The beaches of Brazil continue to be some of this South American country’s most coveted, longed-for tourist attractions. Some are frequented by locals and tourists alike, littered with bronzed bodies on pristine white sand and in the waters of the Atlantic. Others are nestled away, remote, and empty, providing an idyllic escape for those wanting to bask in the serenity of the natural beauty. The hot, tropical climate of Brazil is fabulous for visitors, who can spend as much time as they like enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Each of the thousands of Brazilian beaches boasts a unique beauty of its own, giving visitors an endless array of options when it comes to choosing their beach of choice.
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most popular tourist hotspots in the world. Some of the best known beaches in Rio include:
Arpoador beach near Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro at sunrise
The four kilometres of coastline that make up this beach are constantly abuzz with people, musicians, vendors and performers. In addition to the inviting sand, sun and sea, there are a number of restaurants, hotels, bars and clubs within close proximity. Street vendors sell delicious treats and the local beach bars are fabulous refreshment stops. This means that tourists wanting to sample the fun side of Brazil practically never have to leave the immediate vicinity of Copacabana!
The busiest time for Copacabana Beach is between mid-November and mid-March. At this time, traffic can be intense, parking scarce and prices higher than usual. A bikini or Speedo is acceptable, while topless women are tolerated, but not welcomed.
Although this trendy beach is just as bustling and busy as Copacabana, it is generally recognised as a more upmarket version thereof. Ipanema is known as the hotspot for finding tall, tanned beauties that exude class and elegance. In fact, the Travel Channel® referred to this as being the “sexiest beach in the world”.
The water here is calm and inviting, with a separate area for mothers with young children. There are kiosks, restaurants and bars within close proximity to this beach, but not on the same scale as Copacabana.
This beach forms the border between the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. It is accessible and quieter and is, therefore, popular amongst local surfers and families that want no part of the Brazilian buzz.
Sao Conrado Beach
The San Conrado Beach boasts an array of fun activities situated within spectacular surrounds. It is popular amongst surfers for its challenging waves, which may not be ideal for very young or inexperienced swimmers. However, these ones will certainly enjoy exploring the beach, playing volleyball and bronzing their bodies in the sun.
Other popular Brazilian beaches include:
• Barra da Tijuca Beach (known as being one of the longest and cleanest beaches in the country)
• Angra dos Reis (combining the beauty of the coastline with the dense lushness of the rainforests)
• Santos Beach
• Jericoacoara Beach
• Salvador Beach
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