By Esmee Verbeek and Ségolène Poirier, Contributing Reporters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For both short-term visitors and those living in Rio, a nice day trip escape from the crowded beaches of Zona Sul (South Zone) is the sweeping coastline of Barra de Tijuca and Recreio Beach in Zona Oeste (West Zone). Tranquil nature and serene beaches, as well as restaurants and shopping malls can be found just thirty minutes away, depending on the traffic.

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