Questions & Answers

The Abricó Naturist Association answers frequently asked questions. Other questions are answered on the PERGUNTAS link, but only in Portuguese.  


Choose down your question:

 When the Abrico Naturista Association (ANA) is on the Abricó beach?

Is dangerous go to the Abricó beach when the association is not present on?

Is it possible to take public transportation from Copacabana to Abrico Beach?

May children come to the beach?

Are single men welcome at the beach?

What facilities does the beach have?

Are there guards on the beach?

Does it cost anything to go to the beach?

Is being nude required ?

Does everyone have to follow the Naturist Code of Conduct ?

Where may I stay around Abricó beach?

  

 

When the Abrico Naturista Association (ANA) is on the Abricó beach?

Generally ANA is present on Abricó beach on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays when weather and ocean conditions are favorable. That means that, PROBABLY, on rainy or very cold days or when there is less sand because of sea or tide, the Association will not be present. On the days when we are there, we have staff organized to control and to watch the naturist behavior of ALL people present. There are games, folders distributed, and a climate of respect and harmony.


It's also possible we will be there on special occasions, such as a Friday after a Thursday holiday, or a Monday before a Tuesday holiday, with the same rules and organization as on the weekend. Generally, the week of Carnival, from the Thursday before until the Sunday after, the organization is there every day. On Christmas, New Years (January 1st) and on the second Sunday in May (Mothers Day, in Brazil), ANA is not present on the beach.  (BACK)

Is dangerous go to the Abricó beach when the association is not present on?

WE DO NOT RECOMMEND VISITING ABRICÓ BEACH WHEN THE ASSOCIATION IS NOT PRESENT. Unfortunately many people do not understand the NATURIST PHILOSOPHY, and they behave badly on the public beach. That doesn't mean that you will ALWAYS encounter that kind of problem, but it's very possible.  (BACK)

Is it possible to take public transportation from Copacabana to Abrico Beach?

By bus:  The cheapest way to go to Abrico Beach from Copacabana (or in any location near the sea in the South Zone) is take bus 360 (Recreio) or 382 (Piabas) on Atlantica Avenue (except Sundays), in Copacabana, (on Sundays you can catch the buses on Barata Ribeiro street) (from Ipanema you must take the bus on Vieira Souto Avenue or in Leblon, on Delfim Moreira Avenue)


Get off in any bus stop on Americas Avenue (Avenida das Américas) AFTER Terminal Alvorada, and then take bus 818 (Recreio) or 880 (Recreio)and get off in front of Condomínio MARAMAR, on Macumba Beach. From there you have to go three kilometers (2 miles) on foot, along Avenida Estado de Guanabara, the road that goes around the hills, at the edge of the sea. Go through Prainha, stay on the road. It will go up, but when it goes down again to Grumari beach, as you look seaward, go to your left. Abricó beach is behind the boulders.


Bus lines 749 (Cascadura-Recreio) and 880 (Recreio-Rio das Pedras) also go near the Maramar condominium on Macumba beach.

For maps, visit the site of the Rio Tourism Bureau: www.rio.rj.gov.br/riotur/ 

Instead of getting off the bus in front of MARAMAR you can get off in front of RECREIO SHOPPING CENTER, and then take a taxi to Abrico Beach. It costs approximately 14 reais (US$ 8).

You have another option: If you take the bus PARADOR of BRT System on Terminal Alvorada to SANTA CRUZ or PINGO D'água  you can get off on Benvindo de Novais or Nova Barra Stations near of PREZUNIC SUPERMARKET (16100, Avenue of the Americas - Avenida das Américas) and there take a taxi to Abricó beach (about 20 reals or 23 reals on Sundays). So, you take only one bus. See the map for the location of the supermarket: http://wikimapia.org/1877169/pt/Supermercado-Prezunic 

PAY ATTENTION: Call for more informations before take this way. One more option is take the SURF BUS, which has the main target to carry surfers to the beaches on South an West Zones of the city. It leaves from Largo do Machado Square, on Flamengo district, at 7, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tickets are R$ 10,00. Others Informations: (21) 2527 0891. To talk to the bus ticket seller (also in english) (21) 997775039. See the folder. See the site www.surfbus.com.br

By car: To go to Abrico beach by car, you must go to Barra da Tijuca, taking Avenue of the Americas (Avenida das Américas). When you reach the RECREIO SHOPPING mall on your left, don't go up the bridge but take the smaller road to the right. (The road seems the same Avenue of the Americas, but that continues over the bridge. The road is called Vereador Alceu de Carvalho on the map, but no one knows the name.) Take this road until it reaches the canal. Turn left. At the end of the canal, turn right on the first intersection (Praia da Macumba, next to the MARAMAR residential condominium on the right), and continue following the road by the sea, Avenida Estado da Guanabara, which will climb the mountains. The first beach you will see is PRAINHA, but go on. After the second mountain, the asphalt becoming cobblestones, you go down to Grumari. Park the car, look to the sea and go left. Abricó beach is behind the boulders.

