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Free Things To Do in Rio de Janeiro

If you have extra time, Prainha is worthwhile.
  • #4
    Ipanema Beach
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    #4 in Rio de Janeiro
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Made famous by the well-known bossa nova song, "The Girl from Ipanema," this beach has drawn tourists since the 1960s. The 2-mile stretch of sand boasts gorgeous mountain views, beautiful Brazilians and cobalt waters. While sunbathing, you'll observe wildly entertaining games of futevolei (the Brazilian version of volleyball without hands) and smell

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    Lapa
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    Lapa
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    #6 in Rio de Janeiro
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    1 to 2 hours
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    If you come to Rio to revel in samba, Lapa is the place for you. This festive neighborhood ignites at night, when locals swing their hips and sip on delectable cocktails. Brimming with rows of tapas bars, clubs and live music venues, Lapa's seductive night crawl certainly isn't lacking excitement

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  • #7
    Prainha
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    #7 in Rio de Janeiro
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Known as Brazil's "little" beach, this remote paradise  sits about 20 miles west of IpanemaBeach, but is well worth the jaunt. Prainha's magnificent shoreline features a backdrop of rolling hills and verdant rainforest. Surfers covet the killer waves, while beachgoers marvel at the gorgeous sunsets. The shore empties out during the

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  • #8
    Copacabana Beach
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    #8 in Rio de Janeiro
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    One of Rio's most popular shores, Copacabana is a public beach located in the heart of the luxurious Zona Sul neighborhood. The beach is marked bypostos, or lifeguard stands, that offer changing rooms and restrooms for a small fee. Copacabana's 2.5-mile stretch of sand runs fromPosto1 toPosto6, where you'll find

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  • #9
    Santa Teresa
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    #9 in Rio de Janeiro
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    This hilly bohemian district boasts an eclectic array of art and architecture. Strolling along Santa Teresa's cobblestone streets, you'll be enchanted by sidewalk mosaics, palatial mansions and artsy galleries. Conveniently situated just southwest of Lapa, this neighborhood offers traditional Brazilian restaurants, bars and craft stores.

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  • #10
    Barra da Tijuca
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    #10 in Rio de Janeiro
    Beaches, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Barra da Tijuca's expansive 11-mile stretch of coastline and adjacent shopping center, known toCariocasas "Barra," is popular among locals. Recent travelers say it has a more relaxed environment than the sands at Copacabana and Ipanema. Visitors enjoy the clean waters, as well as its ideal conditions for water sports like

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  • #11
    Grumari Beach
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    #11 in Rio de Janeiro
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    You won't find beachfront restaurants, luxurious hotels or plentiful kiosks here. Without them, you'll have space to stretch out on the nearly 2 miles of white and red sand. Part retreat for sun-seekers, part environmental reserve, this lovely beach is a ways away from the swooning tourists at Copacabana and Ipanema.

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