A bit of a way from the main Copacabana/Ipanema beaches but worth the trip for sure. A bit of a hike to get down to but worth the effort. Bring water/beer/etc as there weren't many vendors and a plastic bag to put your phone/camera in as the waves can catch you off guard on the rocks and you could loose/soak...
Praia Joatinga is a beautiful, secluded beach about 40 minutes from central Rio (I drove with local friends from Flamengo). The water and sand are amazing, and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and snacks are available for purchase from a small beach bar. Beer is usually 3 for 10R$ (the standard deal everywhere in RJ). Definitely a must-visit!
Also accessible by public transit but quite the excursion. Because it's easier to get to by car there are less people, no pit-pocketers (at least I was told so). Lots of surfers.
A relatively small beach in a cove. Absolutely gorgeous :)
Imagine a secluded beach after a stone wall ? The place is very beautiful. The sea is green , calm, is more reserved . But you should take food and water because it is an area of environmental conservation. If you have trouble walking , better not go there, because you need to go down some stone stairs.
Joa is one of the most beautiful natural beaches in Rio, however the access is not easy. There is no public transportation, you need to have a car to get there and when you arrive you need to park the car and walk down the hill. The access is not really easy, but it is worth for the adventure ones.
This beach is difficult to get to - only accessible by car and then a short walk down a steep pathway. At high tide the beach is not accessible, but the views are very nice. There are a couple of places where the waves hit the rocks and make a huge high splash. Great area for photographers.