In the sands of Praia Vermelha, the Red Beach, you can be see both red garnet crystals as well as pink ones. However that is not the reason for its name, it is actually called Red beach because of the color the sand turns at sunset. Located between Morro da Urca (Urca ountain) and Morro da Babilonia (Babylon Mountain) Praia Vermelha is a very safe area of Urca. It is seldom crowded and the natural scenery is breathtaking. Praia Vermelha has superb views of the rocky coastline from the shore. Because the beach is protected by the headland, the water is usually calm at the foothills of the Sugar Loaf Mountain. Beneath Morro da Urca, is a nice attraction where you can take good pictures of the cable car and the surrounding hills. There’s also a track surrounding the Sugar Loaf hill, on which you can have a nice view of ships entering the Guanabara Bay.