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Prainha

Swim in the secluded bay, hike up into the wooded hills and dine on the fruits of the sea at beachside restaurants at this beach, one of Rio’s best kept secrets. 

While Rio de Janeiro is world famous for its two main beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema, one of the city’s most scenic beaches is in the remote area of Prainha. Located at the far west end of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, Prainha is a preserved section of rainforest that includes 766 yards (700 meters) of secluded sand, known as Prainha Beach. Make the effort to get to this peaceful beach, a favorite amongst expert surfers and Rio residents keen to avoid the crowds.

Start the day with a swim in the secluded bay. Watch the surfers riding the waves, which reach up to 10 feet (3 meters). Along the shoreline, look out for locals playing frescobol, which is a combination between beach volleyball and table tennis.

If you feel yourself getting sunburned, seek shelter at one of the small restaurants located behind the beach and sample seafood fresh from the nearby waters. Or, head inland to explore the cool rainforest. Climb to the top of one of the hills that shelters Prainha Beach from the surrounding area on a guided hike and enjoy the views over the bay. Bring insect repellent, as mosquitoes are common in the rainforest.

During the weekend, Prainha Beach can get surprisingly crowded, given its remote location. If you are hoping to escape the crowds of Rio’s more centrally located beaches, visit Prainha Beach on a weekday, when it is often nearly empty. Regardless of the day, make sure to arrive in the morning, since the beach lies in the shadow of the hills in the afternoon.

Prainha is located about 22 miles (35 kilometers) west of Ipanema Beach. The easiest way to arrive at Prainha is to drive, as there is a large parking lot along the beach. Otherwise, grab your beach towel and hop aboard the Surf Bus, which runs between downtown Rio and Prainha Beach several times a day, stopping at various beaches and beachfront hotels along the way.


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Ramada Rio de Janeiro Recreio ¥4,063
Ramada Rio de Janeiro Recreio

Ramada Rio de Janeiro Recreio

19021 Das Americas Avenue, Rio de Janeiro
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Recreio Shopping Center and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Macumba Beach and Pontal Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Rio Surf N Stay - Hostel
    Rio Surf N Stay - Hostel

    Rio Surf N Stay - Hostel

    Raimundo Veras, 1140, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Macumba Beach and Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Pontal Beach and Posto 12 are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Gohouse - Henfil 1808
      Gohouse - Henfil 1808

      Gohouse - Henfil 1808

      Avenida Henfil 101, Apt. 1808, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Recreio Shopping Center and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Macumba Beach and Pontal Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Hostel Braz ¥2,759
        Hostel Braz

        Hostel Braz

        Rua FW, 74, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Macumba Beach and Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Pontal Beach and Posto 12 are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Reserva Pontal Beach (Full Sea View)
          Reserva Pontal Beach (Full Sea View)

          Reserva Pontal Beach (Full Sea View)

          Estrada do Pontal, 585 Bloco 1, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Recreio dos Bandeirantes apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Macumba Beach and Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Pontal Beach and Posto 12 are also within 10 minutes.

            Hotel Atlântico Sul ¥5,432
            Hotel Atlântico Sul

            Hotel Atlântico Sul

            Av. Lucio Costa 18.000, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Recreio dos Bandeirantes hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Posto 12 and Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Recreio Shopping Center and Prainha are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Quarto e Sala de Frente para o Mar
              Quarto e Sala de Frente para o Mar

              Quarto e Sala de Frente para o Mar

              Est. do Pontal 7100,Cond. Vila Del Sol, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Pontal Beach and Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Posto 12 and Macumba Beach are also within 10 minutes.

                Flat Villa del Sol
                Flat Villa del Sol

                Flat Villa del Sol

                Estrada do Pontal,7100 Ap.311, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Recreio dos Bandeirantes apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Pontal Beach and Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Macumba Beach and Posto 12 are also within 10 minutes.