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Sao Conrado Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

Sao Conrado Beach which includes a beach

Ride the waves, hit the fairways or hunt down the latest designer fashions under the shadow of one of Rio’s most imposing peaks, the towering Gávea Rock. 

If Copacabana and Ipanema beach are too crowded for your tastes, and Prainha Beach is too far, head to São Conrado Beach. Surrounded by the hills separating Rio de Janeiro’s main southern district from the neighborhood of Barra Tijuca, São Conrado Beach is easily accessible and yet it feels more secluded than other city beaches.

Spread out your towel and settle in for the day on this relaxing beach backed by sleek high-rise hotels and condominiums. Watch the surfers riding the waves, and look to the skies to see hang-gliders launching off nearby Gávea Rock. At 2,762 feet (842 meters), Gavéa Rock (Pedra da Gávea) is one of the tallest rock formations in the Rio de Janeiro area and offers spectacular views from the summit. Experienced climbers can hike to the top and back in around 8 hours.

If you are inexperienced or do not have enough time to spare, hike to Pedra Bonita, which stands just behind Gávea Rock. It’s a less strenuous hike to reach the summit of this shorter rock. While the views are less panoramic, you can still see over a large swath of southern Rio.

The wealthy neighborhood of São Conrado is a magnet for golfers and shoppers. Just north of São Conrado Beach is the Gávea Golf Club, a beautiful course with views of the beach and the surrounding hills. The club is open to visitors who are staying at an accredited hotel, but you’ll need to book well in advance. If designer fashion is more your thing, shop for a bargain at the São Conrado Fashion Mall. Set aside an afternoon to explore the 150 shops, several movie theaters and the food court at this luxury shopping mall.

Reach São Conrado Beach via bus or car by driving through the tunnel under the Dois Irmaos. There is plenty of parking available for a fee along the beach, and the neighborhood is small enough to navigate on foot once you get there. Alternatively, rent a bicycle and enjoy the cycleway which follows the coastline.

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Hotel Nacional Rio de Janeiro
Hotel Nacional Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Av. Niemeyer, 769, Sao Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥6,922 per night from May 22 to May 23
Located in Sao Conrado, this luxury hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Leblon Beach and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Posto 12. Ipanema Beach and Rio de Janeiro Botanical ...
4.2/5Very Good! (208 reviews)
"Great property! Rooms are good. Gym is decent. View is spectacular"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Hotel Nacional Rio de Janeiro
Mirante do Arvrao
Mirante do Arvrao
3 out of 5
Rua Armando de Almeida Lima 8, Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro
The price is ¥5,726 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Located in Vidigal, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Leblon Beach, Posto 12, and Sao Conrado Beach. Posto 11 and Garden of Allah are also within 3 mi (5 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (33 reviews)
"They weren't even particularily mean to me. Likely because this appears to be a money laundering operationg in an extremly dangerous slum in Rio. I would seriously reccommend taking it down from your site as you should not be providing an outlet for people to stay there. There are legitimately civilians ..."

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

Mirante do Arvrao
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥10,691 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Leblon Beach, Ipanema Beach, and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Arpoador Beach is 2.7 mi (4.4 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (961 reviews)
"They offered me an upgrade for my room , but I paid a considerable amount of money on the taxes . Next time get all inclusive you’ll get a lot more for your buck !"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Hotel Nacional Rio de Janeiro
Hotel Nacional Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Av. Niemeyer, 769, Sao Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
The price is ¥6,922 per night from May 22 to May 23
Hotel Nacional Rio de Janeiro
Mirante do Arvrao
Mirante do Arvrao
3 out of 5
Rua Armando de Almeida Lima 8, Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro
The price is ¥5,726 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Mirante do Arvrao
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥10,691 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Pullman Rio de Janeiro São Conrado
Pullman Rio de Janeiro São Conrado
5 out of 5
Avenida Aquarela do Brasil, 75, São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Pullman Rio de Janeiro São Conrado
São Conrado Classy
São Conrado Classy
3 out of 5
Rua Golf Clube, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
São Conrado Classy
Butterfly Vanazul Home
Butterfly Vanazul Home
2 out of 5
Estrada das Canoas 101, Sao Conrado, Rio de Janeiro
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Para Ti Guest House
Para Ti Guest House
2.5 out of 5
Rua Coronel Ribeiro Gomes 350, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Apartamento em Cond de Luxo em Sao Conrado
Apartamento em Cond de Luxo em Sao Conrado
3.5 out of 5
Av Prefeito Mendes de Moraes, 1400, Bloco 3, Apto 404, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
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Cozy Apartment in Sao Conrado
Cozy Apartment in Sao Conrado
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Cozy Apartment in Sao Conrado
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.