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Rio`s beaches

There are few cities that have a beach as their main attraction, but Rio de Janeiro has several. And no 2 beaches are alike: some are great for surfing, others for partying and then there are beaches for simply kicking back in the sun with a good book. Rio's beaches are the playground of the busy city.

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Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach

Sunset at Ipanema

The 2-kilometre-long white sandy beach of Ipanema is very pleasant. The street behind the beach boulevard is lined with designer boutiques and bars that serve up the famous caipirinha cocktails. Visit the Garota de Ipanema Bar (originally named Bar Veloso); this is the place where Tom Jobim was inspired to write the lyrics for the world-famous hit ‘The Girl from Ipanema’. The beach is not only famous for this summer hit and the lively boulevard: Ipanema also boasts the most beautiful sunset in Rio. Join the crowds at Arpoador to watch the sun disappear as the last rays of light hit Sugarloaf Mountain.

Surf Mecca Prainha

Surf Mecca Prainha

The high waves of Prainha

A short drive outside the centre of Rio de Janeiro is the surf Mecca of Prainha, which means small beach. This unspoilt beach is part of a nature reserve and has not (yet) been overrun by tourists. It has a crescent moon shape and is framed on both sides by steep rocks. This creates a strong current with high waves that are particularly popular with local surfers.

Grumari Beach: surrounded by nature

Grumari Beach: surrounded by nature

The hidden jewel of Grumari

About an hour drive from Copacabana lies the hidden jewel of Grumari. Just like Prainha, this 3-kilometre-long sandy beach is part of a nature reserve. Surrounded by tall green hills and immense rock formations, Grumari is completely isolated from civilization. Locals come here to escape the hectic city. Not far from the beach is the old fishing village Guaratiba where local restaurants serve up fresh fish for lunch.

Sunset at Arpoador

Sunset at Arpoador

Surfing at Arpoador

Arpoador Beach is known as one of the best surf spots in Rio de Janeiro. Surfers from around the world bring their boards to Arpoador’s rough waves. The waves break on the large rocks and may reach heights of 7 to 10 meters. The rock formation offers a fabulous view of the city and the nearby mountains. In the evening the rocks of Arpoador attract many young couples who come here to enjoy a romantic sunset.

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