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- I had a great time in Brazil Rio de Janeiro I injoy the cruses and the boats ride, and the beaches and sight seeing was nice I would like to return somedayWritten July 28, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Perfect for long walks. Not too much to do on the way / beach. More south, lesser building, more nature / birds.Written May 28, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great place to watch the sunset with a caipirinha in your glass. Friendly people, great ambiance, great view. Can definitely recommend the caipirinhas ❤️Written August 3, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Rio De Janeiro - Between 2002 - 2010
Rio de Janeiro has long been considered one of the most beautiful and hedonistic cities on the planet. The green forested mountains make a dramatic vista with the many beaches in the background, and to make it undeniably stunning is the Christ the Redeemer statue sitting on top of the mountain, and Pao de Acucar( Sugar loaf mountain) in the opposite direction.
Ardent defenders say that Rio is misunderstood, and in some ways, it is a city of contradictions. Rio may have more than 20 miles of white sand beaches, but it is not a resort. Brazilians may be among the world's most amiable, affectionate people, but the criminals among them can be cunning. Visitors should be prudent.
Adventurous travelers who arrive prepared for both the problems and the joys of this country will find Rio a pleasure, especially if they speak a little Portuguese. Even broken Portuguese is warmly received, and a little Spanish or French can also help.
My favourite beach hang out was Copacabana, with four kilometres of sand, with the bronze bodies soaking up the sun, and the beach vendors relentlessly accosting tourist in the hope of making a sale, not forgetting the countless games of football and volleyball being played until darkness sets in.
The most unmistakable feature on Copacabana beach is the black and white wave of paint design on the promenade. One must not forget Ipanema beach which attracts the who is who in Rio, dressed and undressed, sporting the Brazilian tan, as only the locals can do.
Finally, to appreciate this magnificent city, one must climb atop the Corcovado and gaze below with views of little boats elegantly afloat in the water, the neon lights along Via Atlantica avenue, and the tiny figures strolling, playing, or resting on Copacabana beach. This creates a spectacular sight that is beyond what I could ever imagine. As I made my way down to Copacabana beach, refreshing wafts of cool sea breeze made the night air bearable on this perfect moonlit night. When I got down to street level, I turned around and gazed at the stature of Christ the Redeemer, which looms above the city’s silhouette, and one will openly agree that is one of the most stunning cities on this planet.
Safety and security.
Since this was the fifth of my many visits to Brazil, I was aware of the security concerns. Unfortunately, I did not carry my SLR camera, which was a huge disappointment, but better be safe than sorry. Leave your expensive photo equipment behind and opt for a cheap camera. The expensive watches and elaborate chains, and bracelets should be left in the hotel room. Snatch and grab gangs operate in most parts of the city and beaches, with emphasis directed at the unsuspecting tourist who drop their guard at times. I witnessed a couple of snatches and grab episodes, which left the owners in a fit of uncontrollable anger and sadness.Written August 14, 2022
- This is a lovely beach to visit if it isn't crowded. I found it to be less of a headache than Copacabana and less busy than Ipanema. It is one of the areas you should check out and explore when you first arrive in Rio so it stands out a bit in your memory.Written December 31, 2020
- Chilled-out, secluded beach spot. The only drawback is that cell phone reception is very bad so it's hard to get an Uber when it's time to leave. The restaurant near the entrance will let you use their internet though.Written June 26, 2022
- we have been to fabulous " Rio " three times... this City has lots of entry. Next to Ipanema Beach , Leblon Beach is directly connected to it. This is the upper class neighborhood. The beach is wide, always clean ( Rio has special Beach Cleaning Crews, Dressed in a green uniform ) . Come early when it is not too crowded. Since you are close to Ipanema is the Bar/ Restaurant " Garota de Ipanema " where the song " the Girl from Ipanema was composed... check out this fantastic setting... enjoy Rio and Leblon Beach...Written May 16, 2021
- Overall, Vermelha Beach aka the red beach is an underrated beach with amazing views and is another worthwhile place to visit for those in the area.
It is literally within walking distance of the Sugarloaf cable car, and could be a nice place to check out before or after going up the mountain.
Compared to more popular beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, it calmer and more relaxing vibe. Vendors aren't as aggressive and the beach is even quieter on weekdays.
It also doesn't hurt that it is located right next to a military base and police headquarter - perhaps giving the tourist an extra sense of security.
To get a better idea of vibe on the beach - check out my Sugarloaf Mountain video on my Youtube channel by clicking the link in my bi.Written December 5, 2019
- Just a laid back surfers paradise...plenty of good waves home of Brazilian surfing legend Daniel Freidman..easy going no rushWritten September 28, 2021
- Don´t go very late during the weekends and holidays! The water is so blue but sometimes the waves are big!Written May 27, 2019
- Almost private beach not known to many people, is mainly used by locals , so excellent to feel like a Carioca !Written October 10, 2019
- There is hardly many people here but it's a beautiful beach, not very well known but hidden gem in RioWritten December 6, 2020
- If you're curious about old Rio, this is as close as you can get and it's onle about 40 minutes away from the city by ferry boat. It's easily done in a day and totally worth it.Written June 21, 2017
- It is beautiful and easy to get there! The beach has a lot of tent for food and drinks, you can see people selling things in the beach too!
You should prove mate and shrimps in the beach!Written June 13, 2022
- Our tour stopped here for a few minutes. We saw many families eating picnics. There are great views of the bay and Sugarloaf mountain. We saw some bicycle paths. We were told that the swimming is not good here.Written April 14, 2019
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