Rio’s beaches are famous. Sometimes too famous. For a more tranquil experience, seek out the solitude of Rio’s lesser-known shores. The secluded cove of Prainha Beach offers travelers a bigger patch of sand and clearer waters than Copacabana. At Itacoatiara Beach, the dramatic cliffs and jungle-like greenery will have you feeling like you’re on a different planet. Both beaches are popular with surfers. Buy a hot fish sandwich and watch locals ride the waves into shore. All of Rio’s beaches are more peaceful during the weekdays and in the low season (May through September).