The city is famous for its fabulous beaches. Copacabana is perhaps Rio de Janeiro’s best known beach because it hosts Rio de Janeiro’s New Year celebrations that are seen from all around the world. Other beaches close to the centre of the city include Ipanema and Leblon where there are restaurants galore and the beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Prainha and Grumari that are all great for surfing and windsurfing enthusiasts.
Nearby Búzios, a former fishing village, has many beaches where surfing, volley ball, scuba diving and windsurfing are popular, such as the beaches of Geribá, Enseada de Manguinhos, Armação, Praia dos Ossos, Azeda and Ferradura. Along the coast you find Arraial do Cabo known for its fabulous diving. The water off the beaches of Dos Anjos, where one of the first settlements was established in the 1500’s, is crystal clear and the rock formations teem with tropical fish. If you sit on the shoreline you can look out over the Massambaba spit and the Araruama Lake.
More outstanding beaches can be found around the Angra dos Reis bay. The area is famous for its forest areas known as the Atlantic Forest. Here you can take nature trails through the undergrowth. It also has more than 360 islands including the beautiful Gipóia Island where Piedade and Jurubaíba beaches can be found and the IIha Grande, the largest islands, that has the beautiful Lopes Mendes and Cachadaço beaches.