I don’t trust currents, so I always think twice before swimming. Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) is like an oasis to children, grandparents and me. It is small and sea is almost flat, so do not come here if you are looking for surfers.
Praia Vermelha beach is located in the neighborhood Urca, and close to Sugarloaf Mountain. Urca is a residential neighborhood and you can see some brazilians artists like the singer Lenine buying bread in traditional markets. Urca has also a military base closer to Praia Vermelha, which makes it safe.