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São Conrado 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 ¥5,778
Hotel Nacional Rio

Hotel Nacional Rio

Av. Niemeyer, 769, Sao Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Pullman Rio de Janeiro São Conrado
    Pullman Rio de Janeiro São Conrado

    Pullman Rio de Janeiro São Conrado

    Avenida Aquarela do Brasil, 75, São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Sao Conrado, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Leblon Beach, and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Posto 12. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      São Conrado Classy
      São Conrado Classy

      São Conrado Classy

      Rua Golf Clube, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Sao Conrado, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Pedra da Gavea, Ipanema Beach, and Pepe Beach. Tijuca National Park and Tijuca Lake are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        RJ01 Mansao em Sao Conrado
        RJ01 Mansao em Sao Conrado

        RJ01 Mansao em Sao Conrado

        R. Cel. Ribeiro Gomes 101, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Sao Conrado, this vacation home is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Joatinga Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ipanema Beach and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Pepe Beach and Tijuca National Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Butterfly Vanazul Home
          Butterfly Vanazul Home

          Butterfly Vanazul Home

          Estrada das Canoas 101, Sao Conrado, Rio de Janeiro
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Sao Conrado, this spa hostel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Joatinga Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ipanema Beach and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Pepe Beach and Tijuca National Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Para Ti Guest House
            Para Ti Guest House

            Para Ti Guest House

            Rua Coronel Ribeiro Gomes 350, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Sao Conrado, this guesthouse is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Joatinga Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ipanema Beach and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Pepe Beach and Tijuca National Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Apartamento em Cond de Luxo em Sao Conrado
              Apartamento em Cond de Luxo em Sao Conrado

              Apartamento em Cond de Luxo em Sao Conrado

              Av Prefeito Mendes de Moraes, 1400, Bloco 3, Apto 404, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Sao Conrado, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Sao Conrado Beach, Ipanema Beach, and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Pepe Beach and Tijuca National Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                TuAkAzA Exclusive Boutique Lodge
                TuAkAzA Exclusive Boutique Lodge

                TuAkAzA Exclusive Boutique Lodge

                Estrada da Canoa 2600, São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Sao Conrado, this spa lodge is within 6 mi (10 km) of Sao Conrado Beach, Tijuca National Park, and Pepe Beach. Pedra da Gavea and Joatinga Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).