Barra Beach, Rio de Janeiro

4.7
#7 of 32 in Beaches in Rio de Janeiro
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With over 15 km (9 miles) of white sand met by clear, blue-green ocean, Barra Beach is the largest beach in Rio de Janeiro, and the farther along it you go, the more deserted it becomes. The agitated waters attract surfers, windsurfers, body boarders, kite surfers, and fishing enthusiasts, and there is a high energy about the busier stretch, where you will see young people playing beach volleyball and soccer. In need of refreshment, you should visit Pepe, named in honor of the late champion hang-glider and regular of Barra Beach, where you will find great sandwiches and fresh natural juices. The quieter sweep of beach provides you with a tranquil paradise, and while it may not have many facilities, nor does it have any crowds. Using our international travel planner, Rio de Janeiro attractions like Barra Beach can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beaches that one can be accessed by public transport, Barra da Tijuca is the best! Highly recommended, the prices are a little higher than in Leblon, Ipanema or Copacabana...
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  • If you like clear waters and a very relaxing setting this is the place to go to the beach in Rio. Much quieter than Ipanema or Copacabana.  more »
  • Although the waters of the beaches in Rio, are cold, this beach is simply paradise. Transparent waters, and quiet, to go with small children. I was amazed, and my son loved it, as if it was the pool. Super quiet, and you access to subway.
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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Accommodations in Rio de Janeiro cover as diverse a spectrum as the city itself. At the top end, you can find plenty of luxury hotels along the beaches of Zona Sul, the city's southern zone, which includes the renowned Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. For something to suit a budget, but with good beach access, look around the less crowded neighborhoods of Catele and Flamengo. If you want to stay as centrally as possible, without feeling like you're in a business district, look for lodgings in the colorful, bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
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