Brazil is a huge country with miles upon miles of coastline and with that comes a unique beach culture. From the ubiquitous Havaiana flip flops to the barely there dental floss bikini bottoms to the cold beer and coconuts sold at even the most remote Brazilian beach, Brazil beaches are special! I was lucky enough during my too short trip to Brazil to check out beaches in Florianopolis on Ilha de Santa Catarina (more here), super remote beaches on Ilha Grande (more here), and the super popular urban beaches of Rio de Janeiro (more here). Words won’t do the beach culture justice, so check out the photos.
WHAT TO WEAR TO THE BEACH: HAVAIANAS and BIKINIS
Beach culture in Brazil is characterized by the famous Havaianas flip flops. Young, old, men, and women all sport these practical Brazilian footwear. Made of plastic and coming in a variety of colors, Havaianas are the footwear of choice around town, at the beach, and while hiking.
Another super popular Brazilian beach item is the barely-there bikini bottom. Nicknamed dental floss, Brazilian bikini bottoms are not meant to cover up your ass but instead show it off. Anyone and everyone sports these teeny bottoms and they are for sale in every beach town. Incredibly, Brazilian women are actually quite modest and NEVER go topless at the beach.
EATING and DRINKING
You are highly discouraged from bringing anything to the urban beaches of Rio mainly because theft is super common. Also, why bring food and drink when it can purchased all along the beach? Fresh coconut water, chilled beer, sandwiches, mate (a native tea), and even skewered shrimps are all for sale just steps from your lounge chair. The trend of food and drink for sale at the beach wasn’t just in urban areas. Even on the remote beaches, like Lopes Mendes on Ilha Grande, drinks and food were for sale. You paid more than standard price since the items had to be hiked in by the locals, but a cold beer at a beautiful beach is totally worth it.
All sorts of sports were played on the beaches in Brazil. There was sand soccer, sand volleyball, surfing, and I even saw a version of sand tennis.