Stunning Beaches in Rio De Janeiro You Never Knew Existed

Joatinga | © vitormarigo/Shutterstock
Sarah Brown

The beach is home to many of Brazil’s cultural symbols; the bikini, beautiful people and flip flops, to name a few – and it’s part of the carefree lifestyle. Beaches such as Copacabana made it mainstream years ago, yet there are many spellbinding beaches that have slipped under the radar, hidden gems for those that seek them out. Here are some of Rio’s beaches that you probably haven’t heard of.


Part of the charm of Joatinga is its slightly tricky accessibility that makes it feel all the more exclusive and worth the journey there. Follow the short, winding trail that leads from the road through the forest before opening out onto the white sandy shores of Joatinga. For a tiny beach, its beauty creates a huge impact with the bluest of blue waters and a lush forest border. The little bay is perfect for swimming in the cleanest part of Rio’s ocean with neat, inviting waves for surfing.

Joatinga, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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