This place is as advertised, taxi ride from Rio about 1 hr, pickup was prompt. Beach is basically deserted, the only thing is you probably shouldn't swim directly in front of the house w/ the massive undertow, but there is a life guarded, calmer area a short stroll down the way. The supermarket is limited but the butcher will trim you a nice picanha and makes GREAT sausages.- I highly recommend using the rooftop grill. Town has more than several bars/restaurants..... they do seem to close and open whenever they feel like though. There IS an express bus to downtown Rio- going to downtown Rio from here is more than plausible but we couldn't bring ourselves to leave this bucolic space. This was an ideal couple's retreat and a chance to catch our breath during a fabulous two week Brazilian vacation. I imagine it would be great for a family as well. Pool was larger than we expected! Would love to go back!