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Prainha Beach is a secluded half-moon-shaped beach, bordered on each side by rocks and high cliffs. It is one of the best surfing spots in Rio, and may be reached by car or by the orange "surf bus" that passes through Copacabana and Ipanema.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Zona Oeste (West Zone)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Considered a wild beach best for surfers, no buildings around this unspoiled wonderful surfing beach. If you're a surfer this beach is a must for you. if you are not a surfer you can sit on one of the rustic bars and drink a wonderful...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank christiandC6093QC
Reviewed 9 September 2019

Beautiful beach located close to Barra da Tijuca Beach, walking distance, very good service on the beach, quiet not crowded, great to relax far a way from city Center.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank alshamv
Reviewed 9 August 2019

Beyond the best known beaches in Rio, you will find this local gem, about 1 hour away from the town center, abutting a tropical forest and with great waves.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank EvanBocaFL
Reviewed 31 July 2019

Nice beach in small bay/cove. But so photographic with the variety of very large boulders scattered around shoreline!! 2 eateries there also.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank A-Monty65
Reviewed 6 July 2019 via mobile

Nice place, outside mainstream have what i think are the best landscape views. Also good for surfing

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Rafasferreira
Reviewed 9 June 2019

For me it is the best beach in Rio. Small, far from the city, surrounded by mountains of green vegetation. You can get there only by car. It is worth a car rent. Visit it along Grumari beach.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Luciana G
Reviewed 27 May 2019

This is very far to visit from downtown or south zone. So if you want to enjoy without problems, wake up very early and go. The beach is sometimes with big waves!!! But the road to their is so beautiful

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 29 April 2019

This beach we were told is surfers paradise. A small "private" type beach , away from the masses of people , lovely setting , close to a great restaurant . Current a little strong but I still had a nice swim

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Andre' H
Reviewed 15 January 2019 via mobile

It is an hour drive away from the Copacabana but totally worth it if you are after sone piece and quite, turquoise waters. We took an Uber and was 77 real from the Copacabana. Beach was nice, chilled, less crowded. During the weekend can get...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank mtamics
Reviewed 20 November 2018

To enjoy this beach well arrive early, as the number of visitors is limited. Take sunscreen and some drinks and food and enjoy a clean beach with pristine nature around you.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Mauricio L
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Vladimir S
20 July 2018|
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Response from HikeinRio | Reviewed this property |
whats up, I lived in recreio and it's very nice to go through the road, or nowadays uber can take you, but I like to walk with myself, enjoying the way, is much like safe and never heard about bad incidents, really rare... More
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Indian dance A
27 October 2017|
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Response from Rubpy | Reviewed this property |
Sure you can. Go there and enjoy.
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James B
25 March 2015|
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Response from PedroM0 | Reviewed this property |
The place is a bit secluded, suggest you look for hotels in Barra region as most of those will be able to arrange transportation to and from Prainha.