Post Beach Fun – Rua Farme de Amoedo
After a morning, afternoon or entire day at the beach, head over to the heart of gay Ipanema at Farme de Amoedo Street, which runs from Vieira Souto Avenue and ends at Alberto de Campos Street. Busy during the day and at night, you’ll find a plethora of shops, bars, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes that cater to a gay clientele. Taking a stroll down the Farme Block (the broader area around Rua Farme de Amoedo) will land you at Cafeina e To Nem Ai (a popular spot for some cocktails at the beginning of the evening), Dama de Ferro, W, Café Felice, and Galeria Café.
This beach is part of a preservation area in Barra da Tijuca. Although not classified as a gay beach, it is gay-friendly and becoming a bit of a hub within the gay population. With white sands and enclosed by the vegetation from the Atlantic forest, it’s stunning, yet a bit further away from the usual tourist areas.
Praia do Abrico
While not exclusively gay, Abrico is gay-friendly and a nudist beach, so feel free to go around in your birthday suit. Off the beaten track, it is accessible through Grumari, which is at the far side of Barra da Tijuca. Be careful when taking photos there; though selfies will probably be overlooked, photos of the beach and its visitors can get you kicked out.