Head across the water to Niterói for some terrific beachfront running, interesting buildings in Centro, and great views! If driving from Rio, it’s about 1/2 hr. over the Ponte Pres. Costa e Silva (bridge), but the better way is to take the 20-minute ferry from Praça XV. The waterfront paths are divided into two sections.
Section 1: Praia de Gragoata to Praia de Icaraí. Start just north of the Contemporary Art Museum, and follow the path along the water. It’s part dedicated waterfront path and part sidewalk. There are great views of the water, beach, contemporary buildings, and Rio across the way. Continue along to the end of Praia de Icaraí, itself a 1.5 km runnable beach. It’s 4.2 km one-way, so this is a nice ~5 miler out and back!
The Estrada Leopoldo Fróes continues south for 2 km to Praia de São Francisco, connecting the two sections. It’s interior and a bit hilly. Runnable, but fairly narrow shoulder/sidewalk.
Section 2: Praia de São Francisco to Praia de Charitas/da Areia Grossa. Another nice beachfront run. It’s mainly on a sidewalk passing three beaches , with good views of the water and beach. It’s ~3 km one-way. Praia de São Francisco can be runnable near the water.
- Praia de Gragoata to Praia de Icaraí: 4.2 km one-way; Praia de São Francisco to Praia de Charitas: 3 km one-way
- Fairly flat
- Just north of the Contemporary Art Museum
- Ferry runs between Praça XV in Rio and Praça Arariboia. Takes 20 minutes, leaves every 20 minutes