By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Barra’s Zona Oeste (West Zone) beaches offer some of the best surfing in the whole of Rio state. With fewer crowds than Arpoador, Ipanema, Copacabana or Leblon and more consistent waves, it’s no wonder the area is gaining popularity as a surf spot for tourists.

The beaches of Macumba and Recreio das Bandeirantes, located in Barra, have been consistently ranked as one of Rio de . . .

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