Hey Travelers! For two years of my life, I lived in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. I had the privilege of living close to both Ipanema and Leblon beaches. The beaches were (and still are) gorgeous. I went to the beach many days after work and on the weekend. In the video above, I give you one of the best Brazil Beach Walking Tours there is on there internet. In this Brazil Beach Walking Tour, I also walk through the neighborhood of Leblon to give you a taste of what it’s like outside of the beach area. Also, below are a few of my tips if you are visiting Leblon and Ipanema beaches in Rio de Janeiro.
The water in Leblon and Ipanema is beautiful, but sometimes, it can be rough. If you’re visiting the beach in Rio, it is important to pay attention to the lifeguard flags. At the beach you will see a red, yellow, or green flag. If you see a red flag, the water is rough and you should proceed with caution. A yellow flag, means you can get it, but you should still be careful. Proceed with caution. During my time in Rio, I rarely saw a green flag. But, as you can imagine, if there is a green flag, the water is safe to swim. One thing you should know about the beaches in Rio is that there are rip tides. I’ve seen many people get rescued by helicopters because they got caught in a rip tide. Be careful!
My second Brazil Beach Walking Tour tip is to leave your towels at home. In Rio, the locals take Cangas to the beach. A Canga is a light towel, almost like a sheet. It is super light weight. If you need to buy a Canga, you can usually find one on the beach pretty easily. There are vendors that walk along the beach selling them. Also, at least when I lived in Rio, there was usually a vendor that had Cangas pinned on the fence near posts 7 or 8. If you walk down Viera Souto far enough, you will run into a vendor selling Cangas.
If you are traveling to Brazil, remember the official language is Portuguese and not Spanish. Before traveling to Brazil, be sure to brush up on a few Portuguese phrases.
It might be tempting to be on the beaches in Rio at night, but I would caution against it. Once the sun goes down, I would leave the beach and enjoy other activities Rio has to offer. Robberies and theft can occur at the beach at night.
My last Brazil Beach Walking Tour tip is to have fun! Some of my best times in Rio were at the beach. I absoutely loved getting in the water, reading a book on my Canga, and ordering a Caipirinha and local Brazilian food at one of the kiosks on the boardwalk. If you get a chance to visit Rio de Janeiro’s beaches, definitely don’t let the opportunity pass you by!