Rio de Janeiro is blessed with Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches. They are often rated among the best in the world. They also tend to be crowded. If you prefer more solitude with your sunshine, then consider pitching your umbrella at Praia Vermelha. Red Beach is a lovely stretch of sand – about 650 feet – at the base of Morro da Urca and close to the Sugarloaf cable car station. Its position between two headlands often results in calm water. This is a great place for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding or just working on your tan.