10 Beaches in State of Rio de Janeiro That You Shouldn't Miss

March 17, 2022 Timmy Ribble

Rio de Janeiro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁi.u dʒi ʒɐˈnejɾu]) is one of the 27 federative units of Brazil. It has the second largest economy of Brazil, with the largest being that of the state of São Paulo.

1. Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia

4 Km from the City Center, Arraial do Cabo, State of Rio de Janeiro 28930-000 Brazil
Excellent
83%
Good
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Satisfactory
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5.0 based on 6,021 reviews

Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia

Reviewed By marcusrjr - Sao Paulo, Brazil

You can get to this beach by boat (average R$ 10 per person) or walking(this option you will need to enter Pontal do Atalaia by taxi or R$ 20 per car). It can be really crowded, you better arrive early and avoid weekends. Tje san is brigjt white and the sea is really blue. The water is very cold though. ( in Arraial do Cabo all of the beaches have a really cold water). This is the beach where there is a famous stair that evertbody takes some pictures. Please follow us on instagram: @mapamunditravel

2. Farol Beach

Arraial do Cabo, State of Rio de Janeiro 28930-000 Brazil +55-22-99815-7771 http://www.arraial.rj.gov.br/
Excellent
89%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
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5.0 based on 4,546 reviews

Farol Beach

Reviewed By marcusrjr - Sao Paulo, Brazil

This was my favourite beach in Arraial do Cabo.You can only get to this beach by boat (average R$ 10 per person). It can get crowded so, you better arrive early and avoid weekends. There are no restaurants or sellers and you also cant bring food. Thensand is bright white and the sea is really blue. You have an amazing voew of fhe mountains , what make the landscape even more beautifil.The water is very cold though. ( in Arraial do Cabo all of the beaches have a really cold water) Please follow us on instagram: @mapamunditravel

3. Saco do Mamangua Beach

Estrada Parati Mirim Pedreira Praia do Engenho, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970-000 Brazil
Excellent
84%
Good
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Satisfactory
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5.0 based on 765 reviews

Saco do Mamangua Beach

Reviewed By NewWorldSurfer - San Francisco, United States

Like most special places in the World, you pay dues to get there. If it is too easy it is ruined by overcrowding and inconsiderate people. The big issue here is the last 5 kilometers of the "road" to Paraty Mirim. Heavily washboarded and lots of mud. We made it in a rental car but if was rainy would be very easy to get stuck in the shin deep mud. 4X4 better, with higher ground clearance but lots do it in regular cars. Parking 20R for the day. The boatman would not go lower than 250R return despite dozens of boats and not so many customers. We are FIT travellers and refuse to go on tours with groups. This was true even before the Wuhan plague but all the more critical now. We did see the small bus so you can do it the cheap way for less than the cost of parking. The main beach was soso and crowded. You must hire boat to get to the world class beaches in the Saco (fjord) of Mamangua itself. The drive first suggested taking us to a beach with a restaurant which we declined. We bring our own cooler with food and deinks and asked for the best beach (which means undeveloped). Euginho Beach did not disappoint. Freshwater stream emerging from pile of rounbded rocks which meets the sea and very pristine sand , HUGE shade tree and restroom are only "facilities". and reef.

4. Geriba Beach

Rua dos Buzios, Armacao dos Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro 28950-000 Brazil
Excellent
50%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 7,184 reviews

Geriba Beach

The great waves at this large, open beach make it popular for surfing and windsurfing.

Reviewed By doctornaz - Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

If you come to Búzios, this is one of the beaches you might want to visit. It is long, windy and has fine hot sand, where burying your feet just feels nice. There's a serving shack, it is somewhat expensive but still worth it, since you can buy a couple beers and sit on their chairs with umbrellas.

5. Lopes Mendes Beach

Angra Dos Reis, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 5,714 reviews

Lopes Mendes Beach

Reviewed By ElaineE24 - Dublin, Ireland

One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to. You can get a taxi boat out from Abroaa to Pousa ( 25 real) and from there it’s a 15 minute walk through the jungle to get here. White sandy beaches and crystal blue water will greet you on arrival! Be prepared it gets quite busy but you can walk much further down the beach to get a quiet spot. They also have lifeguards working. They don’t have any facilities on the beach so make sure you pack a picnic and some beers.

6. Lagoa Azul

Angra Dos Reis, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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4.5 based on 2,731 reviews

Lagoa Azul

Reviewed By Judamatta

It’s of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Take goggles or rent with your tour company, it is totally worth it. You will see different types of sea life including turtles and starfish!

7. Itacoatiara Beach

Avenida Beira Mar, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 3,856 reviews

Itacoatiara Beach

Reviewed By 852ralphc

This beach is stunning with awesome views in any direction. Weekdays are the best time to go as it is busy on the weekends. A very special and relaxing afternoon was enjoyed by all on a quiet weekday...

8. Praia do Pero

Rua Praia do Pero 1199, Cabo Frio, State of Rio de Janeiro 28921-226 Brazil
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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4.5 based on 1,849 reviews

Praia do Pero

9. Sao Goncalo Beach

Rodovia Rio Santos, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970-000 Brazil
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 682 reviews

Sao Goncalo Beach

10. Praia do Cachadaco

Teste, Trindade, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 3,942 reviews

Praia do Cachadaco

Reviewed By wetandhappy - Poole, United Kingdom

This amazing beach was all we wanted. We plonked ourselves at a cafe/restaurant half way down the beach - the first. They were really helpful- left us to chill and looked after our needs when we needed them- they helped with translation as our Portuguese was/is poor ???? We had the most wonderful lunch- a huge and whole fish, salad, rice washed down with some great cocktails. I also spent a lot of the time in the sea enjoying the force of nature. We caught a bus with the locals from Paraty and had a great day overall. Recommend this to get away from it all ????

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