The Most Beautiful Rio Brazil Beaches
picture of the cover of a sample tour itinerary
  • Get This Itinerary Now! 📬
Brazil Tours

The Most Beautiful Rio Brazil Beaches

4 min read

Apr 16, 2012


By Rebecca Deering

Share This Post

Rio Brazil BeachesRio de Janiero, Brazil, is known for many things: the Christ the Reedemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain, the breathtaking panoramas from Sugar Loaf Mountain, the sights and sounds of Rio Carnival, Samba Dinner Show, and exciting nightlife. But quite possibly the most famous thing of all are the Rio Brazil Beaches. There are 40 kilometers of beaches on the Rio coastline where you can sink your toes in the sand and enjoy the strong Brazilian sunshine. Here you will learn about the 4 main beaches: Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana and Leme.

Rio Brazil Beach: Leblon

Leblon is an exclusive beach frequented by the wealthy and dotted with high-end bars, restaurants, and shopping. This beautiful Rio Brazil beach is a great area for families because there tends to be fewer crowds and most importantly, the Baixo Baby area. This is enclosed area toys and games for young children, and also hosts a baby changing station. For adults, there are organized sports activities, wide sidewalks for walking, and interesting shops to peruse.

Rio Brazil Beach: Ipanema

Ipanema Beach Rio BrazilNext to Leblon, separated by a small channel, is Ipanema. Ipanema is one of the trendiest areas of Rio and is a center for many activities. This area, like Leblon, is very wealthy and the restaurants, shopping, and activities cater to the higher-end of society. If you want to spot celebrities enjoying the sunshine, this is the place to stay!  There is a mixture of young and old beachgoers here and this Rio Brazil beach has something for everyone. The calm waters allow younger swimmers to enjoy the water and there are roped off sections for mothers and children. You will see quite a number of body surfers and sailboats in the distance. In the winter, this is where the surfers go, enjoying waves up to 9 feet high! Near the beach, the famous “Hippy Fair” takes place on Sundays and you can find locals selling their high-quality handicrafts, art, photography, clothing, leather goods and more.

Rio Brazil Beach: Copacabana

tour of Rio de Janeiro Brazil bikersBy far the most famous and frequented of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana is the hotspot for nightlife, restaurants and beach activities. This Rio Brazil beach is a melting pot for all sorts of people: the wealthy and non-wealthy, young and old, locals and non-locals. For the more active, there are large sidewalks for walking and running, and organized sports activities: volleyball, soccer, and Capoeira (Brazilian martial arts). The less active beachgoer can enjoy the sunshine and the views of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Small restaurants and bars line up near the beach to serve the famous Brazilian alcoholic drink, the Caipirinha, as well as traditional snacks. There are public lockers, showers and bathrooms along the walkways for a small fee.

Rio Brazil Beach: Leme

Leme is the farthest east of the popular Rio Brazil beaches, making it the closest to Sugar Loaf mountain. This beach is in more of a residential area and has far fewer crowds. On the weekends, you can visit Forte Duque de Caxia, a cultural center with a historical museum and a lookout at the top of the Fort with amazing views of Sugar Loaf, the Christ the Redeemer statue, and Guanabara Bay.  Don’t miss the Leme rock (Pedra do Leme), a large rock formation that serves as a sightseeing point  (the locals say this is one of the best areas to watch the sunset!), a restaurant area where you can sample the best of Brazilian dishes, and also a fisherman’s area. At the end of the beach is Morro de Leme, a wilderness area that is home to the Sagui monkey, as well as 90+ animal species and 10,000 varieties of plants.

Beyond the Rio Brazil Beaches: Buzios, Ilha Grande, and Paraty

Rio Brazil Beaches ParatiJust outside of Rio de Janeiro is a peninsula by the name of Buzios, which harbors several idyllic Brazil beaches. Many of the Buzios beaches are much quieter than those of Rio de Janeiro’s, offering a respite from the busyness of the larger city. An even more remote getaway is that of Ilha Grande, called “Big Island” in Portuguese. This tropical island also has great beaches, cobblestone streets, and the beautiful Atlantic Rainforest jungle. Lastly, Paraty is an excellent option for those who want to go beyond the Rio Brazil beaches. Paraty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was an important port city during the colonial gold rush era. Here you’ll find more beaches, cobblestone streets, and beautiful scenery. Interested in traveling to Rio de Janeiro to experience the amazing Rio Brazil beaches first-hand? We offer a Rio, Illha Grande, & Paraty tour that includes Rio de Janeiro as well as nearby tropical beaches of Illa Grande and Paraty. We also have a tour of Rio & the beaches of Buzios.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Create Your Own Custom Tour

Click your preferences: Destinations & Activities. Be as specific or general as you like - or click Help Me Decide! We'll spice it with hidden gems & personal tips to create your perfect trip.

Choose Amazon destinations (optional)
Choose destinations (optional)
Choose Bolivia destinations (optional)
Choose Brazil destinations (opt)
Choose Chile destinations (opt)
Choose Colombia destinations (optional)
Choose Ecuador & Galapagos destinations (optional)
Choose Paraguay destinations (optional)
Choose Patagonia & Antarctica destinations (optional)
Choose Peru destinations (optional)
Choose Interests
Choose activities
What category of accommodation?

You can choose more than one!

When would you like to go?
How many travelers?
age groups
age groups
Review my trip summary





Highly recommended - Phone: We ❤️ to talk! A brief chat with your personal Travel Consultant helps us create your perfect trip!

Hooray! Thanks for Sharing!

If you have an additional 30 seconds we’d love to learn more about you…

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Custom Form Blue Popup

  • Including accommodations, transportation and activities/tours.
  • One Moment Please

    We are matching your tour idea with the right Travel Consultant
    who will be in touch shortly.
    Thank you for your request!