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Top Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

By Viator, July 2018

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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 beach futebol (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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Angra dos Reis Day Trip and Schooner Cruise, Rio de Janeiro, null
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Angra dos Reis Day Trip and Schooner Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

Head out of Rio for the day, where a schooner awaits to take you on a cruise of the turquoise blue waters and islands of Angra dos Reis. With roundtrip hotel ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.00
Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch, Rio de Janeiro, Day Cruises
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Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 70 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 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Day Cruises
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Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 31 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 $86.00
Angra do Reis Full-Day Private Boat Charter from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Day Trips
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Angra do Reis Full-Day Private Boat Charter from Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a private tour to the islands of Angra do Reis to enjoy the blue waters and the colors of the Atlantic rainforest. Ride a boat to the islands where you ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Full day in Ilha Grande -tropical paradise- Fast-Boat Tour in a Small-Group, Rio de Janeiro, Day ... 
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Full day in Ilha Grande -tropical paradise- Fast-Boat Tour in a Small-Group

Have you ever imagined floating in the crystal clear waters of the most beautiful Brazilian beaches? And in that moment you will be surrounded by Atlantic ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 14 to 15 hrs

From USD $140.00
Low Cost Full Day Arraial do Cabo Trip and Schooner Cruise - Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Day ... 
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Low Cost Full Day Arraial do Cabo Trip and Schooner Cruise - Rio de Janeiro

Arraial do Cabo has some of the most beautiful features on the Brazilian coast. White sand dunes, amazing vegetation, a clear blue sea, and cliffs that act as ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Angra dos Reis Full-Day Cruise from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Day Cruises
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Angra dos Reis Full-Day Cruise from Rio de Janeiro

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

This tour will take you to the islands of Angra do Reis from Rio de Janeiro, where you can admire the blue waters living in harmony with the green colors of ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 to 8 hrs

From USD $54.00
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Sail in Rio - 3 Hour Open Group Sailing Experience, Rio de Janeiro, Day Cruises
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Sail in Rio - 3 Hour Open Group Sailing Experience

Experience the beauty of Rio from a different angle! Come join us aboard our 40-footer sailing yacht on a 3-hour tour under sail in the protected bay or ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
Parasailing in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Sailing Trips
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Parasailing in Rio de Janeiro

Parasailing in Rio is certainly one of the most enjoyable activities you can find here. Imagine how it would be soaring over the Atlantic Ocean, across the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 to 6 hrs

From USD $135.00
Buzios Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Day Cruises
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Buzios Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Travel to Buzios from Rio de Janeiro. Sail to the the beaches on a schooner. Discover the rich history of the place formerly a pirate's lair and know a popular ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.00

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