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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 ¥3,147
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).

    Grumary Hostel
    Grumary Hostel

    Grumary Hostel

    Estr. do Grumari 130, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this hostel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Casa do Pontal Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Prainha Municipal Natural Park and Macumba Beach. Praia do Secreto and Abrico Beach are also within 3 mi (5 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. Pontal Beach and Macumba Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Hostel 68 ¥2,033
          Hostel 68

          Hostel 68

          Rua Leon Eliachar 49 Casa 68, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this hostel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Pontal Beach and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Macumba Beach and Recreio Shopping Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Longboard Paradise Hostel Surf Club ¥4,853
            Longboard Paradise Hostel Surf Club

            Longboard Paradise Hostel Surf Club

            Av. Paulo Tapajós 616, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, RJ
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this property is within a 15-minute walk of Macumba Beach and Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Pontal Beach and Posto 12 are also within 15 minutes.

              Hostel Braz ¥2,445
              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).