Destination guide

Have a rip-roaring good time in the State of Rio de Janeiro

Ready, set, samba—it's time for a vacation in Rio de Janeiro! It isn't just the capital city that offers the prospect of fun-filled hours, as the entire eponymous state holds much promise, too. Expansive beaches and jacuzzi-warm water on the coast, tropical mountain forests, and a perennially vibrant culture make the region one of the top travel destinations in Brazil. Book State of Rio de Janeiro vacation rentals and get ready to party with your posse during Carnival or spend quality time with the family in the lush mountain resorts of Petropolis and Teresopolis.

Things to do

Are Rio ready for this? Art attacks in Rio de Janeiro

Sunlight isn't the only thing you can soak up in Rio. The region is steeped in history and culture, and State of Rio de Janeiro vacation rentals put you close to attractions like the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum), where you can feast your eyes on Brazilian art dating from the 17th century, as well as works by some world-renowned artists. A nirvana for history buffs, the former imperial city of Petropolis is where you'll find the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcantara, where Pedro II, Brazil's last emperor, is entombed. Don't miss Rio's icon, the 98-foot-tall Art Deco statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Activities

Rio's 3 R's: Reading, riding, and rhythm

Bring the kids to the Festa Literaria Internacional de Paraty (FLIP) literary festival, held annually in July or August in Paraty, where they can join creative workshops and meet with writers and illustrators. When it comes to outdoor activities, the whole family can sign up for horse riding classes in Saquarema farms and ranches, or join bike tours in the capital to see its most famous landmarks. For some of the best live music in town, head over to the bohemian Lapa neighborhood, where you'll find yourself swaying to the rhythms of forro, chorinho, and pagode.

Weather

State of Rio de Janeiro: a tropical treat in all seasons

It's warm as toast on the coast in the summer months from December to March, where the annual mean temperature is around 79 degrees—perfect for just lounging on the beach. Go farther inland and you'll find summer temperatures a bit cooler at 72 degrees. Though the entire state enjoys a tropical climate, it can get quite frigid in winter, from June to September, when the temperature dives to a low of 46 degrees. It also isn't unheard of for mountain cities like Nova Friburgo, Teresopolis, and Petropolis to experience subzero temperatures, with a side of frost and snow.

Natural features

At the copa (Copacabana), you'll fall in love

If an amazing beach holiday is what you're after, State of Rio de Janeiro vacation rentals will put you close to some of the best beaches on the planet. You can go paddleboarding in world-famous Copacabana Beach, splash in the tide pools of Ipanema Beach, and jam to live music at sunset at Leme Beach. If mountains are your thing, then Itatiaia National Park is sure to please. Located in the Mantiqueira Mountains, it's Brazil's oldest national park. Feel free to go chasing waterfalls, or to stick to the rivers and lakes.

Can I find a vacation rental around State of Rio de Janeiro?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,602 vacation rentals near State of Rio de Janeiro. From 2,735 Houses to 3,228 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the State of Rio de Janeiro area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in State of Rio de Janeiro?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in State of Rio de Janeiro. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Rio de Janeiro: 2,580 vacation rentals
  • Zona Sul: 1,864 vacation rentals
  • Copacabana: 1,441 vacation rentals
  • Ipanema: 1,060 vacation rentals
  • Barra da Tijuca: 354 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in State of Rio de Janeiro! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in State of Rio de Janeiro?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in State of Rio de Janeiro:

  • Rio de Janeiro: 2,580 rentals
  • Armação de Búzios: 2,084 rentals
  • Arraial do Cabo: 1,474 rentals
  • Paraty: 404 rentals
  • Cabo Frio: 2,576 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to State of Rio de Janeiro?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in State of Rio de Janeiro are:

  • Petropolis (QPE): 290 vacation rentals
  • Santos Dumont Airport (SDU): 2,468 vacation rentals
  • Rio de Janeiro–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG): 2,473 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in State of Rio de Janeiro?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in State of Rio de Janeiro. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro: 2,492 rentals
  • Buziosnauta: 2,502 rentals
  • Imbetiba Point Lighthouse: 68 rentals
  • Leblon Beach: 2,568 rentals
  • Virgo Beach: 1,169 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around State of Rio de Janeiro listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around State of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro
2,580 vacation rentals
Armação de Búzios
2,084 vacation rentals
Arraial do Cabo
1,474 vacation rentals
Paraty
404 vacation rentals
Cabo Frio
2,576 vacation rentals
Angra dos Reis
432 vacation rentals
Niterói
2,078 vacation rentals
Teresópolis
239 vacation rentals
Macaé
91 vacation rentals
Maricá
198 vacation rentals
Miguel Pereira
107 vacation rentals
Saquarema
184 vacation rentals
Nova Friburgo
75 vacation rentals
Rio das Ostras
130 vacation rentals
Petrópolis
312 vacation rentals
Mangaratiba
300 vacation rentals
Iguaba Grande
229 vacation rentals
São João de Meriti
37 vacation rentals
Nilópolis
90 vacation rentals
Sana
25 vacation rentals