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With an unforgettable view of the Sugarloaf, Praia Vermelha (The Red Beach) is possibly the most idyllic beach of Rio. This tiny oasis of quietness and beauty , so called because it becomes flushed with red at sunsets, is located between Morro da Urca and Morro da Babilônia, in the very safe area of Urca. Being within Guanabara Bay, it is seldom crowded. The water is not the best, but the natural scenario is simply breathtaking. Beneath Morro da Urca, narrow Praia Vermelha has superb views of the rocky coastline from the shore. Avoid the bar and restaurant of the beach (low quality, high prices) and buy a coconut water at one of the kiosks. Then relax on the sand and just enjoy.


Formerly occupied by the now destroyed Fort of Red Beach, with remaining buildings currently houses two University campuses, one of the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), another of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the Military Institute of Engineering (IME) , the School of Command and General Staff of the Army (ECEME) and the Naval War College (EGN) and the cable car station of the Sugar Loaf.


The beach is flanked by two fortresses, now occupied by the Military Circle of Red Beach and the municipal school Gabriela Mistral. In the region there are several historic monuments. At the beach there is a statue of Chopin. In Square of General Tiburcio, behind the beach, are the Monument to the Heroes of Laguna and Dourados and the Monument to the fallen in the Communist Conspiracy.



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Taken on July 21, 2010