By Anna Fitzpatrick, Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - Beaches in Brazil can be crowded places this time of year, with locals and tourists celebrating the heat and holiday season. In this respect, Cariocas (Rio residents) and Paulistanos (from São Paulo) agree, though the massive crowds can be off-putting for those looking for a bit of peace and quiet.

Luckily there is plenty to offer those ready to explore the hidden beaches dotting the coastline of São Paulo . . .

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