Barra da Tijuca Beach, or simply Barra (pronounced Ba-ha) as the locals call it, is essentially a twelve-mile extension of Ipanema Beach. The area surrounding Barra da Tijuca is a fairly new development, compared to the rest of the region, therefore it offers the advantage of many untouched and still-pristine stretches of white sand. At Barra Beach Brazil, visitors and locals alike share the coast with fervent surfers heading out in the early mornings and afternoons to catch the excellent wave breaks. Watching these masterful surfers is enjoyable when just passing time on the beach.
Many other Brazil beaches warrant a visit for attractions outside of the beach itself, such as traditional restaurants or local handicraft shops, yet Barra’s main and best attraction is surely the beach. The water is exceptionally clean and the beach offers prime conditions for kitesurfing, body boarding, and windsurfing. These attractions are similar to those at famous destinations like picturesque Copacabana Beach, yet there aren’t thick crowds at Barra Beach Brazil like there are at Copa, as long as you avoid the weekends, and even still, it isn’t the well-known destination it’s counterpart beaches are.
If it’s a combination of ideal beach conditions with numerous good restaurants and a large smattering of lively bars you’re looking for, than the first mile or two of Barra da Tijuca Beach is for you. Seafood restaurants are very popular and there are several lining the coast, some on the beach. There are all types of bars interspersed here, too, both on and off the beach, playing traditional music and offering a slew of beverages to choose from. For those appreciating the quieter side of life, walk or drive a few miles farther and take in one of the peaceful, undeveloped spots along Barra Beach Brazil.
Between the peak travel period between December and March, Barra da Tijuca remains incessantly congested. Many more simplistic food stalls are set up and the beach becomes a hub of activity from every angle. Weekdays are the best time to go during this phase. Often there are competitions held along the beach as well, such as surfing challenges, kitesurfing championships, and other national and international competitions. These Brazil events can make for a very busy beach, but an exciting one to visit for sure.
Praia do Pepê is a part of Barra da Tijuca. The story behind the name relates to a popular, local hangglider who died in a related accident several years ago. He frequented the beach, hawking drinks and homemade food, and was always well-received and well-liked. Local citizens renamed the stretch of beach he walked after him. Today, it is a thriving area of Barra, with a refreshment kiosk and several other popular bars and restaurants.
There are many ways of getting to Barra da Tijuca Beach. Barra Beach Brazil covers a large area so having a car is ideal if you want to explore in depth. Buses do go there, passing through Leblon, Copa, and Ipanema, but you’ll be let off away from the beach and will have a hike to get there. Buses leave downtown Rio de Janeiro. Vans are another, economical alternative. To flag them, just jut your hand out and wave. Linha Amarela freeway is used by vans and buses, which will shave off 20 to 30 minutes of the ride. Staying the day and into the night means enjoying the beach and the waves and then slipping into the nightlife scene with some shopping, dining, and dancing at one of the many local discos.