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Guidebook for Rio de Janeiro

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Guidebook for Rio de Janeiro

Restaurants, Bars & Botequins
Rio has upscale and casual restaurants , with many in the Ipanema neighborhood
Paz e Amor (Peace and Love) is an excellent traditional Brazilian indoor/outdoor restaurant with reasonable prices. It's very unpretentious. Meals are large enough for two people. The Frango Milanese (breaded pan fried split chicken breast) with Arroz Grega (Greek style rice ) is a typical dish. The fried shrimp is fantastic as well. For a quick inexpensive meal you can sit on the social side of the restaurant that serves plates of the day (prato do dia). Or relax in the main restaurant and enjoy the service of wiaters who have worked there 25+ years.
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Paz e Amor
173 Rua Garcia d'Avila
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Paz e Amor (Peace and Love) is an excellent traditional Brazilian indoor/outdoor restaurant with reasonable prices. It's very unpretentious. Meals are large enough for two people. The Frango Milanese (breaded pan fried split chicken breast) with Arroz Grega (Greek style rice ) is a typical dish. The fried shrimp is fantastic as well. For a quick inexpensive meal you can sit on the social side of the restaurant that serves plates of the day (prato do dia). Or relax in the main restaurant and enjoy the service of wiaters who have worked there 25+ years.
A classic Brazilian botequim (casual indoor/outdoor restaurant/bar) . They serve picanha churrasco (steak) grilled at the table, pizza, galeto (small chicken whole), fish dishes, appetizers, and cold chopp (draft beer). The restaurant stays open very late and is walking distance from the apartment to pickup a pizza to go. Big TVs for futebol of course! On Saturdays they serve Cozido and Feijoada on Sundays! One of our favorite botequins in Brasil. Francisco is a wonderful waiter.
Botequim do Itahy
74 R. Maria Quitéria
A classic Brazilian botequim (casual indoor/outdoor restaurant/bar) . They serve picanha churrasco (steak) grilled at the table, pizza, galeto (small chicken whole), fish dishes, appetizers, and cold chopp (draft beer). The restaurant stays open very late and is walking distance from the apartment to pickup a pizza to go. Big TVs for futebol of course! On Saturdays they serve Cozido and Feijoada on Sundays! One of our favorite botequins in Brasil. Francisco is a wonderful waiter.
A churrascaria rodizio in Ipanema next to General Osorio park. It's the classic all you can eat steak and other meats affair. They also have a very good buffet bar with sushi, salad, and traditional Brazilian dishes. It's very reasonably priced for this type of restaurant. We recommend walking the 4 blocks to Carretao from the apartment for dinner 8-9pm , and taking a taxi or Uber ride back to the apartment if it's past 10pm. Tip: don't load up on the appetizers before you've had the beef! $$$
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Carretão Ipanema Classic Grill
112 R. Visc. de Pirajá
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A churrascaria rodizio in Ipanema next to General Osorio park. It's the classic all you can eat steak and other meats affair. They also have a very good buffet bar with sushi, salad, and traditional Brazilian dishes. It's very reasonably priced for this type of restaurant. We recommend walking the 4 blocks to Carretao from the apartment for dinner 8-9pm , and taking a taxi or Uber ride back to the apartment if it's past 10pm. Tip: don't load up on the appetizers before you've had the beef! $$$
A wonderful casual dining restaurant just 2 blocks from the apartment, which offers fresh healthy fare, including salads, soups and sandwiches. It's very popular and gets crowded in the early evening. The menu board can be a bit confusing for foreigners, so ask for the English paper menu.
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Delírio Tropical Ipanema
48 Rua Garcia d'Avila
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A wonderful casual dining restaurant just 2 blocks from the apartment, which offers fresh healthy fare, including salads, soups and sandwiches. It's very popular and gets crowded in the early evening. The menu board can be a bit confusing for foreigners, so ask for the English paper menu.
This is an excellent "por kilo" buffet restaurant, meaning that you pay only for the weight of the food that you eat. The churrasco (beef) counter is really good and fresh meat grilled in the moment. We like to eat here in the mid afternoon for a late lunch or early dinner, when it's not crowded.
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Frontera
128 R. Visc. de Pirajá
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This is an excellent "por kilo" buffet restaurant, meaning that you pay only for the weight of the food that you eat. The churrasco (beef) counter is really good and fresh meat grilled in the moment. We like to eat here in the mid afternoon for a late lunch or early dinner, when it's not crowded.
Cervantes is often called a Copacabana "institution", which happens to be a very accurate description. Older male waiters wearing white coats and black bow ties serve large sandwiches to hungry, often intoxicated diners, from noon until 3-5am every day of the week.
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Restaurante Cervantes
335 Av. Prado Júnior
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Cervantes is often called a Copacabana "institution", which happens to be a very accurate description. Older male waiters wearing white coats and black bow ties serve large sandwiches to hungry, often intoxicated diners, from noon until 3-5am every day of the week.
