Prainha Beach

One Of the Best Surfing Spots With a Beautiful Natural Background

Situated to the west of Rio de Janeiro, is the tranquil, exotic and clean Prainha Beach. You have to pass the beaches of Recreio, Pontal and Macumba to reach here. Prainha is a small beach sandwiched between mountains and is regarded as one of the best surfing spots in Rio.

Prainha Beach

White Sands and Huge Waves

Enclosed by the beautiful green hills of Rio’s rainforests, Prainha beach portrays white sands and astounding scenery. The local population is very gracious like the other Cariocas. The rocks and lofty cliffs in this region cause huge waves that rise up to 3 meters suitable only to experienced surfers. Carry your surfboard along as the closest place to rent one is some miles away.

‘Surf Bus’ to Prainha

Most crowded on weekends, Prainha is virtually desolate on weekdays. You’ll be lucky if you can spot some celebrities, as this is a much-loved location for film production crews who shoot the popular soap operas of Brazil.

To reach Prainha, public transport is not available, so you will have to rent a car. However, the best option to reach the beach is by the ‘surf bus’ which is specially designed to take about 30 passengers along with their surfboards. The bus takes off from Flamengo to Botafogo and passes Copacabana towards Ipanemna and Leblon. It then continues to Sao Conrado and stops at Barra going via Recreio and finally reaches Prainha. The bus is available every 3 hours starting at 7 am and then 10 am. In the afternoon it leaves at 13.00 and 16.00 hours. You can also return by the surf bus, the first one starting at 08.30 and 11.30 hours. In the afternoon you can catch the bus at 14.30 and 17.30 hours on Tuesdays to Sundays.

The beach has typical kiosks that sell food and beverages but if you want to carry some food it’s worthwhile although there is a small informal restaurant nearby. You can be sure that all visitors will undeniably be impressed by the alluring Prainha beach.

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