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Prainha

Swim in the secluded bay, hike up into the wooded hills and dine on the fruits of the sea at beachside restaurants at this beach, one of Rio’s best kept secrets. 

While Rio de Janeiro is world famous for its two main beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema, one of the city’s most scenic beaches is in the remote area of Prainha. Located at the far west end of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, Prainha is a preserved section of rainforest that includes 766 yards (700 meters) of secluded sand, known as Prainha Beach. Make the effort to get to this peaceful beach, a favorite amongst expert surfers and Rio residents keen to avoid the crowds.

Start the day with a swim in the secluded bay. Watch the surfers riding the waves, which reach up to 10 feet (3 meters). Along the shoreline, look out for locals playing frescobol, which is a combination between beach volleyball and table tennis.

If you feel yourself getting sunburned, seek shelter at one of the small restaurants located behind the beach and sample seafood fresh from the nearby waters. Or, head inland to explore the cool rainforest. Climb to the top of one of the hills that shelters Prainha Beach from the surrounding area on a guided hike and enjoy the views over the bay. Bring insect repellent, as mosquitoes are common in the rainforest.

During the weekend, Prainha Beach can get surprisingly crowded, given its remote location. If you are hoping to escape the crowds of Rio’s more centrally located beaches, visit Prainha Beach on a weekday, when it is often nearly empty. Regardless of the day, make sure to arrive in the morning, since the beach lies in the shadow of the hills in the afternoon.

Prainha is located about 22 miles (35 kilometers) west of Ipanema Beach. The easiest way to arrive at Prainha is to drive, as there is a large parking lot along the beach. Otherwise, grab your beach towel and hop aboard the Surf Bus, which runs between downtown Rio and Prainha Beach several times a day, stopping at various beaches and beachfront hotels along the way.


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Lodging Near Prainha

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Ramada Rio de Janeiro Recreio $39
Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019
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Ramada Rio de Janeiro Recreio

Ramada Rio de Janeiro Recreio

19021 Das Americas Avenue, Rio de Janeiro
     
    4.3 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Good front desk people property far away from city good clean hotel good staff

    Rio Surf N Stay - Hostel
    Reviewed on Jan 29, 2016
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    Rio Surf N Stay - Hostel

    Rio Surf N Stay - Hostel

    Raimundo Veras, 1140, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      3.6 of 5
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Good hostel for a pure surfer & relaxer.

      Apartment NEW Recreio - Beaches, Reserves and Trails
      Apartment NEW Recreio - Beaches, Reserves and Trails

      Apartment NEW Recreio - Beaches, Reserves and Trails

      Recreio dos Bandeirantes, RJ
         
        0.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Casa do Pontal Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Macumba Beach and Recreio Shopping Center. Pontal Beach and Prainha Municipal Natural Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Apartment With Complete Infrastructure Near the Beach and Recreio Shopping
        Apartment With Complete Infrastructure Near the Beach and Recreio Shopping

        Apartment With Complete Infrastructure Near the Beach and Recreio Shopping

        Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          0.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly apartment building is located in Rio de Janeiro (Recreio dos Bandeirantes), close to Recreio Shopping Center, Macumba Beach, and Pontal Beach. Also nearby are Posto 12 and Prainha.

          Coverage - Aparthotel, sea Front, Swimming Pool, Sauna and Covered Garage
          Coverage - Aparthotel, sea Front, Swimming Pool, Sauna and Covered Garage

          Coverage - Aparthotel, sea Front, Swimming Pool, Sauna and Covered Garage

          Rio de janeiro, RJ
             
            0.0 out of 5.0

            This beachfront apartment building is located in Rio de Janeiro (Recreio dos Bandeirantes), close to Macumba Beach, Pontal Beach, and Posto 12. Also nearby are Recreio Shopping Center and Chico Mendes Municipal Park.

            New Flat Duplex Penthouse and Pool
            New Flat Duplex Penthouse and Pool

            New Flat Duplex Penthouse and Pool

            Recreio dos Bandeirantes, RJ
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this property is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Recreio Shopping Center and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Macumba Beach. Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach and Casa do Pontal Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              My Favorite Place. Holidays all Year Round
              My Favorite Place. Holidays all Year Round

              My Favorite Place. Holidays all Year Round

              Recreio dos Bandeirantes, RJ
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pontal Beach and Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Macumba Beach and Recreio Shopping Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Gohouse - Henfil 1808
                Gohouse - Henfil 1808

                Gohouse - Henfil 1808

                Avenida Henfil 101, Apt. 1808, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Recreio Shopping Center and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach. Macumba Beach and Pontal Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).