Ipanema Rio's most famous beach has volleyball games, food and drink vendors, and inviting waves.

Copacabana Planted with high-rises and framed by mountains, curving Copacabana Beach is truly magnificent.

Praia Vermelha Hidden near the cable-car station to Pão de Açúcar, this tiny beach boasts a magnificent panorama.

Barra da Tijuca A picturesque, seemingly endless stretch of sand located west of Leblon.

Prainha Good surf and a striking setting of rainforest-backed beachfront with little development in sight.