3. Grumari Beach, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

While Ipanema may have been immortalized in the 1960s bossa nova classic, Rio de Janeiro lays claim to several spectacular beaches. Away from the crowds in an environmentally protected area, Grumari Beach is Rio’s best-kept secret. Bordered by striking mountains and bounded by wild vegetation, Grumari’s soft fine sand and gentle waves feel a world apart from the crowds of Ipanema.