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Praia do Recreio

Type: Countryside, Day Trips, Family Friendly, Great Views, Local Picks, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Activities - Summer, Public Spaces, Relaxing, Uniquely Here

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Some 40-minutes bus or cab ride away from Ipanema and Copacabana, this scenic beach is a popular hangout for surfers and body boarders. Although packed at weekends and on public holidays, it is...  Read More


  • Beaches: "Although busy at weekends and holidays, Praia do Recreio is wonderfully quiet during the working week."
  • Romantic Things to Do, Outdoor Activities, Tours and Excursions: "Avoid heading to Recreio during peak traffic times - from 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm on weekdays, as traffic bottlenecks mean the journey can take hours."
  • Best for Beaches Because: This slightly off-the-beaten-track beach is one of the most beautiful in Rio.
  • Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Blissfully quiet during the week, Recreio beach feels like a real lovers' retreat.
  • Best for Outdoor Activities Because: One of Rio's farther-flung beaches, Recreio is blissfully quiet during the work week and is a great place for surfers to hone their skills.
  • Best for Tours and Excursions Because: Praia do Recreio offers laidback sunbathing and surfing with a gorgeous backdrop. You´ll feel a world away from the big city.

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