• Great place!
  • Nice place!
  • Ok place.

Pontal Rock

Female opinion

Another not so well-known but really awesome place. You will have a serious workout while climbing Pontal Rock and an unbelievable view of Rio from a different angle. Even if you don't make it up to the top like me (it gets quite steep in the end where you have to use a rope to climb up), you will still get the view of a sand triangle in the meeting point of Recreio and Macumba beaches. Just imagine: the most beautiful white sand stretching 8 km to the left and 18 km to the right.

Male opinion

Great small rock island. The coolest thing is its placement between Recreio and Macumba beaches. It stands proudly at the end of a sandy strip which reaches out into the sea, dividing and at the same time uniting the two beaches. On the sand strip one can enjoy both beaches as the waves reach the shore from both sides. You can get to the hill by making your way through ankle-deep water and climb it to the top for beautiful views of the surrounding beaches, including the 18 km long Barra and Recreio beachline.

Located in Recreio neighborhood, Pedra do Pontal is also known as Pontal de Sernambetiba and Pontal Tim Maia. The last name is dedicated to a famous Brazilian singer because of his song “Do Leme ao Pontal”. The rock island divides the sandy oceanfront into two separate beaches - Recreio and Macumba.

Tips about Pedra do Pontal:

  • The way up is not very extreme, but demands some caution, as the smooth slippery rock has no walking path. At the top there is also a bit where you really need to climb, so better to bring good shoes, not flip-flops.

Song about Pedra do Pontal

Famous Brazilian songwriter Tim Maia has written a song "Do Leme ao Pontal" to signify the continuous beachfront that runs from Leme Rock to Pontal Rock.


Quick facts

Type: rock island
Touristic: no
Getting there: takes a long time
Minimal transport: bus
Height: 120 meters
Difficulty: medium
Cost: free
Other names: Pedra do Pontal, Pontal de Sernambetiba, Pontal Tim Maia
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How to get there

Address: Pedra do Pontal

Hood: Recreio dos Bandeirantes

From Ipanema, General Osorio: 

1. Take the bus to Recreio (buses that have Recreio written as destination).
2. Get off the bus at Pedra do Pontal, Recreio (ask the driver to let you know).
3. Walk to the beach and you will see it.

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