Wheelchair accessible beaches in Rio de Janeiro

Cadeira de Rodas na praia acessível da Adaptsurf no LeblonTo make your visit to Rio complete, nothing like enjoying a beach! This is perhaps the most democratic activity in the city, bringing people from all classes and corners of Rio together in one place.

Despite the large strip of soft sand to get down to the water, there are wheelchair accessible beach venues with specially designed mats and volunteers to help. Both Adaptsurf and Praia Para Todos projects are totally free and very good. They are located in different beaches and, if possible, visit both!

The projects are not limited to offering beach wheelchairs and accessible mats, but they also offer activities such as surfing, sit-down paddling, beach sitting volleybal and more.

Adaptsurf Project

Logo da Adaptsurf

The project runs year-round and has wheelchair accessible mats to get to the sand, beach wheelchairs, accessible surfboards and volunteers to help. According to the sea conditions, the activities may not happen. The information is usually posted on Adaptsurf’s page on Facebook. Highly recommended for the year-round activities and for those who want to try wheelchair accessible surf. There are even some disabled surf championships!

Saturday: Praia da Barra – Posto 2 – from 09 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: Leblon Beach – Post 11 – 9am to 2pm


Praia Para Todos Project

Logo do Praia Para Todos

The project runs on summer months, from December to April (subject to confirmation on the project’s Facebook page). There are wheelchair accessible mats,  beach wheelchairs and some activities like surfing, sitting down volleyball (Barra), sit-down paddling and handbiking (Copacabana). Highly recommended for those seeking to relax at the calm waters of Posto 6 in Copacabana Beach.

Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 2pm
Praia da Barra – Posto 3 (in front of Praça do Ó)
Copacabana Beach – Posto 6 (in front of Júlio de Castilhos Street)
Praia do Leblon – Posto 11 – Riba’s Kiosk (in front of Afrânio de Mello Franco Street)