Best Beaches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Map featuring Rio de Janeiro beaches. Click on pins to view beach details
  • Ipanema Beach

    Ipanema Beach
    Juliana Lopes

    The mere mention of the name Ipanema Beach conjures thoughts of a perfect tropical setting, beautiful bronzed bodies, acres of powder-white sand and the alluring ocean blue. You won't be disappointed, except for the setting, because Rio's southern latitude - just north of the Tropic of Capricorn - means it is merely sub-tropical. However, that… read more »

  • Copacabana Beach

    Copacabana Beach
    © Paulo Duarte

    Perhaps the world's most famous length of coastline, Copacabana Beach lies to the south of central Rio de Janeiro. Lined with the restaurants, bars, shops, and high-rise homes of Avenida Atlantica's wavy black and white paving, Copacabana Beach continues on for no less than four kilometres of sun-drenched sands.

    The beach is demarked by historic forts… read more »

  • Arpoador Beach

    Arpoador Beach
    Rodrigo Soldon

    Arpoador Beach can be found in Rio de Janeiro's southern zone, on a small peninsula between the much more famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Meaning ‘harpoon thrower', its eastern end forms a spit of land that juts out into the waves.

    It's this spit that makes Arpoador Beach one of the best… read more »