Zachary Stephen Layton believes a visit to Rio de Janeiro is incomplete if you do not visit a couple of beaches in the city. If you are looking forward to spending some carefree time relaxing on the beach, then you will be spoiled for choice as Rio has a variety of beaches to offer its visitors. People from all walks of life head over to the beaches in Rio to enjoy a day of sun, sand and surf.
Ipanema Beach is one long stretch of sand which showcases subcultures as diverse at the city itself. The beach is one of the popular hangouts for the hippies and artists in the city. The area in front of the beach Rua Farme de Amoedo is known as Crystal Palace or Bolsa de Valores and is the gay section of the beach. If you are holidaying with children, you might want to head up Posto 8 a bit further along the beach which is a popular spot for kids.
If surfing is what drives you to the beaches in Rio, you might want to go to Arpoador, the best surfing spot between Ipanema and Copacabana. Ipanema is a beach with cleaner sands than Copacabana. However, the weekends are crowded, so you might want to go early.
Praia da Barra da Tijuca
Barra is a beautiful blue sea 7.4-mile long beach and is a great place to enjoy a beach picnic. There are several bars and seafood restaurants along the first few miles of the beach, so if you don’t feel like carrying your picnic basket, all you need to do is head over to one of the restaurants and enjoy a delicious meal.
Zachary Stephen Layton is a biomedical engineer who loves to travel around the world.