The best thing about Barra is the beach. It stretches for 12km, with the lovely blue sea lapping at the shore. The first few kilometers of its eastern end are filled with bars and seafood restaurants.

The young and hip hang out in front of barraca (stall) No 1, in an area known as Praia do Pepê, after the famous carioca hang-gliding champion who died during a competition in Japan in 1991.