First take a look at this picture to get a sense of what you’ll see when approaching Prainha.
It really comes down to personal preference when trying to decide which is the best beach in Rio, although I usually keep hearing the same answer to that question. Many have told me time and time again that Prainha is ‘where its at’.
Prainha is said to be one of the prettiest beaches of the Rio that most people pass up. The majority of those who frequent this beach are surfers as the best waves in Rio are found there. As the name says, Prainha is small and squeezed in between the sea and the mountains (which the picture above doesn´t fully show). The website RioOn has a wider variety of shots.
To arrive at Prainha, one must pass through Barra, Recreio and Praia da Macumba yet it is not as far as what is considered Rio´s last beach, Grumari. If you are looking for peace and quiet, try making your trip out there on any given weekday.