Small, lush and isolated — Samuca beach is well worth the two-hour hike from Martins de Sá which is another three hours from Rio. To get here, you’ll have to trek through the Reserva Biological da Joatinga which is totally inaccessible by road. Winding alongside the paths you’ll pass waterfalls, rivers and the beautifully biodiverse forest. When you finally reach Samuca the jungle opens up to a small golden beach lined with boulders, slippery as the ocean laps their sides. You’ll immediately want to jump into the blue waters to cool off after your hike — the view so beautiful and remote you may have trouble peeling yourself away.
North American, European, Australian travellers can fly to Rio de Janeiro. Sumaca Beach is located in Paraty. You can rent a car and drive along the coast to Paraty from where you can head to Sumaca beach.