Recently for a long weekend we went to a beach area close enough to home. It is called Angra dos Reis. It was very pretty and a great 5 days together as a family, despite all of the rain that came for the weekend.
We rode horses to a private river area,
rented a boat to take us to Ilha Grande and got to the see the "7th most beautiful beach in the world" according to our boat captain!
Lopes Mendes is a beach on the open ocean side of Ilha Grande. It really was amazingly beautiful, whether or not it is on any list. It is horse-shoe shaped and has some of the prettiest colors of blue and green of any ocean that I have seen.
We had a great time and it was a much needed escape from the daily grind of life...no matter where you live :)