Beach etiquette in Rio De Janeiro
- Women and girls always wear bikinis, and they prefer the tiny ones, with triangle tops and a bottom that has more coverage.
- Men prefer a Sunga- which is a pair of tight fitting, square-shaped swimming trunks.
- Baggy swimming costumes are uncommon, but it's the only option if you feel uncomfortable in the tight gears.
- Hanging out in your small swim-suits is acceptable in Rio, but going topless is a big NO. It is no big deal to walk the famous sidewalks in your bikini and Havaianas, so don't panic.
- Most Brazilians use Canga- beach sarongs (beach chair) to sit on.
- Sarongs can be purchased on the beach but some hotels on the beach offer them for free or rental.
- A wide range of foods and snacks are offered in small tents called Barracas.
- Agua de coco or fresh coconut water is the best way to cool off and hydrate after a long day in the sun.
- I'd recommend beach snacks like corn, acai bowls with granola and bananas, grilled kababos of cheese, nuts, flatbread with beef, onions, spices, and greens.
Don't leave luggage behind if you decide to have a swim. Leave it with a trusted person.
- Avoid visiting the beach at night or areas with few people.
- Don't carry or wear expensive jewelry.