For my first beach experience in Brazil, we went to Praia de Ipenema on Christmas Day. It was one of the hottest days in Rio so far, so the beach was packed.
After we established our area, a guy from one of the beach bars took our drink orders for 6 Coca Zeros (Diet Coke doesn't exist in Brazil) and we just sat back, relaxed and took in the scene.
Here are a couple of things that I loved about Ipenema:
1. The bathing suits were as scandalous as I thought they would be. I would have been disappointed if they weren't.
2. Lots of people were swimming
3. My sister bought one the bikinis they sell on the beach umbrellas
4. There were people of all ages there, and everyone seemed to be having a great time.
A must on any trip to Rio.