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We accidentally discovered this nice beach - so close to Rio's city but away from their madness.... - when we picked a friend up after an activity.
We decided to stay longer to enjoy the nice waves and the view. Did not regret it
This beach is lovely and not very crowded. We learned it is not good to go into the water here due to sewage issues. We really enjoyed watching the parasailers and paragliders landing on this beach since this is their designated landing spot.
Pepino beach in Sao Conrado is one of the nicest beaches in Rio. It is not as crowded as Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon, and it is closer to the Centre of Rio than the beach in Barra da Tijuca. It is a good option.