London, United Kingdom
May 10, 2005
We had just eaten an amazing lunch at a restaurant called Pax in the shopping mall over the road (it has amazing views and the food is really good), and the plan was to go to Ipanema Beach, but we were so full that we ended up stumbling across the road and vegging out here instead.
It's very quiet. There were no tourists, just a group of boys playing football and a couple of Brazilian families paddling in the water. We did venture in the water, too, but soon backed out, as the water here is pretty filthy which is a shame because it is very calm. It is not recommended for anything other than paddling.
The sand is not as fine as that at Copacabana or Ipanema, and is actually quite rough, but it's worth one visit, if just for the view and a little peace and quiet in the midst of the carnival madness.
From journal Carnival in Rio de Janeiro