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Barra da Tijuca
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Ipanema and Copacabana may be Rio´s most famous beaches, but its longest stretch of sand is actually the less famous Praia da Barra da Tijuca, to be found in a wealthy suburb some 30-40 minutes´ bus... Read More
Ipanema and Copacabana may be Rio´s most famous beaches, but its longest stretch of sand is actually the less famous Praia da Barra da Tijuca, to be found in a wealthy suburb some 30-40 minutes´ bus or cab ride from central Rio. This pristine curve of white sand stretches for some 15 kilometers and is blissfully quiet during the working week. Even on sun-soaked weekends, when beachgoers are packed like sardines onto Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, there´s plenty of room for tanning and socializing at Barra (pronounced baa-ha). The beach is frequented largely by young and lovely residents of this exclusive neighborhood, and surfing and watersports are popular pursuits.
Avenida Lucio Costa
Rio de Janeiro,
- Beaches: "Barra da Tijuca was the site for Rio's 2016 Olympic Village and gained a long-awaited metro station just in time for the games. Shoppers will find it worth the metro ride for the mega-malls that line the wide avenues."
- Best for Beaches Because: Barra da Tijuca stretches for around eight miles, making it easily the city's longest beach.
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