During summer Saturdays and Sunday, access by cars is limited - when the parking lots are full no more cars are allowed in. See LOCAL

Do you wanto to go to Abricó beach in fast, comfortable and safe way?

He takes you from your hotel, home or anywhere you want.

Call and try it.

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May children come to the beach?

Of course they may! The beach in like any other. But we recommend coming on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, when the Association is at the beach. On the other days, except for summer, the beach is very empty.  (BACK)

Are single men welcome at the beach?

Of course they are. There is no distinction between couples and singles. Everyone is welcome if they follow the code of conduct (read ETHICS). Behavior is enforced by the association. (BACK)


What facilities does the beach have?

The beach has foot vendors who sell soft drinks, beer, snacks and "organic" sandwiches. There are also stands that sell the same. On the beach next door, Grumari, in front of the entrance to Abricó, there is a restaurant kiosk which serves several kinds of sandwiches and seafood dishes. Most of the time there are people with chairs and tents or umbrellas to rent, not always. It's best to bring your own because shade is scarce.  (BACK)

Are there guards on the beach?

Abricó is patrolled by the state police and the city guards, but they are unfortunately not there all the time. Two lifeguards watch the sea and provide safety for swimmers. On busy weekends, the association has volunteers who help patrol, on days that aren't rainy.

However, there is no problem with violence or robbery. The beach is very peaceful. Here the biggest problem is violation of the Naturist Code of Conduct by some visitors. On the road there have been cases of car windows being broken to steal radios. So, don't be careless.  (BACK)

Does it cost anything to go to the beach?

No. Admittance is free of charge. Those who want to join the ANA (Abricó Naturist Association) pay monthly dues of R$ 15.00 (individual) or R$ 20,00 (couple ) to help cover the beach's maintenance costs (clean-up, secutiry, etc.).

We also "pass the hat" for those who want to contribute spontaneously, and can.  (BACK)

Is being nude required ?

On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays that aren't rainy, nudity is required for all visitors to provide the expected organization and tranquility. Nudity is requiring including even for the roaming vendors. On the other days of the week, clothing is optional.

Although it isn't required every day it's preferred that visitors are nude, even on weekdays. After all, why go to a nudist beach if not to be nude? A clothed person winds up making naturists feel uncomfortable, especially beginners.  (BACK)

Does everyone have to follow the Naturist Code of Conduct ?

Yes. Any visitor to Abricó Beach, nude or clothed, member or not, has to strictly follow the Naturist Code of Conduct, which is posted at the entrance and distributed to all visitors, under penalty of being warned and removed from the beach, including with the help of the police. Depending on the infraction they may have to answer charges of disorderly conduct. This is very clear in the City Ordinance that established the beach.  (BACK)

Where may I stay around Abricó beach?

Abricó beach is located in the Grumari Environmental Park, where no buildings of any kind are allowed except for official ones, and because of that there are no hotels or guesthouses there. The closest neighborhoods are RECREIO DOS BANDEIRANTES, BARRA DE GUARATIBA and BARRA DA TIJUCA, where is possible to find places to stay. To reach the beach, however, a car is needed. The closest place is the Camping Club do Brasil area on Macumba beach, on the road leading to Abricó beach. http://www.campingclube.com.br/rj_10.htm  There are some hotels around Macumba beach and Recreio do Bandeirantes.

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Go to the RIOTUR site and look. www.rio.rj.gov.br/riotur/

Table of hotels and lodgings near Abricó Beach (about 4 Kilometers/ 2.5 miles) are:

Atlântico Sul Hotel. Address: Av. Professor Armando Ribeiro, 25 - Recreio dos Bandeirantes- Telefone: (21) 3418-9100 - Rio de Janeiro - RJ http://www.atlanticosulhotel.com.br/ 

Mykonos Hotel Residência. Address: Estrada Pontal, 8000 - Recreio dos Bandeirantes - Telefone: (21) -2490-8682 - Rio de Janeiro - RJ http://www.mykonoshotel.com.br/ 

Villa Del Sol Residences. Address: Estrada do Pontal, 7100 - Recreio dos Bandeirantes - Telephone:( 21) -2125-4000 - Rio de Janeiro - RJ http://www.redeprotel.com.br/flats.asp?iframe=flat_villadelsol&titulo=VILLA DEL SOL&flash=fotos_villadelsol.swf   

Hotel Caravelle. Av. Lucio Costa, 17686 Recreio dos Bandeirantes. (21) 2490-2055

Pousada Pacific Estrada do Pontal, 8000 Recreio dos Bandeirantes (21) 2490-8680

Longevité. Rua Nehemias Gueiros, 421 Recreio dos Bandeirantes (21) 2437-6869

Spa Ligia de Azevedo. Estrada do Pontal, 7100. Recreio dos Bandeirantes (21) 2495-9191 / 2495-5959 

Another option, but far from Abricó beach.

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Colaboration: Richard Pedicini



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