By Oliver Bazely, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With the excesses of Carnival and the stifling heat of summer fading, now is the time to get out of the city and into the countryside. There are no shortage of places to indulge these healthy urges, but for those looking for both views and a beach, Itacoatiara in Niteroi offers the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure.

Itacoatiara is best known for its legendary surf, with a beach break that can produce some huge barrels, as well as point break which is popular with bodyboarders.

The main beach is 1 . . .

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