Tag Archives: surfing

Where to stay in Icaraizinho: Villa Mango

From Jericoacoara it is about a 2 hour drive to Icaraizinho, another small fishing village famous for kite surfing. When I say very small, I mean you won’t see many other people for miles as it is very remote.  We stayed at Villa Mango, a charming hotel that completely integrates you with the beauty of […]

Hidden oasis: Praia do Joa

 I was at drinks the other night discussing the various beaches in Rio when someone mentioned Praia do Joa (or Joatinga), a beach I had not heard of.  The immediate response was ‘you must go it is beautiful!’, so the next day that is exactly what I did.  Hop in your car (it’s the only […]

Ilha Grande: Lopes Mendez

For our final day on Ilha Grande we decided to explore the opposite part of the island from the boat tour and head to Lopes Mendes. Lopes Mendes was named one of the 15 more perfect beaches in the world by Travel + Leisure.  Getting there: From the Abraao village you have three options: Schooner […]

Arpoador = Perfect AM Surf Spot

Arpoador is the name of the small beach at the east end of Ipanema, it is actually what separates Ipanema from Copacabana and it is also the giant rock formation which projects from it, into the Atlantic Ocean. If you are walking down the beach and make it to Arpoador I recommend ‘climbing’ around on the rocks and seeing the different […]

Teddy Does Saquarema

Recently, people have been asking about Teddy (the cute little guy pictured above).  He is doing great, loving Rio and thrilled that we now have a car so we can take him on some of our adventures. An hour and a half from Rio you will find the beautiful laid back town of Saquarema.  About […]

Buzios: Surf’s up at Geriba Beach

Because of its wide-open face to the southeast, Geribá Beach has the best surf in Búzios! The beach itself is the widest and one of the longest beach in Búzios. Whether you prefer a short board or a  long board in the center there is constant large surf. If you didn’t pack your own board, […]

The ‘Hamptons of Brazil’ : Buzios – West Coast

Buzios, dubbed as “the hamptons of Brasil”, “St Tropez of Brazil’, or the ‘playground of the rich’ is a small, charming fishing village filled with cute boutiques, great restaurants and incredible nightlife 3 hours from Rio.  Getting there: Rent a car OR take the bus… Bus is really easy, clean, only takes about 2.5 hours […]

Looking for great waves, spectacular views and Rain Forest? Head to Prainha

Prainha is located between mountains just outside of Barra and is considered the best surfing spot in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prainha means little beach and considering it is only an 800 meter long beach, its a very fitting name. The waves are the main attraction, but along the beach will you find some people […]

Surfing in Grumari

First trip out of Rio! We rented a car for the weekend and headed to Grumari. Grumari is a popular surfing beach in Barra da Tijuca about 45mins west of Rio and it is absolutely beautiful!!!!  Not only a stunning surf beach with huge waves, it is part of an environmental reserve, (together with the […]