Urca Beach, Rio de Janeiro

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A beach with breathtaking views, Urca Beach is perfect if you want to blend in with the locals. This small beach faces Guanabara Bay and provides you with views of Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer. The placidity of the water is perfect for taking a dip and hiking is possible along the path behind the kids’ park. The infrastructure is good with bathrooms, cafes, and restaurants. Enjoy some refreshing coconut water and in the evening you might even hear a Peruvian flute being played. Use our Rio de Janeiro travel route planner to visit Urca Beach on your trip to Rio de Janeiro, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Most of the pictures and reviews are about Praia Vermelha, the small beach at the bottom of sugarloaf mountain, just a few steps from the cable car station. Praia Urca is the other side of Morro Urca ...  more »
  • Good beach for children since it is very calm, but by being small is always full. People usually bring food (a lot) about it, and end up dropping scraps of garbage on the beach. A shame. The view from there is still wonderful! Worth a walk in runway Claudio Coutinho on the left side of the beach. Guarantee good photos.
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  • We arrived very early in the sand still had few people when passing the hours filled completely but there was no problem. Many families and residents of the city attend which allows you to maintain order and respect including fewer stalls in other areas. Has a square in front with public restroom (pay $1.00) not very clean but usable. The waters are very calm, without waves. Some say that was already very polluted but it's been a while since the waters are suitable for shower. The only downside is that there is no Lifeguard. Although quiet, you can't get much, do the deep part has immense depth. The right side is the Morro da Babilônia (buildings and military salons) and on the left side the morro da Urca (Sugar Loaf). There is a flat 3 km walkway by the side of the Urca very good to do gleaming landscape and enjoying a chat and another quite steep which reaches the first stone of the Pão de Açucar (Transcarioca Trail-the first long trail route from Brazil). My 9 year old daughter made 5 stops but came to an end. You can admire the landscapes, use bathrooms and bars around the stone. You can climb to the second rock from the Sugar Loaf or go down to the beach by paying tram ticket value. In case if down may also opt for return on the same track. Note that the path must hours closing the 18 hours (no daylight saving time the 19 hours). Of all the beaches of Rio de Janeiro that was what pleased me most in all aspects.
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  • Great beach. Calm waters. Great for aquatic activities. Swimming, snorkeling, stand up paddle ... Has stand up paddle rental in tents. Before the plunge is good to do the urca Hill that leads the first ascent from the sugar loaf.
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  • Very good, do stand-up-paddle. The foods are kind of guys, so you'd better bring a lunch from home to eat it
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  • Suspicion about unforgettable moments I lived here ... Simply a paradise ♥ ️ 👏🏻 ♾
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  • It has a very beautiful view of Guanabara Bay, but I would not recommend bathing.
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  • Very nice afternoon! By not having very high waves, the beach is very frequented by family with children; The neighborhood is very safe, and outside which is NICE I recommend!
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