Picturesque Barra Beach is one of the cleanest and largest beaches in Rio. Barra is a mere twenty-minute cab ride from Copacabana but it seems like a million miles away when you get there. It is a popular saying that no matter how crowded it gets at the beach, you will always find an amazing spot at Barra. Whether you love to surf or just soak up the sun, Barra is the place to visit. The beach is situated in a bay making the waters calm and refreshing while the gentle breeze from the Atlantic sea make this a wonderful reprieve from the hot summer heat. The placid water at the tip of the beach help make this an ideal spot for families to enjoy themselves with a small lagoon on the side giving shelter for children and beginners learning to surf. Both new and experienced surfers can enjoy the waves of Barra, which can be known to hit great heights during the high tide. You will find restaurants and small food shacks that supply delicious food and drink along the beach, which are usually well visited during summer weekends from December to March.