1. Praia Vermelha
What is it? This little beach at the base of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) and Morro da Urca (Hill of Urca) is particularly Jurassic-looking, with a dramatic backdrop, exotic vegetation and coarse reddish sand.
Why go? It ties in perfectly with a trip to Sugarloaf, which towers over the beach. The sheltered bay and calm waters make this a popular spot for canoeing and stand-up surf paddling. And as it’s located within a military area, the beach is known one as of Rio’s safest.