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 2 years 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 5 years ago