Prainha Beach

Prainha Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

Pedra do Telégrafo Hike and Beach Full-Day Tour

1. Pedra do Telégrafo Hike and Beach Full-Day Tour

Located in the Pedra Branca State Park, Pedra do Telégrafo (elevation of 350 meters) is at the top of Guaratiba Hill. Take a walk along the beach to the starting point of the trail. The ascent begins at Guaratiba Beach and it takes about an hour to reach the summit. There are several viewpoints along the way, with the best known being a large, sharp rock called Pedra da Bigorna. From the summit, marvel at the views of the Restinga da Marambaia sandbank, the wild beaches of Rio, Pedra do Pontal, and Grumari Beach. After the walk, relax on the beaches of Grumari or Prainha.

Rio de Janeiro: Eco City Tour

2. Rio de Janeiro: Eco City Tour

Head out into the lush natural surroundings of Rio on this day trip. Over the course of the day, discover a variety of different ecosystems: a tropical rainforest, mountains, waterfalls, secluded beaches, lagoons, and more. Take part in a tour for those who love nature but are not in the mood to hike. Enjoy an easy walking tour that takes you to visit the South, North and West of Rio in one day. Begin your tour at the Penhasco Dois Irmãos Park for a great view of the Leblon and Ipanema beaches. Afterwards, head to the Tijuca Forest National Park, where you’ll visit the Chinese View summit, Taunay Waterfall, and Canoas Summit. After a quick break for snacks and lunch, it’s off to Chico Mendes Lagoon Park, a mangrove lagoon where you may see caimans and capybaras. Continue on to Prainha Beach Park, a tiny, secluded beach beloved by surfers and surrounded by mountains and rainforest. Cap things off with a trip to Prainha beach, a beautiful, secluded, and protected beach in a park on the West side of Rio. Afterwards, enjoy transported back to your accommodation.

Prainha and Grumari Beaches: Small Group Hike and Swim

3. Prainha and Grumari Beaches: Small Group Hike and Swim

Travel to the west part of Rio de Janeiro, an area that remains untouched, yet is abundant with nature. Following the coastline, you'll pass by Reserva Beach and Lagoa de Marapendi, before stopping at Roncador viewpoint, that offers a great view to the Sleeping Giant. In this park, see a project where biologists treat animals to put them back to nature. Then we'll head to Prainha, a charming small beach considered the best surf spot in Rio where you'll hike for about 1.5 hours (roundtrip) and reach Caeté summit. From this summit, you will see an amazing view of the coast and the other mountains of Rio and, with a bit of imagination, the legendary 'sleeping giant'. From Prainha, drive for 5 more minutes to Grumari, your last stop where you'll stay and enjoy the beach for about 3 hours. The area is also protected and you'll be able to enjoy an amazing and paradisiac tropical beach, white sands, green mountains and clear blue waters. Hike: EASY (2,8km=1.8mi) / 1,5h / elev. gain 190m (624ft) Fitness is required to hike on rough terrain, up and downhill

Rio's Best Hidden Beaches Small Group Tour

4. Rio's Best Hidden Beaches Small Group Tour

If you love beaches but want to get away from the crowds, this six-hour tour is for you. Visit beautiful beaches in different regions of Rio de Janeiro and be amazed by the stunning natural surrounds. The tour starts with the meeting in your hotel. Then continue along the coast and stop at some photo viewpoints. Arriving in São Conrado, head towards the sea and stop at the beach to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and free flight landings. Continue towards Barra da Tijuca, the western zone of the city, one of its newest regions and very different from the south zone. Follow the coast along more than 20km of beach, passing the beaches of Pepe, Barra da Tijuca, Reserva and Recreio dos Bandeirantes. The beaches will amaze you with their beauty. Continuing along the coast, head towards the beaches of Macumba, Prainha and Grumari. These beaches are within a natural park, there are no residences, only a few kiosks and restaurants for you to enjoy. Arriving on the wild beaches you can have fun walking, relaxing with your feet in the sand and taking a dip in the sea. Depending on your preference, you can stop to eat at one of the kiosks or restaurants in the area, specializing in fish and seafood. Then make your way back along the coast to your hotel.

Rio de Janeiro: Prainha and Grumari Beach Tour

5. Rio de Janeiro: Prainha and Grumari Beach Tour

Spend a relaxing day swimming and having fun in the sun at some of Rio’s top beaches on this day tour. Enjoy the clear water on amazing beaches free of high-rise buildings and overdevelopment. Take in a scenic drive along winding roads and see some spectacular scenery along the way. Listen to live commentary from your guide and learn more about the area. Relax on the beach in a quieter atmosphere a bit off the main tourist track. Be closer to nature, take a swim, or plant yourself in a beach chair and soak up the sun. Have an unforgettable lunch at a rustic seafood restaurant built in a treehouse in the rainforest.

Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour

6. Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour

Start your day with a visit to the Sitio Burle Marx, the former residence of the well-known landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Located in Barra de Guaratiba, the site has one of the most important collections of tropical and semi-tropical plants in the world. The on-site museum also displays art and handicrafts acquired or made by Burle Marx throughout his life.  Then, make a stop at the Max Cana Cachaça distillery to learn how the famous Brazilian drink is made. Visit the warehouse and see the machinery. Enjoy a stop here to buy lunch at the distillery restaurant, or head to another local restaurant recommended by the tour guide. If you choose the wild beaches option, you will then head to the beautiful beaches of Grumari or Prainha, where you'll have free time to swim and relax in the sun. You also have the chance to practice stand-up paddling at Restinga da Marambaia.  Alternatively, if you choose the museums option, the next stop after lunch will be House of Pontal Museum. Considered the largest and most significant museum of popular art in the country, its collection is composed of approximately 8,500 pieces by 300 Brazilian artists. The final stop would be at the Brazilian Confederation Museum. Trophies, photos, images and cutting-edge technology will make this visit an interactive, memorable experience.

Other Sightseeing Options in Prainha Beach

Want to discover all there is to do in Prainha Beach? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Prainha Beach

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Rather steep climb in places and difficult by the heat of the day but accessible to the greatest number anyway. I was accompanied by my husband and my 2 children (11.7) who followed the guide without problem. You must have good shoes that hang and lots of water to hydrate yourself during breaks. The view is magnificent and it is the reward for the ascent. On site photo taken by the guide with our camera and by a professional if desired against 40 reals. Caico and Jessee were perfect guides explaining the details of the site during the ascent but also during the day on Rio in general. Lunch possible after the ascent by the sea. Quality restaurant with a beautiful view. Plan the day. We left at 5:30 am from Copacabana and returned around 5:00 pm due to heavy traffic. I recommend this outing.

This experience was absolutely amazing!! As we were just with 3 people, a small group. Enough attention from the tour guide, as we arrived quite early at the place. It was immediately our turn for pictures instead of waiting for hours. I definitely would recommend this for everyone!!

Tito was extremely knowledgeable about the sites we visited. A more laid back and chilled experience, I learnt alot not just about the nature that surrounds Brasil but also its rich history with all my questions answered. Really enjoyed the experience.

Nice relaxing very informative tour in the countryside, with lots of nature and information about geography and history, beautiful views and we were lucky and saw a lot of monkeys, birds, caimans and even capybara!

Incredible!! Amazing view. Our guide was the best (Andre). 100% recommend this trip, extremely worth it if you are in Rio