The home of the 2016 Olympics, colourful carnivals and the world-famous Christ the Redeemer Statue; welcome to Rio de Janeiro. What else is Rio loved for? The beautiful untouched beaches! The city has a variety of flawless beaches that will leave you breathless, and just looking at the photos will convince you to fly to Rio de Janeiro with TAP Portugal immediately.


One of the most famous beaches in Rio de Janeiro is Copacabana, and this should definitely make its way onto your itinerary. You can find it in the shadows made by Sugarloaf Mountain and is a 4-km long beach full of activity and fun. While it is the most popular beach for tourists, it’s a great spot to make the most of the Brazilian sun and go people watching. With kiosks and opportunities to grab a beer or a snack every few metres along this stretch of flawless sand, you can’t forget the most talked about beach in the world.

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach is another popular option in the city, but the excitingly busy beach is what people fall in love with. Complemented with beautiful views of the Two Brothers Mountain and cool water, it can be easy to spend hours at this desirable beach. It is considered a very urban beach, so the busier the better. The beach is lined with palm trees making it a beautiful experience and is a great opportunity to meet other interesting people around the world.

Red Beach

If you’re looking for a fairly quiet beach and a beautiful place to escape the crowds, Red Beach is the place to go. You can find in tucked away at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain in a quiet village called Urca. This beach is the perfect opportunity for people looking for some quietness and a wonderful opportunity to soak up the sun while relaxing by a calm ocean. Check it out here.

Joatinga Beach

Joatinga Beach is one of the most incredible beaches in Rio de Janeiro, it is a hidden paradise. It is a secluded beach that is absolutely worth the effort of getting to! The white sands and calm waters are definitely dreamy and don’t forget the camera as you’ll kick yourself… there are plenty of photo opportunities here. There is also a small beach bar serving alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks – you can really spend the whole day here.

Flamengo Beach

Flamengo Beach is known for being popular with the health and fitness enthusiasts. It’s a very popular beach with the locals and boasts an incredible view of Sugarloaf Mountain. Here you can expect to find sunbathers, fishermen and locals enjoying sports and other activities… and as the sun goes down, the activities continue throughout the night. It’s a wide stretch of beach that is pristine! You don’t want to go home without seeing this beach.

Grumari Beach

Another hidden treasure in Rio de Janeiro is Grumari Beach which is home to roughly 46 plants that are in danger of extinction. The 2.5km beach is pristine, quiet and simply stunning. With it being practically untouched and a variety of seafood restaurants nearby, it makes a fantastic day trip out when exploring Rio de Janeiro.

We could go on and on about all of the stunning beaches in Rio de Janeiro but these are just a few of our favourites. Looking at the photos makes it more difficult to resist booking those flights to Rio de Janeiro with TAP Portugal.