Praia Vermelha, or Red Beach,, is the smallest beach in the city of Rio de Janeiro; however, it is also one of the most beautiful.
It is located in a sheltered cove near Morro da Urca, and it is hear that you can take a cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Unlike other beaches in Rio, which typically have white sand, Praia Vermelha is consisted of sand that is yellow with a tint of red, hence the name.
You will also find very calm water in this sheltered cove, and there are several safe, nearby walking trails that make for fun midday excursions.
Behind the beach is a tropical park lined in palm trees, and dozens of food vendors can be found here as well.
Once you experience the calm, scenic atmosphere of Praia Vermelha, you may never want to leave.