Praia Vermelha, or Red Beach, as it is commonly known, isn’t the biggest beach in Rio de Janeiro. What it lacks in size it more than makes up for in quality, however. Found in the upscale Urca neighborhood near the Morro da Urca (Urca Hill), Praia Vermelha enjoys a wonderfully scenic setting. Within clear view is Sugarloaf Mountain, and this is arguably the main perk.
Praia Vermelha is backed by the Urca neighborhood. Capping it on either side are sizeable hills, and this adds depth to the overall scenery. A number of trees line the sand and cover portions of the surrounding hills, so there is a rather lush appeal to the environment. Since Praia Vermelha doesn’t get as much tourist traffic as more renowned beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, it can make for a great place to kick back and relax for a while. The beauty of this beach alone merits a visit, and it doesn’t hurt that there are some good restaurants close by.
One of the best times to visit Praia Vermelha is when the sun starts to go down. At sunset, the sands of this lovely little beach take on a reddish hue. This is the reason why it is commonly referred to as Red Beach.