A peninsula wedged between Ipanema and Copacabana, Arpoador Beach is the best spot to catch a sunset and a wave. Even surfers take a moment to sit on their boards and let the waves roll by as they take in the painted sky. The perfect place to end a perfect Rio day.
Along the route between Rio and São Paulo lies the costa verde of Angra dos Reis, with hundreds of islands, small towns, and pris- tine beaches. Especially worth mentioning is Praia Dentista (Dentist Beach), where boaters tie up for the day to socialize. Photos courtesy of CASSIO VASCONCELLOS
Paraty (Par-a-chee) is a tasteful colonial hideaway, and its charming solitude is enough to entice anyone. At high tide the large cobblestone streets are covered by the sea, presenting a magical mirror image of a floating town. Paraty is a bohemian respite in a delightfully un-touristy sort of way, a sanctuary between the mountains and sea.
Ilha Grande is an island off the coast of Angra, accessible only by boat. Known as “the Caribbean of Brazil,” it’s famous for its 106 white sand beaches and over 100 miles of trails through rain forest. Recommended stop: Lopes Mendes, the ultimate surfing spot.
A sophisticated and fashionable fishing village only a hundred miles from bustling Rio, perfect for a quick escape. It was Brigitte Bardot and Mick Jagger who brought the glamour to Búzios in the ’60s. Sugar-sand beaches, posh nightlife (the infamous Privilege and Pacha clubs are located in town), and a lively string of shops and restaurants make this seaside village the Hamptons of Brazil.