A super package of experiences and exuberant nature, in a comfortable jeep and a paparazzi to call your own, exploring a region of 18 beaches, some of them inside an environmental park with preserved Atlantic forest, like SECRETO, PRAINHA, ABRICÓ and GRUMARI... We are going to explore a part of Rio de Janeiro that many locals have not yet (the largest urban forest in the world and a 42 km sand bank). Insta saffe_tour 1) 150 minutes for the beach tour with stops for photos*; 2) Stop for lunch in a amazing place over Marambaia waters (not included, good prices); or just enjoy the view; 3) 120 minutes to the telegraph trail with photos in the lookouts; 4) 60 minutes for a lush sunset; 5) 90 minutes to return by a protected area with an amazing sky. * photos and videos included and fully shared without aditional costs; * Important: Contact us if you want something personalized in terms of schedule, days of the week or points of interest. We`ll travel in a enclosed jeep Ford Troller T4, up to 4 passengers. When necessary, I add a second vehicle (Honda Fit) and extend it to a larger group up to 8 people (for the tricky moment I split the group and use the jeep twice).
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Rio de Janeiro: Private Hike & Swim Prainha & Grumari Beaches TourHiking & Camping

Rio de Janeiro: Private Hike & Swim Prainha & Grumari Beaches Tour

This tour will take you to the west part of Rio, a more untouched area where nature still shouts. Driving along the coastline and passing by Reserva Beach and Marapendi Lagoon.  Our first stop is at Chico Mendes Park, a protected area where is possible to see* caimans, capybaras and visit the project where biology students treat animals to release them back to their habitat. After that, we'll head to Prainha, a cute small beach, the surfers preferred spot, where we'll do a 1,5h hike to Caeté  that reveals an amazing view of the coast and the mountains of Rio where, with some imagination, you can see the 'sleeping giant' laying down. From Prainha we'll jump in the car and with a 5 min. drive we'll get to Grumari, another protected beach  area where you'll be able to enjoy all the lush of a tropical beach (approx. 2h of beach time). White  sands, blue waters and the green all around.
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Secluded Beaches Off The Beaten TrackHiking & Camping

Secluded Beaches Off The Beaten Track

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We will be in the most beautiful area of Rio de Janeiro, where it's almost impossible to see without a local person. I am provinding this tour for 2 years, and my guests always get really happy :) I love it and I am sure that you will be impressed by the beauty of the Secret and Prainha beaches. We will be in the most beautiful area of Rio de Janeiro, where it is almost impossible to access without a local person. I am doing this tour for 2 years, and my guests are always very happy :) I love it and I am sure you will be impressed by the beauty of the beach of Secreto and Prainha.
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Telegraph Stone Hike & Wild Beaches - Moderate Trail - Rio de JaneiroDay Trips

Telegraph Stone Hike & Wild Beaches - Moderate Trail - 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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Rio Nature Secrets - The Eco Citytour (small group or private) Nature & Wildlife

Rio Nature Secrets - The Eco Citytour (small group or private)

This tour combines all the main and green nature areas of Rio (Tijuca Forest, Prainha, Grumari, Dois Irmãos Park, Chico Mendes Lagoon) stopping at 7 different attractions in 5 parks. Within 1 day you can visit these parks that are not easily accessible and featured in the classic tours and experience all the different ecosystems in Rio (beach, mountains, tropical rainforest, waterfalls, lagoon, mangrove). 1) Penhasco Dois Irmãos Park - a great view to Leblon and Ipanema 2) Tijuca Forest National Park: 3 attractions Chinese View summit, Taunay Waterfall and Canoas Summit 3) Break for lunch (not included) 4) Chico Mendes Lagoon - a mangrove where is possible to see caimans and capybaras (not guaranteed to see the animals) 5) Prainha Beach Park - a tiny cute beach, surrounded by mountains and rainforest 6) Grumari Beach Park - a protected and secluded beach area, where is possible to take a walk on the beach, or a dip in the ocean. * This tour do NOT visit Christ Redeemer, Sugar Loaf
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Private Hiking Tour to Wild Beaches - by OIR AventuraBus Tours

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

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

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's Best Beaches + Boat + Cachaça + Photo Shoot (unlimited digital album)Private Sightseeing Tours

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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Telegraph Stone & Wild Beaches Hike by Carioca ExperienceHiking & Camping

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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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-OffDay Trips

Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-Off

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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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Trike Tour Rio - Route # 4 (4 Hours) Copacabana + Ipanema + Leblon + Barra + PrainhaHalf-day Tours

Trike Tour Rio - Route # 4 (4 Hours) Copacabana + Ipanema + Leblon + Barra + Prainha

Sensational and most complete Trike Tour Rio! Drive 60 km along the most beautiful beaches. Venture out like the locals. Touristic circuit off. Special for those who want to know the length of Rio and its beautiful beaches. Taste a seafood caipirinha and enjoy surfing on a blue seal beach up close! Dive in, enjoy the beach and take a natural shower. "Be my Guest!"
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Mountain Bike Wild Beaches - Rio de JaneiroBike & Mountain Bike Tours

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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Private Tour Sitio Burle Marx and Casa do PontalFull-day Tours

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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Private Full Day Tour (8 hours) in Rio de Janeiro - Personalized TourBus Tours

Private Full Day Tour (8 hours) in Rio de Janeiro - Personalized Tour

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Enjoy Rio de Janeiro with the expertise of a local guide. Our goal is the private and customized Tour. You will have total flexibility to visit the places you wish on the way that you wish, making your tours agile, comfortable and “with your identity”, with much more freedom. Without being subject to all limitation of a group tour or visiting places of little interest. This tour optimizes your precious time and money. It is a very comprehensive tour where we can show you the most famous attractions and the places off the beaten path. We will book the tickets in advance and you will not waste your time in boring lines. The tours take approximately 7 or 8 hours and are in modern and safe vehicles (cars, vans and buses). Itinerary (This itinerary is just a suggestion, you can do all the changes that you wish) Christ the Redeemer Santa Teresa Selaron Steps Cathedral Lunch at Typical Place Sugar Loaf
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Jeep Tour Telegraph Rock & 18 beaches + photographerDay Trips

Jeep Tour Telegraph Rock & 18 beaches + photographer

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AVOID QUEUES (7 a.m.). We go through 18 incredible beaches * to the Telegraph rock; only tour in Jeep Troller T4 (comfort and safety to face the steep slope that gives access to the trail) and with a full-time photographer to supply your instagram. * We`ll cross an environmental park where there is no public transport that keeps preserved beaches such as Secreto, Prainha, Abricó and Grumari. Insta saffe_tour
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Rio de Janeiro: Half Day Barra da Tijuca & CBF Football MuseumDay Trips

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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Telegraph Stone + Wild Beaches: Rio Fresh ComboDay Trips

Telegraph Stone + Wild Beaches: Rio Fresh Combo

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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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The Great Rio Nature - Forest - Moutains - Lanscape - Beaches - Up to 4 PeoplePrivate Sightseeing Tours

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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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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