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The most beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

A breathtaking panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro's Majestic Panorama
Rio de Janeiro is a city filled with natural beauty and vibrant culture. Among its most stunning attractions are its dazzling beaches. In this guide, we will explore the most charming beaches of this marvellous city, providing tips for travellers who want to make the most of their stay. So, get ready to fall in love with the best beaches in Rio de Janeiro.

Tips for travellers to enjoy the beauties of this marvellous city

Ipanema: The Postcard View

Ipanema is the most visited beach by tourists in Rio de Janeiro, and it's also one of the safest. You'll find people strolling peacefully along the boardwalk, sunbathing, or taking photos at Arpoador. If you're coming to Rio de Janeiro and are unsure which beach to visit first, we recommend Ipanema. Several attractions are gathered in one place, with guaranteed safety.

A picturesque view of Ipanema Beach with sunbathers .
Ipanema: Where Beauty Meets the Sea

Joatinga Beach: A Hidden Paradise

A wild beach nestled among the hills of the Atlantic Forest, in one of the city's best condominiums. It's small, cosy, visited by hip young people and surfers. Since it's isolated in a luxury condominium, this beach is super safe. It doesn't have facilities like kiosks, but it's still worth it. It's located in the Joá neighbourhood, between Barra da Tijuca and São Conrado. There's a public parking lot with only 60 spaces. So, if it's the high season, we recommend arriving early or taking an Uber.

A secluded Joatinga Beach nestled among lush hills, with a surfer catching waves.
Joatinga Beach: A Serene Escape

Praia Vermelha (Red Beach): Romance by the Sea

One of Rio's most charming beaches, located in the Urca neighbourhood, is highly frequented by romantic couples. Ideal for those who enjoy a quiet place with not too much movement. There are many leisure options, such as sunbathing, playing soccer, volleyball, and frescobol (paddleball). Around the region, you'll find various tourist attractions, like the Sugarloaf Mountain and the Mureta da Urca (Urca Wall), the military club, and the local bars. The beach is super safe because it's right next to one of Brazil's largest military clubs, with high-ranking professionals. Therefore, policing is stepped up. This beach offers guaranteed fun and tranquillity, which will make your trip unforgettable.

 Enjoying the tranquility of Praia Vermelha with the Sugarloaf Mountain in the background.
Praia Vermelha: Where Romance Meets the Sea

Leme Beach: Peace and Quiet

A very clean beach with a wonderful view. Nearby bars draw attention for a nightcap in the late afternoon. The sea is rough and attracts some surfers, but nothing that hampers your sea bath. The region's security is ensured by Military Police and Municipal Guards in an ostensive manner. Since it's in the Leme neighbourhood, which has only one way out, beach security is even greater. If you enjoy walking and enjoying the view in a peaceful place, this is the best recommendation for you.

A clean and peaceful Leme Beach with a view of the sea and nearby bars
A Peaceful Paradise

Leblon Beach: The Charm of Rio

Leblon is Rio's most upscale neighbourhood, home to artists, influencers, and soccer players. The beach is wonderful, and even the sea is calm, without strong waves. Normally, this beach is less crowded than Copacabana and Ipanema, and you may even bump into a celebrity on the boardwalk. On Sundays, the avenue is open for jogging, walking, and bike rides.

Barra da Tijuca Beach: Beauty and Fun

Barra da Tijuca Beach is one of Rio's most desired places. It's located in the Western Zone and has excellent infrastructure for tourists. Along the sandbank, there are several spots for beach volleyball with the nets already settled. The sea water is quite cold but crystal clear, but the waves are calm. Many bathers enjoy the best of Rio's weather in Barra. They also like to walk or ride bikes along the boardwalk, as it's not as crowded as Copacabana and Ipanema. The region's security has been reinforced with a municipal Security Present program, which brought more civilian and military police officers to the beachfront. It's a great place to enjoy with friends or family, taking advantage of everything Rio has to offer: pleasant beaches, warmth, security, wonderful scenery, beautiful people, and bars.

People enjoying the sunny shores of Barra da Tijuca Beach with beach volleyball nets.
Barra da Tijuca Beach: Beauty and Fun Combined

Hotel Tips to Enjoy Rio's Beautiful Beaches

Miramar by Windsor Copacabana

Comfort and sophistication with a view of Brazil's most famous beach and international gastronomy. A luxurious 5-star hotel for those looking to enjoy the best of Rio de Janeiro. Located on Avenida Atlântica in front of the famous Copacabana Beach, Miramar by Windsor Copacabana is a true symbol of sophistication and refinement being your luxury option in Copacabana. All 200 of its rooms are equipped with the best in comfort and modernity, enriching your lodging experience in Rio de Janeiro.

Copacabana Palace

Be part of this pioneering festive spirit of the brightest star of Rio de Janeiro. Make this season bright with a tropical stay at the Copacabana Palace. With cinematic views during the day and legendary celebrations at night, savour caipirinhas by the pool and bask in golden sands. Our hotel has been a Brazilian seaside symbol for almost a century, and the feeling of historical glamour is alive at every step. Whether your heart desires a quiet lunch in the sun or fiery cocktails at 4 in the morning, we'll help keep the flame burning in our cultural oasis.

Copacabana Palace's elegant exterior with palm trees and the famous pool area.
Copacabana Palace: A Century of Glamour

Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro

Just 30 minutes from Rio Galeão International Airport, Hilton Barra enjoys a strategically convenient location with easy access to corporate offices, shopping centres, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and you will be in front of Barra da Tijuca. You will find rooms and suites adorned with elegant and modern décor, dining options, and leisure facilities during your business or leisure stay. During weekends, enjoy transportation to Reserva Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach.

We hope this guide has provided you with a clear insight into the wonderful beaches of Rio de Janeiro and luxurious accommodation options to make your stay unforgettable. Regardless of which beach you choose, Rio offers a unique experience with natural beauty, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. Enjoy your trip to the Marvellous City!

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