Rio de Janeiro is the 2nd largest city in Brazil and is famous for its stunning landscape, gorgeous beaches, and alluring culture. The annual Carnaval celebrations in Rio are famous worldwide and bring in thousands of visitors for non-stop partying and festivities. The harbor is an impressive focal point of the city, due to the geographic features that surround it. These mountains include Sugar Loaf, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca, which tower around the seaside.
There are various districts of Rio de Janeiro that are unique in atmosphere and provide a different look at this diverse city. To be near the beach and boating opportunities, check out Zona Sul, the southern zone that contains most of the tourist sights. Here you’ll be near Flamengo Beach, Copacabana, and Ipanema. This district gives you access to the Corcovado Mountains, Sugar Loaf, and the Lagoon at Rodrigo de Freitas.
The best time of year to visit Rio de Janeiro is between December and March. The weather during this time is warm and sunny, so you can hit the beach while on your vacation. There is minimal rainfall during these months. If you plan on visiting during Carnaval in February, book your accommodation well in advance. Prices surge during this time and many hotels and accommodation options will be sold out if you wait too long. The winter months of June through August in Rio are mild, it never gets very cold but it could be too cool to enjoy the beaches. The winter is also the rainy season.
The Rio airport is busy and offers many international daily flights. To get from the airport to your accommodation, there are buses to the city center as well as taxis and other transfer options.
Renting a boat is a fantastic way to spend a few days of your vacation in Rio. Sailing charters, motorboats, yachts, and rib boat rentals are some options to choose from when customizing your boating itinerary.
If you choose to do a private boat charter while in Rio, your captain will work with you to select the perfect day. From catered meals, sunset cruises, swimming, and snorkeling stops, and even sleep aboard excursions, there’s no limit to the experience you can have while renting out a boat in Rio.
Exploring the coastline of Rio by wind power is a fantastic experience. Charter a sailing yacht with a seasoned captain who can take you to all the best-hidden spots around Rio. You’ll get a unique perspective on the mountains that surround the harbor and get to admire the Christ the Redeemer statue that sits atop the Corcovado mountain.
If you have a need for speed, look into a speedboat or jet ski rentals in Rio de Janeiro. You can fly in and out of the waves, explore the coves of the coastline and get a real adrenaline rush on the water. Rib boats are another fun rental option for groups looking for a day of cruising and speeding around the bay.
Watersports are some of the most popular things to do while in Rio. Whitewater rafting tours, surf rentals, scuba diving adventures, and sea kayaking are some of the options you have as a sporty traveler looking to squeeze some activity into your visit to Rio.
In April, the Rio Boat Show comes to town, featuring yachts, power boats, sailboats, jets, inflatables, and kayaks. There are hundreds of exhibitors and dozens of events taking place during the week of the show.
When you’re not on a boat in Rio, there are countless things to see and experience to occupy your time. Spend plenty of time exploring the white sand beaches of Rio. Be careful with your valuables while on the beach, and don’t be afraid to try some food from the vendors selling everything from beverages to fried shrimp up and down the coastline.
To spend some time away from the crowds on the beaches, spend some time ascending the gorgeous mountains surrounding Rio. To reach the top of Corcovado, where you can see a breathtaking view of the harbor and see Christ the Redeemer statue up close, opt for the funicular ride or a bus.
Sugar Loaf Mountain is another beautiful experience to have while staying in Rio. It's particularly stunning at sunset and provides a unique vantage point on the city.
The Botanical Gardens in Rio is a nature lovers paradise. Hundreds of plant species fill the area with green and the guided tours are informative.
To get a great inside look at the full cultural spectrum of Rio, consider taking a Favela walking tour. You'll get a new perspective on these colorful slums and learn a lot about the history and current social problems of Rio. There are also many museums of art, history, and culture to visit if you're in Rio on a rainy day or want to learn more about the city.
Marina da Gloria, BR Marina, Marina Barras Club, Bella Marina, and Jet Barra are marinas in Rio de Janeiro that offer hundreds of berths for boats. They are beautiful spots to visit for boat owners and boating enthusiasts. Many have modern facilities, restaurants nearby, and all the amenities you’d need for a successful day of boating.
This boating excursion was the best part of our Rio trip (and we did a lot of excursions)! There were ten of us total (including eight “kids” ages 17 to 25). Communication with Guilherme was very professional and prompt from the very beginning. Neto was our guide (and captain) on the boat and he and his crew did an amazing job! Boat was fabulous and made us feel very “glamorous” for the day. They barbecued lunch for us on the boat (and even got a cake as we were celebrating the 21st birthday of one of our kids). Highly recommend using Guilherme and Neto (and THIS boat) for anyone who wants to see Rio from the water. The trip was simply magical because of these guys. Bravo! 👏👏👏
Fun Boat Experience! Several Hiccups in the beginning but overall the group enjoyed the cruise and the boat was up to par for the group size. In the future, I hope the concierge team does a better job at communicating when things don't go as planned on their end and also add to the listing the per-person life insurance charge required for passengers outside the original booking. Overall, the group had a great time and look forward to visiting Brazil again.
This was such an amazing trip and experience, the entire crew was awesome and we had the most fun ever, I highly recommend booking with this crew!!!
The crew was amazing they provided us with everything we needed . The boat was spacious there were three locations to sit and lounge on the boat. Inside, outback or up too. I would definitely book with this company again.
We had a great time, the food was amazing! The hosts were very accommodating! We highly recommend!
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