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Av. Estado Guanabara

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Free

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Beaches, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Atmosphere

Known as Brazil's "little" beach, this remote paradise  sits about 20 miles west of Ipanema Beach, 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 weekdays (particularly during Brazil's winter — June to September), making Prainha a great alternative to other tourist-laden beaches. However, swimmers and surfers take note: currents are strong and there are no lifeguards.

Recent travelers love the quieter, more local vibe at Prainha, especially in the offseason. While the beach boats plenty of sunbathing spots, visitors recommend bringing your own food and drink as the area lacks nearby restaurants and the options that are available tend to be overpriced. The best way to get there is by car, since the beach is about 13 miles west of downtown Rio. 

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