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Barra da TijucaRio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro’s longest beach, a sprawling shopping mall and some of the city’s best seafood restaurants and bars await in this relaxed neighborhood.

Located a half-hour drive to the southwest of the city center, Barra da Tijuca is a relatively peaceful neighborhood, despite the fact that it offers the city’s longest stretch of beach. Once you have had enough sun, explore the bars, seafood restaurants, shopping malls and popular nightclubs of one of Rio de Janeiro’s hippest areas.

Start out on the southern rim of the neighborhood, where you will find 11 miles (18 kilometers) of uninterrupted beach. The unsheltered coastline of Barra da Tijuca makes it a popular place for various watersports, including surfing and kite surfing. On the eastern end of the beach, many people hang glide in the winds off the Atlantic. All of the equipment for these sports is available for rent from vendors near the beach.

Remote, sheltered beaches lie at both ends of Barra da Tijuca’s lengthy coastline. Head west into Prainha Municipal Natural Park, where you will find Grumari and Prainha beaches. These well-preserved beaches peek out from amongst the rainforest’s edge, so they are perfect for a peaceful day away from the traffic and crowds of more popular beaches. At Barra da Tijuca’s eastern end you’ll find Joatinga Beach. Sheltered by rocky cliffs canopied in dense foliage, this is a beautiful place to swim.

Head into the center of Barra da Tijuca. Developed in the 1980s, the neighborhood is filled with modern condos and upscale shopping malls. Explore BarraShopping, which connects with the nearby New York City Center Mall to make the biggest mall complex in the country. Go bowling or stick around until after sundown to dance to Brazilian funk at a neighborhood nightclub.

From downtown Rio, Barra da Tijuca is best reached by car, taxi or bus. If you want to explore all the area has to offer you’ll need to hail a taxi or rent a bicycle to traverse the beach’s entire length.

Top hotels in Barra da Tijuca

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
5 out of 5
Av. Lucio Costa 9600, Barra Da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

Located in Barra da Tijuca, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of Reserve Beach and Bosque da Barra Park. BarraShopping Mall and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (691 reviews)

"Likes - grand image, quality of finishes, black out curtains, exceptional service, good food, availabilty of lounge chairs and umbrellas, spa services with steam room, relaxing room. Amilcar, William and Rickerson provided excellent customer service! Dislikes - bathtub could be a bit bigger, didficult ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
Américas Barra Hotel
Américas Barra Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Av. das Américas, 10.500, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
£31
per night
1 Apr-2 Apr

Located in Barra da Tijuca, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Marapendi Ecological Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Olympic Golf Course and Rio Design Barra. ...

3.9/5Good! (818 reviews)

"I did like the breakfast and the comfortable bed I did not like how the bed was made by the room service.with the cover sheet placed over the comforter instead of under and on my last day the removal of the comforter leaving me with only the thinn cover sheet to keep warm for sleeping.(Why???)"…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2019

Américas Barra Hotel
Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
5 out of 5
1430 Abelardo Bueno Avenue, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Located in Jacarepagua, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Metropolitano Barra and Jeunesse Arena. Citibank Hall Rio de Janeiro and RioCentro ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (548 reviews)

"The pool was fantastic and the shopping malls are near by."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
Windsor Oceanico
Windsor Oceanico
4 out of 5
Rua Martinho de Mesquita 129, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
£61
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

Offering direct access to the beach, this Barra da Tijuca hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Reserve Beach and Pepe Beach. Joatinga Beach and Tijuca Lake are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,044 reviews)

"Centrally located in Barra da Tijuca. There is are lots of beach quiosques across the street to eat and drink or just chill oit. Pharmacy is walking distance, one street over. My only complaints are that the rooms could have better amenities, like a coffee maker, a robe, slipper for the cold floor. ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Windsor Oceanico
Windsor Marapendi
Windsor Marapendi
5 out of 5
Avenida Lúcio Costa, 5400, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
£76
per night
1 May-2 May

Nestled on the beach, this Barra da Tijuca hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Reserve Beach and Marapendi Ecological Park. Pepe Beach and Rio Design Barra are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (831 reviews)

"Location and proximity of Hula Hula restaurant................."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Windsor Marapendi
ibis Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca
ibis Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca
3 out of 5
Avenida Gilberto Amado, No. 41, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Located in Barra da Tijuca, this beach hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Pepe Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Pedra Bonita. Pedra da Gavea and Leblon Beach are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (522 reviews)

"When I go to Rio de Janeiro I always stay at this Ibis unit. The location is good, excellent bed, good shower, very kind and attentive staff, good food and cleanliness."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020

ibis Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca

Popular things to do in Barra da Tijuca

Tijuca Lake
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Tijuca Lake

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Tijuca Lake during your travels in Rio de Janeiro. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Jeunesse Arena
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Jeunesse Arena

3/5(1 review)

Catch an event at Jeunesse Arena during your trip to Rio de Janeiro.Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Olympic Park
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Olympic Park

3.5/5(2 reviews)

Catch an event at Olympic Park during your trip to Rio de Janeiro.Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the local tours.

Joatinga Beach
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Joatinga Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Joatinga Beach during your travels in Rio de Janeiro? Amble around the area's seaside or seek out the local tours.

Pedra da Gavea
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Pedra da Gavea

4/5(1 review)

Enjoy the mountain views and explore Pedra da Gavea, a lovely green space in Rio de Janeiro. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Reserve Beach
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Reserve Beach

4/5(2 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Reserve Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Rio de Janeiro. Stroll along the seaside or seek out the local tours.

Top activities in Barra da Tijuca

Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf
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Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf

94% of travellers recommend
£68
Per adult
Full Day in Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with BBQ
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Full Day in Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with BBQ

98% of travellers recommend
£74
Per adult
Olympic Boulevard, Museum of Tomorrow and Historical Rio
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Olympic Boulevard, Museum of Tomorrow and Historical Rio

90% of travellers recommend
£31
Per adult
Santa Teresa & Lapa with Tram Ride and Selarón Steps
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Santa Teresa & Lapa with Tram Ride and Selarón Steps

£30
Per adult
Arraial do Cabo with Boat Tour and Lunch
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Arraial do Cabo with Boat Tour and Lunch

£56
Per adult
Rio By Night: Dinner and Samba Show
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Rio By Night: Dinner and Samba Show

£83
Per adult

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Jacarepagua

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the live music and parks in Jacarepagua. You might want to make time for a stop at Olympic Park or Tijuca Lake.

Jacarepagua
Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mariah Assuncao on trover

Leblon

3.5/5Good!(2 area reviews)

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Leblon
Maracana Stadium featuring interior views and modern architecture

Zona Norte

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Get to know Zona Norte and its many features like its museums and zoo. You might want to explore sights like Maracana Stadium and Tijuca National Park, and you can jump on the metro at Engenho da Rainha Station or Thomaz Coelho Station to get around the city.

Zona Norte
Ipanema featuring markets as well as a large group of people

Ipanema

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

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Ipanema
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Zona Sul

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Zona Sul
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Barra de Guaratiba

You'll enjoy the beaches and monuments in Barra de Guaratiba. You might want to make time for a stop at Roberto Burle Marx Estate or Telegraph Stone.

Barra de Guaratiba