Located between Barra da Tijuca and Leblon beaches, São Conrado is a beautiful stretch of beach known for paragliding and hang gliding. Also popular with surfers, currents are strong and waves can reach up to 150 meters. In the hills above the beach is the Favela of Rocinha, the largest slum in Rio (guided tours available), and nearby is the Sao Conrado Fashion Mall. Watch out for pollution.
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Praia de Sao Conrado is just around the corner from the popular beaches of Ipanema & Leblon. This beach is the place to go if you prefer a quieter beach. The neighbourhood of Sao Conrado is an upscale and generally safe. Close to the beach is the Fashion Mall, which has several good restaurants and Boutique style shops. Sao Conrado is the place to be if you like eco-tourism as it is the only...