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Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

Even the most seasoned tourist will find the beaches here quite amazing. They are wide and clean, with soft white sand. The main beaches from Leme to Barra have plenty of services for the beach goers, including free showers at the beach, wet trails to walk on cool sand, clean pay toilets, life-savers and police, tents and chairs for rent, soft drinks and alcoholic bars, food. Abricó is the only official nudist beach in the area of Rio de Janeiro, it lies next to Grumari beach. Only accessible by car/taxi. An option is taking the bus numbered S-20 (Recreio) that passes along Copacabana/Ipanema/Leblon, and from the end of the line (ponto final) take a cab, for a travel time of almost 2 hours.

Copacabana Beach

Copacabanais a neighbourhood in the southern zone or Zona Sul of Rio de Janeiro. It is famous for its 4km long balneario beach and its black and white pathway. Copacabana beach stretches from Posto Dois (lifeguard watchtower Two) to Posto Seis (lifeguard watchtower Six). Leme is at Posto Um (lifeguard watchtower One). There are historic forts at both ends of Copacabana beach; Fort Copacabana, built in 1914, is at the south end by Posto Seis and Fort Duque de Caxias, built in 1779, at the north end. Hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs and residential buildings dot the promenade. Copacabana Beach plays host to millions of revellers during the annual New Year’s Eve celebrations and, in most years, has been the official venue of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.The Copacabana promenade is a pavement landscape in large scale. It was completed in 1970 and has used a black and white Portuguese pavement design since its origin in the 1930s: a geometric wave.

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema is a neighborhood located in the southern region of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between Leblon and Arpoador. Ipanema is adjacent to Copacabana Beach, but it is distinct from its neighbor. It is relatively easy to navigate because the streets are aligned in a grid. Private infrastructure has created world-class restaurants, shops, and cafes. Ipanema is one of the most expensive places to live in Rio. Two mountains called the Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) rise at the western end of the beach. The beach is divided into segments by marks known as postos (lifeguard towers). Beer is sold everywhere on the beach along with the traditional cachaça. There are always circles of people playing football, volleyball, and footvolley, a locally invented sport that is a combination of volleyball and football. In the winter the surf can reach nine feet.

Abrico Beach

Abrico Beach in Rio de Janiero is a nudist beach in Brazil’s second largest city for those who like to sun and swim in their `birthday suits`. This nudist beach in Rio de Janeiro became legal for naturists in 2003 after being closed for a while. It hes been understandably chosen by naturalists due to its very private location in the Grumari area. A local naturist association watches over the Abrico Beach in Rio to make sure that international nudist normal rules are followed, and it also offers a range of planned activities for those who are interested.

Prainha Beach

Prainha Beach is a smaller isolated beach used by surfers just a short drive south-west from Rio de Janeiro. The beach which is half-moon shaped is bordered on each side by rocks and high cliffs, causing the waves to come in fast and with multiple breaks creating a perfect place to surf. The under current is very strong here, and only very experienced surfers ride the waves. Casual beach goers should only enter the water to about waist deep, as the undertow could easily pull you out to sea! There is normally only one lifeguard patroling the beach. A small outdoor restaurant overlooks Prainha Beach from the cliff on the southwest end. You can walk up to it by using a short trail from the beach. You can use the restrooms if you buy a soft drink or have lunch. It’s a great place from which to take photos of the surfer beach. There are also a couple of Kiosks at about the middle of the beach.

Recreio dos Bandeirantes

Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach is a very wide beach making it ideal for activities such as soccer, and volleyball. The wind and waves at Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach are strong which makes it great for surfing and wind surfing. A favorite with surfers, it also holds many surf and body-boarding championships. The buildings around this area aren’t very tall, which helps keep the sun on the beach from sunrise to sunset. Cycling along the bicycle path is usually the favorite pastime for those in the neighborhood, there is a dedicated bicycle path which follows the length of the beach and beyond. The eleven kilometer stretch offers kiosks, selling food and beverages along the way. At the end of Avenida Sernambetiba is a nearly three kilometer long cove with beautiful scenery.

Vermelha Beach

Vermelha Beach is a small two hundred meter long beach in the Urca neighborhood of Rio. The quiet Vermelha Beach is of limited size with an attractive landscape, located between the Sugar Loaf hill and Babilônia hill. The beach is adjacent to the square from where the cable car to Sugar Loaf leaves. The short sidewalk displays several kiosks, where many have tables available for enjoying their savoring icy and delicious coconut water. On the right side of the beach, there is the Military Club at Praia Vermelha. On the left side, there is Cláudio Coutinho, a jogging or walking track, a lovely choice for those who can not resist an ecological detour. Apart from rendering an excellent track for walking and jogging, it has some of the best placed belvederes, all along the way, surrounded by the sea, striking flora and views of Morro da Urca hill.

Arpoador Beach

Arpoador beach is the birthplace of surfing in Brazil as a sport and lifestyle. The beach is a small bit of sand and rock located between the beginning of Ipanema beach and Copacabana. It has incredible views of Ipanema and Leblon. To reach Arpoador beach walk along Ipanema beach on Avenida Vieira Souto and you will eventually get to Arpoador. Arpoador beach has some of the best surfing in the area. It is the birth site of the surfing culture in Rio de Janeiro and has many surfing tournaments a year. For the brave, there are surfboards for rent as well as surfing experts to instruct you. For the truly daring spotlights on the beach allow surfing at night. At Posto 8 there is a weight lifting area where you can watch the muscle bound locals work out. There is also an exercise area in the same location.

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