Botafogo Beach, Rio de Janeiro

2.5
#23 of 32 in Beaches in 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. Add Botafogo Beach to your Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker.
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  • Great ride, where you are by the Boardwalk to the next beach. The site has several kiosks if they want to make some snacks. Various artists creating the sand sculptures, handicrafts and others. Stay tuned as the movement of some kids in the neighborhood.
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  • With a list view of the Morro da Urca, this is one of the most traditional neighborhoods of the South side of the river. The beach is not suitable for use, but one can go hiking and running.
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  • Vantage point to have a beautiful view of the sugar loaf, great for taking pictures. The beach itself is not the best, because the waters are unfit for bathing. There's always some people walking on the edge or playing sports in the sand. Nearby there is a shopping (Botafogo Praia Shopping) and the various cultural and bohemian neighborhood of Botafogo.
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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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