Planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics? Then you need to get ready. Beach-ready
. And while sport may be the foremost thing on your mind, during your downtime you’re likely to want to head to the beach and you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. There is no shortage of sensational “praias” to choose from, from the primadonnas of Ipanema and Copacabana to the lesser known Prainha, Grumari and Praia Vermelha. But don’t think it’s simply a question of picking one, laying out a towel and spreadeagling. No, no, no.
Here the beach is not just a stretch of sand – it’s a way of life
. Baffled? Worry not – here are our tips on how to survive, enjoy, and embrace Carioca beach life.