Ipanema - This is, no doubt, the most famous meeting point in Rio de Janeiro and one of the most celebrated beaches in the city – and the world! Its ten-block length includes “soccer-volley” courts, fitness exercise equipment and, at each lifesavers post, there are public toilets and showers where one can wash the sand and salt water off. It also hosts many events such as the Beach Volley World Championship.
Copacabana - With plenty of drinking and snacks bars, it is a much-appreciated spot for a late-afternoon cold beer. The beach’s wide stretch of sand extends from Avenida Princesa Isabel to the Copacabana fortress. Copacabana hosts one of the most famous New Year’s Eve parties in the Country, with fireworks and free music shows.
Leblon - This is a calm beach, with good infrastructure for sports and a bicycle track. It is 1,3-km long and is separated from the beach of Ipanema by Jardim de Alá – a channel connecting Rodrigo de Freitas Lake to the sea.
Prainha - It is a small beach with strong waves, one of the most favourite among surfers. Hills surrounding the beach still keep stretches of the original rich Atlantic Forest.
Grumari - Environmental conservation area with cliff walls and very strong seawaters. Grumari’s left corner is also known as Abricó.
Arpoador - Between the Copacabana Fortress and the corner of Rua Francisco Otaviano and Avenida Vieira Souto. It is famous for the huge rock which separates Copacabana and Diabo beaches from the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon. From the top of the rock, visitors enjoy one of the most beautiful views in Rio, with the Dois Irmãos Hill in the background. It is much appreciated by surfers.
Pepino - With strong waves, Pepino beach is used by hang-gliders as a landing place, as they take flight from the neighbouring Gávea Cliff.
Barra da Guaratiba - An urbanized beach, it stretches from the near coastline to the marshes of the Restinga da Marambaia. This beaches gives access to trails leading to deserted beaches, such as Inferno, Perigoso and Meio beaches. It offers guided walks.
Barra da Tijuca - Long and urbanized, with strong waves and some dangerous stretches; not recommended for the inexperienced swimmers. Much appreciated by surfers.
Pepe - It extends over a stretch of Barra da Tijuca beach just across Rua Noel Nutels, and is much appreciated by young boys and girls. This beach’s name celebrates a world free-flying champion called Pedro Paulo Carneiro Lopes, “Pepê” – who died in a hang-gliding accident in 1991.
Botafogo - An urban beach, it is quite polluted. It offers a beautiful view of the Corcovado Hill and the Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Flamengo - With calm waters, this beach is also quite polluted. It offers visitors a view of the fancy boats docked at the Glória Marina.