Rio de Janeiro

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  • 1. Praia de Copacabana


    Maddening traffic, noise, packed apartment blocks, and a world-famous beach—this is Copacabana, or, Manhattan with bikinis. Walk along the neighborhood's classic crescent to dive headfirst...Read More

  • 2. Praia de Grumari


    A bit beyond Prainha, off Estrada de Guaratiba, is Grumari, a beach that seems a preview of paradise. What it lacks in amenities—it has only...Read More

  • 3. Praia de Ipanema


    As you stroll this world-famous beach you'll encounter a cross section of the city's residents, each favoring a particular stretch. Families predominate in the area...Read More

  • 4. Praia da Barra

    Barra da Tijuca

    Some cariocas consider the beach at Barra da Tijuca to be Rio's best, and the 18-km-long (11-mile-long) sweep of sand and jostling waves certainly is...Read More

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  • 5. Praia de São Conrado

    São Conrado

    West of Leblon, Praia de São Conrado sits empty during the week but is often packed on weekends and holidays. The strand of soft sand...Read More

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  • 6. Praia do Arpoador


    At the point where Ipanema Beach meets Copacabana, Praia do Arpoador has great waves for surfing. They're so great that nonsurfers tend to avoid the...Read More

  • 7. Praia do Botafogo


    Though it's pretty, Botafogo Beach doesn't attract swimmers and sunbathers. Locals joke that the fish here come ready-coated in oil for frying, but don't let...Read More

  • 8. Praia do Diabo


    A barely noticeable stretch of sand tucked away between Arpoador and a natural rock wall that extends to Copacabana's fort, Praia do Diabo is popular...Read More

  • 9. Praia do Flamengo


    This small curved beach with a terrific view of Sugar Loaf is much busier earlier in the morning than on a sunny afternoon. That's because...Read More

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  • 10. Praia do Leblon


    At the far end of Ipanema lies Praia do Leblon, a stretch of beach usually occupied by families and generally less lively as far as...Read More

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  • 11. Praia do Leme


    Leme Beach is a natural extension of Copacabana Beach to the northeast, toward Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf). A rock formation juts into the water...Read More

  • 12. Praia do Vidigal


    Quiet Vidigal Beach is next to the Sheraton Grand Rio hotel. The small stretch of sand was the playground of residents of the nearby Vidigal...Read More

  • 13. Praia Vermelha


    Right at the foot of Sugar Loaf, this sheltered, rough-sand beach (the name means "red beach," a reference to the distinctive coarse sand here) is...Read More

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  • 14. Prainha


    The length of two football fields, Prainha ("Little Beach") is a vest-pocket beach favored by surfers, who take charge of it on weekends. The swimming...Read More

  • 15. Recreio dos Bandeirantes

    Recreio dos Bandeirantes

    At the far end of Barra's beachfront avenue—the name of the street was changed a few years back to Avenida Lúcio Costa, but locals still...Read More

  • 16. São Conrado

    The juxtaposition of the "haves" and "have nots" couldn't be more stark, or more startling, than it is in São Conrado, where mansions and expensive...Read More

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