Barra da Tijuca Beach

Barra Beach, the Largest in Rio is Perfect for Water Sports

‘Barra da Tijuca Beach’ or simply Barra beach is the biggest and cleanest in Rio. Its clear, green waters, attracts not only surfers but other beach enthusiasts from all over the world. A cab drive to the beach from Copacabana takes only twenty minutes. Barra is a splendid beach that is very crowded on weekends and holidays, but you sure can find an isolated spot to spend the evening.


Learn to Surf at Barra Beach

The Barra beach is unruffled on weekdays but is rather crazy during the scorching summer weekends. Towards the end of the beach, the sea water is more or less tranquil enabling kids to have a whale of a time. The beach is an enticement for water-sport fans especially surfers, kite-surfers and windsurfers.

Barra beach hosts championships for these sports both national as well as international several times in a year. Numerous surfing schools offer classes that are relatively inexpensive. You don’t have to worry about the language as most instructors speak English.

Barraca do Pepe

Besides restaurants, there are numerous tents or ‘barracas’ (in Portuguese) that serve food and refreshments. ‘Barraca do Pepe’ also called ‘Pepe’s Cabin’ is a trendy place on Barra beach where the Cariocas flock for lunch or snacks. It is called so to honor Pepe, a surfing champ and a pioneer in hang gliding who unfortunately died during a contest in Japan. The locals haunt this cabin especially during summer from December to March to relish their favorite conventional sandwiches and soft drinks.

Getting to Barra

Many buses pass along Copacabana beach, Leblon, Ipanema and Rio’s downtown, so it’s easy to reach Barra beach. Nonetheless, most of the buses do not ply the entire stretch of the coastline, so you will have to alight at one of the backstreets and walk a small distance. Once you reach the beach, there are a lot of things you can do. There are cinemas, nightclubs, gourmet restaurants and fine shopping.

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