Vermelha Beach, Rio de Janeiro

#12 of 36 in Beaches in Rio de Janeiro
Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Nestled in a small cove between two mountains, Vermelha Beach is one of Rio de Janeiro's smallest beaches, but it is also one of its most distinctive. Unlike the fine white sand of Rio's other beaches, Vermelha Beach's sand is a beautiful reddish yellow--hence the name, "Red Beach." Directly behind the beach is a pleasant park where you can enjoy the shade or take the cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain. A 2 km (1.2 mi) adventure trail also begins at the beach, taking you through a short stretch of tropical rainforest populated by monkeys and lush plant life. To visit Vermelha Beach and other attractions in Rio de Janeiro, use our Rio de Janeiro road trip planning app.
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  • Overall, Vermelha Beach aka the red beach is an underrated beach with amazing views and is another worthwhile place to visit for those in the area. It is literally within walking distance of the...  more »
  • Not too crowded on weekdays. Public restrooms just off the beach. Limited food vendors but a very nice restaurant at the end of the beach. You can take the bus or a taxi. It's just a short way...  more »
  • One of the best beaches in Rio de Janeiro. It is framed by mountains on the left and right. You have even a sugarloaf mountain view. And the best: The sand consists of tiny semi-transparent balls. Like mini crystals.
  • Great beach, more relaxed than the bigger more popular beaches. We rented two beach chairs and a umbrella for R$20 and easy access to many cheap drinks provided by vendors. Awesome views of the Sugar loaf mountain.
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