Brazil’s Beach Culture: Dos and Don’ts

In Rio, the beach is a fundamental part of life, and the locals abide by various cultural habits and codes. If you want to blend in, check out this list of dos and don’ts from Brazil expert Michael Sommers.

Brazil’s Best Beaches

Brazil boasts close to 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) of beautiful Atlantic beaches. Whatever your mood or budget, there is a beach to suit everyone. Get pointers towards the best urban beaches, best island paradises, best party beaches, and more.

Sports and Recreation in Rio de Janeiro City

Blessed with many natural attractions, Cariocas are a pretty sporty bunch. Beach activities—everything from walking, jogging, and yoga to surfing, soccer, and volleyball—are very popular, as are sports that take advantage of the city’s mountain peaks.

Making House Calls in Rio, Part 2

Recently, Michael visited two fantastic Rio de Janeiro homes that are open to the public. In 1992, the Salles family decided to convert their former residence into a private cultural center known as the Instituto Moreira Salles.

The Dawning of Brazil’s B&B Age

Many B&Bs are located in the charming, hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Many of the villas built along steep winding streets in the 19th century have recently been renovated into boutique hotel, intimate guesthouses and B&Bs.

Rio’s Alternative Points of View

Unknown to many tourists, there are happily many other Carioca summits that offer alternatively impressive views far from the crowds that flock to Sugarloaf and Corcovado. Michael Sommers points you towards some off the beaten path alternatives.

Taxi Trouble in Santa Teresa

Michael Sommers had a tough time arranging a taxi to Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood. Here’s how to talk reluctant taxi drivers into taking you to one of Rio’s most centrally located, historically rich, and downright charming areas.

Rio’s Fresh Crop of Hostels

Within the last year or so, a fresh crop of hostels have opened their doors, bringing the total number to 65. By the end of the year, another 10 hostels are slated to be up and running.