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Barra da Tijuca

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Neighbourhood: Barra da Tijuca
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Address: Avenida Lucio Costa 1700, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22775-904, Brazil

Barra da Tijuca is a neighborhood or bairro in the West Zone of Rio de...

Barra da Tijuca is a neighborhood or bairro in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, located in the western portion of the city on the Atlantic Ocean. Barra is well known for its beaches, its many lakes and rivers, and its lifestyle.

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Best beach near Riocentro

It s a very lively beach which would be ranked second place after Copacabana. Many restaurants, hotels, pubs and recreational activities are seen in abundance for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It s a very lively beach which would be ranked second place after Copacabana. Many restaurants, hotels, pubs and recreational activities are seen in abundance for stretches. Restaurants come in all classes. Best for jogging and cycling as there are designated lanes for these.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We came here to watch a family member on the Paralympics. As most of the games were in this suburb of Rio , we opted to stay here. Nice beach with great sand that stretched out for miles-and it felt much safer than Rio. We didn't care for the other famous beaches in Rio- they seemed much more busier and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

On the other side of Morro Dois Irmãoes from Praia de Leblon you find Barra de Tijuca. Head for the praia(the beach), dont wast your time on shopping. Enjoy beachlife with a cold beer never far away. The beach, which is the longest in Rio, stretches all the way along Avenida Sernambetiba all the way to O Recreio dos Bandeirantes.... More 

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Hollywood, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

During the Olympics (when I was there) it was amazing. It has everything you need, from great restaurants, top hotels, and world class sporting facilities.

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Don't get me wrong it is a wonderful progressive area. They have more malls than many US cities. But you won't get the real feel of Rio if you stay here. That having been said if you like modern amenities you may prefer to stay in Barra and travel to the other beaches. Just make sure you do!

1 Thank Susan S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

The greatest beach of rio de janeiro is super well frequented it's super clean, and is really better than the common beaches like copacabana or leblon...!

Thank Fabrizio Z
Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This suburb twenty miles south of Rio was the location for the Rio Olympic Park which was the main competition center for the games with 16 different events held in an area of over 1 million square meters. Carioca Arenas 1,2 and 3, Rio Velodrome, Futures Arena, Aquatics Stadium, Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, and the Olympic Tennis Center were all... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Nothing really here apart from the Olympic Park (which doesn't open until the end of the Paralympics in September unless you have tickets for an event)

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you go to Rio don't stay here. Its a distant suburb with none of Rio's vibrancy or charms. Its what the USA would look like if it did public transport? What's the point?

1 Thank Nigel C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

I stayed in this area in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This area has the best hotels and very good restaurants. I enjoyed this area.

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