Find out what the best beaches in Brazil are as awarded by millions of real travelers.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
From its bustling beaches to the outrageous Carnival, Rio de Janeiro is a city that knows how to entertain, day or night. Travel through Tijuca National Park to Corcovado Mountain's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car up Sugar Loaf for more views. Explore Brazilian history at the Municipal Theatre, Praca Quinze and former presidential residence, Catete Palace. Try hang gliding, surfing or a game at Maracana Soccer Stadium. Or just chill with a caipirinha on the sand.
Natal, perched on Brazil's Atlantic coast, at the mouth of the Potengi River, is the gateway to the stunning beaches of Rio Grande do Norte. Escape the bustle at secluded Pipa and Pirangi beaches or live it up at lively Genipabu and Tibau do Sul. Kitesurfing is the sport of choice in Natal—brave the wind and let a gust tug you over the waves. Marvel at the majestic sand dunes while enjoying one of Natal’s 300 sunny days of the year.
If there’s a "beach economy," Buzios is its Wall Street. Its more than 20 beaches, world-class galleries, clubs and boutiques draw an elite set of travelers. Surfers love Geriba Beach, snorkelers enjoy Ferruda, hip Ossos Beach offers upscale beachside cafes and laid-back Ilhabela Beach offers a more down-to-earth Buzios experience.
With 42 beaches to choose from—including the clothing-optional Praia da Galheta—you can ride the bus to a different beach each day of your stay in Florianopolis. The capital of Santa Catarina is all about sun, surf and sand. Travelers recommend Praia Mole any time of year for swimming, surfing and relaxing in deck chairs with an order of shrimp and beer.
Paraty is speckled with gorgeous beaches that spill into warm blue-green waters. It’s an ideal escape for snorkelers and divers who love acttion under the water and tranquility on the beach. Framed by mountains and rainforests, the sandy stretches of Paraty are like snapshots of perfect, sunny days.
Renowned for its African-influenced cuisine, music and architecture, Salvador is known as "the Capital of Joy," because of its exuberant week-long Carnival celebrations. Mingle, splash, swim and dive with beautiful Brazilians on one of the city's postcard-perfect beaches. The site of Brazil's first European settlement, Porto da Barra is ideal for swimming, while Farol da Barra boasts a picturesque lighthouse.
Surfers, kitesurfers and sun-lovers have made their way to the former fishing town of Jericoacoara and its eponymous beach on the north coast of Brazil. The wind whipping the shore is ideal for windsurfers and makes the heat more tolerable. Grab a fresh cocktail and watch the sun go down in this corner of paradise.
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
An hour or two south of Recife, Porto de Galinhas was made for the not-so-extreme tourist. Raves one traveler, "It's what it doesn't have that makes it great:" no heavy traffic, no nightlife to speak of. Explore the natural tidal pools that form in the reef, feeding fish that swim all around you; or ride a dune buggy to romantic Muro Alto beach. Or skip all that and doze in a hammock by the warm, green, clear Atlantic.
Ilha Grande, Brazil
West of Rio de Janeiro is Ilha Grande, a car-free island whose 20-plus beaches are well worth the effort to reach them. Lopes Mendes Beach in particular receives rave reviews; whether you arrive by boat or by a morning's hike, visitors report that it's utterly amazing, with white sands and enormous waves.
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
An escape to the off-the-beaten-path Brazilian island of Tinharé rewards patient vacationers with the five stunning beaches of Morro de Sao Paolo. Send the adrenaline spiking with a heart-pumping cruise down a zipline at First Beach. Then spend the early evening at Second Beach, gawking at locals practicing capoeira, the famous Brazilian fighting style that combines martial arts with dance and music. Divers and snorkelers adore the colorful reefs off of Third Beach and Fourth Beach, while Encanto Beach, "beach of enchantment,” is aptly named.