|at a glance||
as far as demographics go, são conrado beach is divided in two very distinct sections. on the eastern side of the beach, near the local lifeguard tower, the crowds are made up of many residents of the nearby favela rocinha. on the opposite end, along the section called praia do pepino, many sports enthusiasts congregate as it is the landing strip for hang gliders and para gliding - here it is more likely to find international tourists. the area is usually very calm and rarely crowded during the week days, there are beachgoers looking for privacy and complete peace.