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Although almost an extension of Barra da Tijuca, Recreio dos Bandeirantes has historically been far less urbanized. That has made it a prime target for the current wave of urban development.

All along Avenida das Americas – the main thoroughfare – countless condominium complexes are under construction.

But large areas are, as yet, unoccupied. The beaches here are relatively quiet, too.

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At the far end of the district, natural beauties lie hidden. These include: Praia de Grumari, a nice beach with clear waters; tiny, charming Prainha beach; the unspoiled coastal strip called Restinga de Marambaia; and other half-deserted beaches that are only accessible by walking trails.

Sitio Roberto Burle Marx, the former home of the remarkable landscaper, deserves a lengthy visit. And the tranquil, charming neighborhood of Vargem Grande offers a variety of culinary experiences. You can reach Recreio by the same roads that lead to Barra da Tijuca.


This beach, just over a mile long, lies at the end of Avenida Sernambetiba. It is much quieter than its neighbor, Praia da Barra, and is frequented mostly by locals. However, it has been discovered by a crowd oflate-night partiers, who have made it a little noisier than it once was.

An ideal spot for surfing, cycling or walking, it has gree n waters, strong waves and a narrow expanse of coarse, dark sand, where you can play beach-volleyball.

An area of dense shrubbery demarks the promenade, which boasts several kiosks, some of which offering amusements for children. The end of the beach, near Praia da Macumba, was recently refurbi shed and now has its own promenade and kiosks.

Several bus lines serve the area, and cars can drive to the beach either along the coast or on Avenida das Americas.


The greenery- surrounded curve at the far end of Praia do R ecreio is known as Praia da Macumba, or „Black Magic Beach.“ Crowded on weekends, this windy beach is a meeting point for surfers and sUlf-school students, despite the lack of waves at certain times of year.

The sea is rough here, which makes swimming inadvisable and dangerous. T he beach itself is a short strip of powdery sand.

Kiosks and beach sellers provide simple food options. A huge rock unofficially divides the swimmining and surfing areas. The sea is calmest near the rock.


Tiny, charming Prainha (Little Beach) gets busy on weekends. Reachable by a small road, it stands in a nature reserve just past Praia da Macumba.

The beach is a bit less than half a mile long and is surrounded by hills and vegetation-covered dunes. The sea, strong winds, and tall, rolling waves that break close to the beach make this spot a favorite among surfers.

Three kiosks sell snacks and items such as surf-board wax and sunscreen . You can also buy water and soft drinks right on the beach. The sand is a little coarser here than it is on neighboring beaches.

Prainha stands next to a nature park that has toilet facilities. To get there, take Avenida das Américas.


This long beach stands in a preserved area and has waves that break near the shore. The cleanest beach on the whole coast, it has powdery, coarse, reddish sand and green waters.

Vegetation covered dunes surround the narrow strip of beach. There are calm and rough stretches of sea, but waves form all along the beach.

Surfers gather in the area of the beach that is closest to Prainha.The opposite end is where tourists buses park.

The beach draws a variety of visitors, including families, locals, and people from Rio’s South Zone.There are only two food kiosks, but there are restaurants nearby. It is best to arrive at the beach befo re l lam. Paid parking is available in front of the beach, where there is also a nature reserve and some trails.

One way to get to Praia de Grumari is by driving through the dazzling landscape of the Serra do Grumari mountains. In summer the road is almost impassable due to traffic and at time s author ities limit the number of cars on that route.

A continuation of Praia de Grumari called Abrico is nothing more than a tiny strip of sand, but it is an official nud e beach.


The museum Casa do Pontal has the largest collection of folk art in R io. Its pieces portray daily life in Brazil as repr esent ed by some 200 artisans from all over the count ry.

Since 1950, they have contributed sculp tures, figures, carvings, clay sculptures, and miniatures with moving parts to this wide-ranging collection.

Materials used include clay, wood, fabric, sand, iron, alumi num, bread, straw and wire .The permanent exhibition has explanatory texts in English and more than 5,000 works organized by theme: festive, everyday, imaginary and religious activities.

French designer and collector Jacques van de Beuque, who died in 2000, amassed the collection.

