Fodor's Expert Review Praia do Pontal da Atalaia
Cabo Frio Beach Free Fodor's Choice
Across the bay from the idyllic Ilha do Farol (Lighthouse Island), the waters on the peninsula are equally as spectacular, but easier to access than the island's beaches. Two beaches straddle the point of this peninsula, and when the tide is low, the white sands join to become one. Surprisingly, these beaches are often emptier than those closer to town, but that's probably because of access—you have to drive or take a taxi to the residential condominium Pontal do Atalaia and follow the dirt track until you reach the stairs down to the beach. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: solitude; snorkeling; swimming.