If there is one destination known for its beaches, it’s Brazil. Rio de Janeiro alone has dozens, each as loud and lively as the next. From Carnival to the World Cup, the city is no stranger to showing travelers a good time, and this year is better than any to book a trip. The 2016 Summer Olympics kicks off in August and more than 380,000 spectators are expected to travel to the city for the games. That means tons of exciting activities and parties—many of which will take place on the beaches.
Now, if you’re reading this and thinking that loud music and boisterous crowds are the last things you want to encounter while on your beach vacation, don’t worry. Brazil’s shoreline is filled with secluded hideaways, some of which even require hiking through the forest to find. Once you venture out of the country’s major metropolitan areas, Brazil’s rugged terrain sets the perfect backdrop to the strikingly blue water.
You’ll want to grab your snorkel gear and perhaps a new swimsuit—Brazilians are known for their racy swimwear—before diving in. If you’re lucky, you’ll encounter a sea turtle at Porto de Galinhas or catch a starfish at Praia do Forno. Additionally, multiple trails throughout the Atlantic rainforest lead to some of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches like Lagoinha do Leste. You’ll likely encounter monkeys and other friendly animals along the way.
Brazilians takes pride in the country’s beach culture. You’ll find people from all walks of life gathering on the sand at every point of the day. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what language you speak. In Brazil, the beach brings a sense of commonality to all.