We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (727)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Prainha Beach is a secluded half-moon-shaped beach, bordered on each side by rocks and high cliffs. It is one of the best surfing spots in Rio, and may be reached by car or by the orange "surf bus" that passes through Copacabana and Ipanema.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
| Grumari, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Prainha Beach
from US$120,00
More Info
from US$76,00
More Info
Reviews (4 313)
Filter reviews
242 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews beautiful beach surfer's paradise great waves big waves worth the trip surfers surfing beaches barra ipanema nature rio rocks mountains taxi uber bike
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 242 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To enjoy this beach well arrive early, as the number of visitors is limited. Take sunscreen and some drinks and food and enjoy a clean beach with pristine nature around you.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Mauricio L
Reviewed 14 August 2018

The beach is small and usually the sun gets blocked by the mountain after 03 PM in winter time, but it is amazing the view of the mountains so close to the water. it is the surfers beach. it has a nice restaurant with an...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank flaviaveras
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Go there if you want to have a more relaxed atmosphere than the city beaches. Greta for surfing and the water is cleaner as well. Nice fish places close by to go for a bite at sunset.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Pfitzner10
Reviewed 24 July 2018

According to the locals, this is the most beautiful beach in Rio De Janeiro and I see why. It is a secluded half-moon-shaped beach surrounded by high cliffs and mountains that are kissed by the clouds. The water is (supposedly) the cleanest here. It is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank encouragement8
Reviewed 13 July 2018

Just a good walk or city buses from Ipanema and you are at the cliffs of Prainha, above the cliffs is one most secluded and serene places to watch sunset at the bar. Rocky beach, pittoresque yet I felt I embarrassed the poor locals washing...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Mikael K
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Secluded beach, access only by car. By far, the best beach in Rio. The landscape is breathtaking. Cliffs, sand and a little beach with perfect waves.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 706Connolly
Reviewed 19 June 2018

If you would like to avoid the crowd this is the place to go. It is around 1hour drive from Ipanema, but is worthed. Arrive early to enjoy the day. It is know for good waves as well.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank LePB78
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

I visited this beach on my West Zone Tour with Rio Secret Spots guide Renato Carvalho. Beautiful! Not crowded. Great kiosk.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Michelle K
Reviewed 26 May 2018

Provided you don't mind taking a 45-50 minute ride from central Rio through Barra de Tijuca, Grumari is well worth the effort. It's a thoroughly charming beach that even in the height of summer isn't too crowded. The huge rocks that sit near the shoreline...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank garygarry
Reviewed 27 April 2018

Though you probably need a car to reach this paradise it is well worth it. Clean beach and water where you can swim or surf. Be careful because the current can get very strong and since the beach is protected you must arrive early to...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Charlotte M
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 284 nearby hotels
Ramada Hotel Recreio Shopping
380 reviews
2.82 km away
Villa Del Sol
85 reviews
3.22 km away
Atlantico Sul Hotel
398 reviews
3.81 km away
Blue Tree Premium Design Rio de Janeiro
783 reviews
4.44 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 14 534 nearby restaurants
Mirante da Prainha
223 reviews
.32 km away
Mamma Jamma
96 reviews
2.79 km away
Restaurante E Cantina DO Andre
15 reviews
2.23 km away
Caminho Do Mar
52 reviews
1.48 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1 888 nearby attractions
Pedra da Tartaruga
49 reviews
4.39 km away
Casa do Remo
17 reviews
4.66 km away
Praia de Grumari
3 451 reviews
3.37 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Vladimir S
20 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from HikeinRio | Reviewed this property |
whats up, I lived in recreio and it's very nice to go through the road, or nowadays uber can take you, but I like to walk with myself, enjoying the way, is much like safe and never heard about bad incidents, really rare... More
Google Translation
Indian dance A
26 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Rubpy | Reviewed this property |
Sure you can. Go there and enjoy.
Google Translation
James B
25 March 2015|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from PedroM0 | Reviewed this property |
The place is a bit secluded, suggest you look for hotels in Barra region as most of those will be able to arrange transportation to and from Prainha.