Who goes… Eager tourists, local families, and leathery octogenarians (still proudly rocking their bitsy bikinis).
Who goes… Glamazons, playboys, and the privileged, surgically enhanced Cariocas of central Zona Sul.
Who goes… Volleyball players, footballers, skaters, surfers, and anyone else who puts exercise above tanning.
Barra da Tijuca
Who goes… Kitesurfers, soccer stars, and very few tourists (it’s a 25-minute taxi or bus ride from Zona Sul).
Who goes… Rio’s cool crowd, including surfers, their hangers-on, tokers, dog-lovers, and the neighborhood’s well-to-do villa owners.
Who goes… families and Cariocas who could care less about the see-and-be-seen scene.