In the West part of town, not far from Barra da Tijuca and about an hour from downtown, Recreio dos Bandeirantes (or Recreio as the locals call it) is a white sand beach and clear waters, popular with surfers and locals. During low tide, there's a nice walk to a rocky hill, an easy climb for amazing views. Beyond the beach is a neighborhood of low-rise condominiums of the same name with its fair share of bars and restaurants. Nearby is the Chico Mendes Park and Prainha beach.
Added 11 months ago
Went there today by bike from estação Jardim oceânico. It gorgeous, I'm certain coming back, very local atmosphere with blue waters and beautiful views.
Added 3 years ago