Botafogo Beach, Rio de Janeiro

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Located in the Guanabara Bay and famous for its golden sands, Botafogo Beach is sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean and its winds by the Sugarloaf Mountain, one of the city’s most famous backdrops. This crescent-shaped beach is a popular spot for family photographs. Few people choose to swim here as private boats use this part of the bay for docking. There are educational sites for you to visit here, though, such as the Museu do Índio, which explores the culture and history of the major indigenous peoples of Brazil. You can also drop by the Villa-Lobos Museum, honoring the life and achievement of one of the most significant creative figures in 20th-century Brazilian music. Plan my Rio de Janeiro trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • Beach with beautiful view to the bread and to the pier with several boats and yachts moored ... very cool///the beach itself felt a little dirty and the day I went was empty and a little insecure.
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  • This beach has a fantastic view to the Sugar Loaf hill and is crossed by high-speed avenues. Close to the Gloria marine, the water is inappropriate for bathing. Between the buildings, you can see the ...  more »
  • Of christ redeemer and sugar loaf mountain. If you have a good camera you can get a panoramic pics of both. Nice beach as well. Cool place to take photos  more »

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