The Best Beaches in Brazil

5 of the best beaches in Brazil

Heading off on a trip to Brazil and can’t wait to hit the beach? Wanting to know which ones are the best so that you come back all tanned and rested from your vacation? Or maybe you want to hit up the beaches with the best outdoor activities? Here is a rundown (in no particular order) of the best beaches in Brazil that you won’t want to miss.

#1 – Ipanema Beach

A hot tourist spot in Rio de Janeiro for good reason. This beach provides its visitors with plenty of soft white sand, gentle waves, and a picturesque view of nearby mountains, Dois Irmãos, that reside at the western end of the beach. The sands are perfect to play volleyball, football, or even footvolley on, a local combination of the two sports.

It is located in the South Zone and is well-equipped with shops, clubs, theaters, and more. Beer and cachaça, a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, are also served freely to all beachgoers.   The sands of Ipanema are wedged in between the Copacabana beach and the Leblon beach.

Ipanema Beach Sunset

#2 – Copacabana Beach

Continuing on next door to Ipanema Beach is the Copacabana beach, and is likely one of the most popular and well-known beaches in the world. In the heart of the city, this beach has it all. A long stretch of boardwalk with shops and amenities, and a festival area for the many festivals and events that Rio celebrates, such as the annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

A great beach to visit for those who are also intrigued by the local history. Each end of the 4 km stretch of sand is enclosed with a historic fort. The first fort, Fort Copacabana, was built in 1914 and is located at the south end by Posto Seis, while the second one, Fort Duque de Caxias, was built in 1779 and resides at the north end of the beach.

Copacabana Beach Aerial

#3 – Lopes Mendes Beach

This particular beach is located on an island called the Ilha Grande and resides off the coast of Rio de Janeiro and is great for those who want a more remote location that gives a little more peace and quiet. Since the original purpose of the island was as a leper colony, there are no roads or vehicles on the island and minimal development.

On this island, you will not only enjoy all the beach has to offer, but also enjoy the surrounding rainforest that is a short distance from the boat drop-off and holds some of the world’s endangered species, such as the brown howler monkey.

Lopes Mendes Beach

#4 – Pipa Beach

Originally a small fishing town, the town of Pipa grew over the years due to its active sea life of turtles, dolphins, and thanks to its clear, refreshing waters. With its beautiful views of surrounding cliffs and surrounding local homes and shops, it is a hot spot for any visitor to enjoy a pleasant time.

Located 85 kilometers from the city of Natal, the capital city of the state of Rio Grande do Norte which is known for natural surroundings. You can enjoy a day relaxing on the beach or take to the waters for some great surfing or snorkeling.

Pipa Beach

#5 – Jericoacoara Beach

Situated in the resort town, Jericoacoara, in the eastern state of Ceará, this beach is hidden behind a network of sand dunes, which must be trekked through to reach your ultimate destination of soft sands and turquoise waters, including freshwater lagoons. Relax in one of the many hammocks that are positioned on the edge of sand and water.

Here you can not only have a relaxing time on the beach but can also visit the Jericoacoara National Park and watch the sunset from the apropos-named dune, Sunset Dune. Nicknamed Jeri Beach you will find a lot to do on the Rua Principal, the main stretch of road, including a variety of restaurants and an exciting nightlife.

Brazil is known for its vibrant way of life, from food and drinks to its beach and sunny weather. Visiting this country and not taking the time to go to one of its many famous beaches is simply not allowed. Whatever you desire to see or do, Brazil has a beach for you.

Jericoacoara Beach