Barra de Guaratiba Beach, Rio de Janeiro

3.1
#25 of 32 in Beaches in Rio de Janeiro
Beach Nature / Park
Offering calm waters and a bit of remoteness rarely found so close to a big city, Barra de Guaratiba Beach is situated within an ecological reserve area. This beach, with its blue waters and white sands, is wedged between mangroves and the rainforest, so you can have lots of privacy far from other overcrowded beaches in this part of the country. The surrounding area is known for its many rustic restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy just-caught lobsters and fish, baked right before you and served hot. Don’t miss the region’s famous fish stew, which you can eat right on the sand, in the natural shade of tall native trees. Other nearby beaches can also be reached easily through a series of short trails. For Barra de Guaratiba Beach and beyond, use our Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary planner to get the most from your Rio de Janeiro vacation.
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  • Beautiful beach and cozy, but loses for being too crowded. Have to get there early, or runs out of free parking. Value of the parking lot absurd. A lot of massive crowd and dirt.
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  • Gastronomic neighborhood but also with beautiful walks. You can rent a stand up and enjoy the sandbank. Can also make the Telegraph trail and have one of the most beautiful landscapes. There are several good restaurants.
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  • Very interesting destination for those who want to stay close to nature but with the power facilities.
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