Rio de Janeiro Beaches

Rio de Janeiro Beaches are Carioca´s backyard.

Yes! The beaches in Rio are the places where Cariocas (people who are born in Rio) get together on the weekends or even during the week after work. Specially during the summer months when it´s too hot at Rio de Janeiro Beaches. I´m writing this page in January and today it´s 35 degrees celcius! Sun is setting by 7.30pm. So we have time to go home, change clothes and go for a swim!

Plenty to do at Rio de Janeiro Beaches!

Soccer, beach volleyball, surffing, stand-up paddle and futevolei – that uniquely Brazilian combination of volleyball played with football-style rules (no hands allowed!) just to name a few. Usually played by men, we have 4 players, 2 on each side of the net, as you can see.

Futvolei at Ipanema Beach

Copacabana Beach in Rio.

Copacabana is situated in one of the most populated areas in Rio de Janeiro. The beach itself stretches from Princesa Isabel Avenue to Posto Seis (six, in English), which is a landmark easily found at the footpath of Rio de Janeiro beaches.

Ipanema and Leblon Beaches in Rio.

If I had to choose 2 of the most famous (and pretty!) Rio de Janeiro beaches they would be Ipanema and Leblon. We can say that the most expensive places like restaurants and shopping centers are located by these two beaches. They are located on the same coast as you can see on the map below and you can even say that they are the same beach! We simply change the name. It works like that: we have Copacabana then Ipanema. When you see the canal, which conects the ocean to the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagon, then Copacabana is over and we have the beggining of Leblon´s beach. On the map you see the little blue line in between the names Praia do Leblon and Praia de Ipanema. This is the land mark which separates both beaches.

Ipanema and Leblon in Rio.


On this picture you can see the canal which separates Ipanema from Leblon. You also see a small part of the Lagon.


Canal separating Ipanema from Leblon