The museum is currently run by his widow and son. Don’t miss th e sur rounding two acres of gardens, which are part of an ecological reserve. Estrada do Pontal, 3295, Recreio dos Bandeirantes.


This small beach has calm, green wate rs. Its firm sands gets crowde d in summer.

Several bu s lin es serve the beach, which draws all tiers of Brazilian socie ty.Trees surround the beach, and houses cover the adjacent hills.

On one side stands the Restinga de Marambaia, a restric ted military area. Among the beachside restaurants specializing in seafood, Tia Palmira is the best.

Take Estrada de Guaratiba to get to restaurant. It’s worth waiting for the splendid sunset.


A beach of calm waters and muddy sand, Restinga de Marambaia stands on Navy property and is off limits to the public.

A strip of native Atlantic forest runs along 26 miles of untouched beaches. Point do Grumari, a restaurant at the top of the mountain range, offers an unforgettable view of the region, which looks particularly spectacular at sunset: in the foreground, an immense expanse of greenery; in the background, the desert ed beach.The restaurant lies on the road to Grumari.


Even (further from Recreio, there are numerou s wild, half-desert ed beaches that are accessible only by trails to the west of the Pedra Branca Mountains, or by boat.

Its isolation can make the trip there dangerous, so visiting with a group is a good idea. Parking is available on residential streets near the trailheads. Some beaches have campsites, but there are no food kiosks, so you need to take provisions and supplies with you.

Perigosinho, Praia do Meio, Funda, and Praia do Inferno are the beaches most popular among surfers.They all have white sand and strong waves.Tiny Pedra de Guaratiba , a simple beach used by fishermen, has calm waters, but it is not suitable for bathing; the main attractions here are the restaurants.


Renowned landscape artist Roberto urle Marx lived in this home from 1949 to 1994, the year he died.

The grounds have been donated to Iphan, which is the National Institute for Historical and Artistic Heritage. A visit here takes in the immense garden, with innumerable examples of Brazilian and international flora; a 17th -century chapel that still hosts masses and weddings; the artist’s studio; and the farmhouse, built in colonial style, where the Museu Casa de Roberto Burle Marx has operated since 1999.

Burle Marx obtained the stones for his studio’s faҫade from a demolished building in the city center. Exhibits include 17th and 18th -century paintings, murals, and furniture, such as the bed where Burle Marx slept, sculptures, and folk art and crystal that he bought on his many travels.

The heavy front door came from a church in Pernambuco, the piano from Germany, and the collection of Baroque saints from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

The printing studio displays a unique chandelier,which Burle Marx made from plants and dried fruits.

The Cozinha de Pedra pavilion, built in the 1960s, has a Burle Marx mosaic, a wood-fired oven, and a waterfall form ed by the property’s own spring.The studio-house roof was sculpted in Styrofoam, and then modeled in fresh cement.

Among thousands of plant species on the property are palm, fig, and mango trees that are more than eighty years old, Brazilian ironwoods, more than a dozen type s of brom eliad that Burle Marx him self introduced, African tulip trees, aloe vera, pencil trees, floss silk trees, staghorn ferns, calabash trees (used to make musical instruments and handcrafted items), torch ginger, assai palms, cacao trees, velvet bean trees, flamingo lilies, and giant ferns.

Spring is the best time to visit, because the property is at its most colorful then; the jade vine is particularly beautiful in spring. Insect repellent is essential.

An interesting point: More than two dozen species of plants carry Burle Marx’s name, since he discovered them in the course of his travels.Visits must be arranged in advance. Estrada Roberto Burle Marx (former Estrada da Barra de Guaratiba, 2019, Barra de Guaratiba.


Sitting inside Parque Estadual da Pedra Branca (Pedra Branca State Park), this picturesque neighborhood is far from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro.

Its eart hen roads convey the simple air of a country town , and friendly locals go about on foot or bicycles.Within a patch ofAtlantic forest, it has trails and small waterfalls, as well as several breeding studs and houses belonging to famous artists, which stand in stark contrast to the nearby favela, or shantytown.

It offers a wide variety of restaurants that serving mainly Brazilian or varied cuisine. Rua Luciano Gallet, 150, Vargem Grande.

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