By Hakan Almerfors, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's immense coastline is full of amazing beaches, and the state of Rio de Janeiro is no exception. Some of these, like Copacabana and Ipanema are famous around the world, but others are further off the beaten path, waiting to be explored. To find out about these hidden gems though, some insider information is needed.

This guide should be used along with a good map like "Praias - Quatro Rodas" (available in a better newsstand). For solitude, avoid weekends and holidays, and this is especially true for beaches closer to larger towns . . .

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