There are several beaches within the greater Niteroi area. Those that are along the Guanabara Bay may look nice, but the waters are not recommended by most people for swimming.
If you want to do more than just sun bathe, you must either go to Ipanema or Copacabana on the Rio side of the bay, or go another 30~40 minutes to the Atlantic Coast.
Most of these beaches are named after their neighborhood, so you have Icarai, Charitas, Sao Francisco, Itacoatiara, Camboinhas, Pratinininga and Itaipu. Okay, there are actually a few more too, but those are the principle ones.
Each has a slightly different characteristic. Some are wide, which gentle water, more fitting for a lazy day. Others have large crashing waves, perfect for surfers
Itacoatiara - a surfer's beach. Between two rocky mountains, the waves are strong. There are a few food kiosks here. To reach here, take bus #38 or #770D
Camboinhas - a long beach with waves typically being calm. It is good for someone who may only like to go in the water for a short moment between sun tanning sessions. There are a few small food kiosks here. To reach here, take bus #39
Pratinininga - a long beach with waves depending much on the weather. It offers one of the better views of across to Rio with Sugar Loaf in sight. There are a few small food kiosks here. To reach here, take bus #39
Itaipu - a very calm beach, good for sun bathing and young families. There is a small fishing village here. To reach here, take bus #38 or #770D
There are no shortage of little neighborhoods and beaches, but most of the swimmable beaches are around Itaipu.
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Niteroi (Icarai & San Francisco) Beaches
The beaches in Icarai and São Francisco are rather inviting. The water gently laps on the sand and the sun warms the skin. The sand is clean (typically), since they do clean it with machines early in the mornings.
Most people will come early in the morning, between 6am and noon. And then they will return again after 4pm until the sun sets. Lots of people come to jog, play volleyball, football, etc. However, few people will actually go swimming.
The beaches are clean and white, but the water is dirty and black. The locals I've met have told me a few decades ago it was clean, but it gets worse every year. There are signs warning people no to go into the water within 24hr after it rains since all sewage drains directly into the water. In my humble opinion, I would not recommend it. Those that do go swimming here really do not have other options, or simply do not care.
If you want to go swimming, you should go to the sports club, or go further out to the Atlantic beaches.
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A FAMOUS ARCHITECT CRIATION
The Comtemporary Art Museum is the most famous landmark in the city!!! It is also one of the last Oscar Niemeyer's criation, the same one who projected our capital Brasilia!!!
Regular tours when they have Niteroi for visit always go there and stay there!!! Which is not far for this lovely city with full of other more interesting things!!!
Under the ground the place holds a cool surprise..a very nice scenic restaurant that gives you a fantastic view of the Bay and the food is terrific!!!
This is one of the best way to taste brazilian food with Style!!!
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói
Poised like a spaceship on the edge of a cliff, Oscar Niemeyer's extraordinary museum (completed in 1996) forms an attractive new landmark for Niterói. The Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói - MAC (Niterói Contemporary Art Museum) occupies a rocky promontory of breathtaking views of Rio. Given the alien quality of Rio's landscape, it seems appropriate that the form of the museum should most obviously suggest a flying saucer, seemingly poised for take-off on the edge of the water.
The magic continues inside with an observation gallery following a band of picture windows around the outside circumference, inviting visitors to enjoy excellent views of Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay and Niterói itself. As a gallery, the museum presents a frequently changing selection of the best of Brazilian contemporary art, focusing on sculpture, textiles and painting. However, the best piece of work on display is the building itself.
At the time of my visit, the museum had a privilege of presenting the original works of one of the world's most important collections of Greco-Roman art from the Pergamom Museum in Berlin, Greek Gods. The idea was to celebrate the 10 years of MAC, as well the 99th anniversary of architect Oscar Niemeyer (15th of December).
The museum is open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm; admission is 5 R$ (January 2007).
more pics in the Travelogue
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On thIf you take the ferry, between Rio and Niteroi, you can catch a nice boat show/dance... they come together, make circles and all sorts of other tricks....
You can see it in the background
It goes from Rio to Niteroi....as i was told, i found it....well awfully long!
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