Far-removed from the core of the city, Barra da Tijuca exchanges Rio de Janeiro’s traditional apartments and villas for chic condominiums and mega malls. This glass-towered neighborhood borrows its entertainment éclat from cosmopolitan hotspots like Miami, USA. Primped socialites gather in Barra da Tijuca’s glamorous boutiques and glitzy nightclubs. Its beauty goes beyond skin-deep—this neighborhood boasts scenic mountain vistas, the city’s longest stretch of beach, and the notoriety of being South America’s first city to host the Summer Olympics in 2016.See places to stay Save this neighborhood
A Far Away Beachfront Destination
Barra da Tijuca is a new and luxury neighborhood, with several restaurants, cinemas, large shopping centers and big supermarkets. We call Barra da Tijuca as Brazilian Miami."
An Emerging Economy
Barra is a nice, safe, isolated mid-class neighborhood with clean, nice beaches. To be pointed out - if you want to be in the center of Rio, Barra is a 25 minutes drive to Ipanema ($20 per cab) so you might feel slightly isolated."
Visited in 2012
Barra beach is less crowded/touristy than Ipanema/Copacabana/Leblon, so would be my preferred option to spend a day purely sunbathing and relaxing on the beach."
Visited in 2011
Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:
Andre is both a dentist and photographer, living in Rio de Janeiro. He has a huge passion for Rio, and after shooting this project for Airbnb, he is certain that there is no place as beautiful as the city placed between the mountain and the sea.
Fabio Blaser is a Swiss photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to Brazil, he graduated from the University of Plymouth in the UK. When not behind his camera, he enjoys the beaches, waterfalls, rainforest and Brazilian way of life. He loved the opportunity to shoot the wonderful tropical city that he is privileged to call home for Airbnb.
Sam Comen is a 32-year-old bon-vivant and LA native who counts Esquire, Details, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal among his clients. He has been awarded national grants and honors for his long-term portrait essays. On assignment in Rio de Janeiro for 11 days with Airbnb, Sam came to love and admire the city's environment, natural splendor, and the Cariocas' easy-going attitude.
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