Rio de Janeiro

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  • 1. Praia de Copacabana

    Copacabana | Beach–Sight

    Maddening traffic, noise, packed apartment blocks, and a world-famous beach—this is Copacabana, or, Manhattan with bikinis. Walk along the...Read More

  • 2. Praia de Grumari

    Grumari | Beach–Sight

    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

    Ipanema | Beach–Sight

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

  • 4. Praia da Barra

    Barra da Tijuca | Beach–Sight

    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...Read More

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  • 5. Praia de São Conrado

    São Conrado | Beach–Sight

    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 attracts...Read More

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  • 6. Praia do Arpoador

    Arpoador | Beach–Sight

    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...Read More

  • 7. Praia do Botafogo

    Botafogo | Beach–Sight

    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...Read More

  • 8. Praia do Diabo

    Copacabana | Beach–Sight

    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...Read More

  • 9. Praia do Flamengo

    Flamengo | Beach–Sight

    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 Flamengo...Read More

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  • 10. Praia do Leblon

    Leblon | Beach–Sight

    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 beach sports...Read More

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  • 11. Praia do Leme

    Leme | Beach–Sight

    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

    Vidigal | Beach–Sight

    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

    Urca | Beach–Sight

    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...Read More

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  • 14. Prainha

    Grumari | Beach–Sight

    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...Read More

  • 15. Recreio dos Bandeirantes

    Recreio dos Bandeirantes | Beach–Sight

    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 call...Read More

  • 16. São Conrado

    Beach–Sight

    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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