Alvaro's is one of many laid back traditional Brazilian restaurants, whose dining room shelters regular older customers who drink whiskey with their meals. Leblon families also love the place, as the portions are large (most often enough for 2 people) and the entrees are delicately prepared.
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Álvaro's
87 Rua Cupertino Durão
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Alvaro's is one of many laid back traditional Brazilian restaurants, whose dining room shelters regular older customers who drink whiskey with their meals. Leblon families also love the place, as the portions are large (most often enough for 2 people) and the entrees are delicately prepared.
Enjoy some of the best sushi in Rio and watch the rich and famous.
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Sushi Leblon
256 Rua Dias Ferreira
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Enjoy some of the best sushi in Rio and watch the rich and famous.
An excellent Italian bistro just 2 blocks from the apartment
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Alessandro & Frederico Café
134 Rua Garcia d'Avila
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An excellent Italian bistro just 2 blocks from the apartment
Carretão (translates to "Wagon Wheel") is a favorite Brazilian steakhouse with both Cariocas and tourists alike, because of its great service and value. It's our favorite Churrascaria restaurant in Rio!
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Carretão Ipanema Classic Grill
112 R. Visc. de Pirajá
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Carretão (translates to "Wagon Wheel") is a favorite Brazilian steakhouse with both Cariocas and tourists alike, because of its great service and value. It's our favorite Churrascaria restaurant in Rio!
An often overlooked Sushi Rodizio (all you can eat!) restaurant located in the lobby of the Rio Everest hotel just 2 blocks from the apartment.
Dombri Edo
An often overlooked Sushi Rodizio (all you can eat!) restaurant located in the lobby of the Rio Everest hotel just 2 blocks from the apartment.
Bar do Beto is a small relaxed traditional Brazilian restaurant with about 20 tables, located 2 blocks up from the beach on a side street that has numerous restaurants, bars, and cafes. Bar do Beto is one of those restaurants that serves unpretentious yet perfectly prepared dishes.
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Bar do Beto
51 R. Farme de Amoedo
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Bar do Beto is a small relaxed traditional Brazilian restaurant with about 20 tables, located 2 blocks up from the beach on a side street that has numerous restaurants, bars, and cafes. Bar do Beto is one of those restaurants that serves unpretentious yet perfectly prepared dishes.
If you like Cachaça and Caipirinhas and are looking for the real thing, then the 21 year old Academia da Cachaça in Leblon is the place to visit. Located in the upscale Leblon neighborhood, it's a short cab ride to get to here from Copacabana or Ipanema and is well worth the trip
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Academia da Cachaca
26 Rua Conde de Bernadotte
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If you like Cachaça and Caipirinhas and are looking for the real thing, then the 21 year old Academia da Cachaça in Leblon is the place to visit. Located in the upscale Leblon neighborhood, it's a short cab ride to get to here from Copacabana or Ipanema and is well worth the trip
This is the botequim where Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes wrote their most famous song "The Girl from Ipanema", for which the botequim is now named. Legend has it that a "..tall and tan and young and lovely girl from Ipanema went walking.." by this bar on her way to the beach.
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Restaurante e Bar Garota de Ipanema
49 R. Vinícius de Moraes
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This is the botequim where Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes wrote their most famous song "The Girl from Ipanema", for which the botequim is now named. Legend has it that a "..tall and tan and young and lovely girl from Ipanema went walking.." by this bar on her way to the beach.
Bar Lagoa is locally famous for serving excellent and very cold Brahma Chopp and German dishes. So it's also a great place to stop for a beer after an afternoon walk around Lagoa Rodrigo Freitas, or in the later evening when a younger more raucous crowd takes over.
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Bar Lagoa
1674 Av. Epitácio Pessoa
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Bar Lagoa is locally famous for serving excellent and very cold Brahma Chopp and German dishes. So it's also a great place to stop for a beer after an afternoon walk around Lagoa Rodrigo Freitas, or in the later evening when a younger more raucous crowd takes over.
Bar Urca serves excellent Pestiscos (appetizers) and Pastels. Pastel de Camarao (Shrimp turnover), fried Sardines, and Bolinho de bacalhau (deep fried cod balls) are among the favorites. Dinner entrees include typical Brazilian fare, as well as seafood dishes. Try the "Bacalhau a Portuguesa" (Codfish Portuguese style).
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Bar e Restaurante Urca
205 Rua Cândido Gaffrée
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Bar Urca serves excellent Pestiscos (appetizers) and Pastels. Pastel de Camarao (Shrimp turnover), fried Sardines, and Bolinho de bacalhau (deep fried cod balls) are among the favorites. Dinner entrees include typical Brazilian fare, as well as seafood dishes. Try the "Bacalhau a Portuguesa" (Codfish Portuguese style).
Very good sushi to go or to dine at sidewalk table side. Two locations in Ipanema.
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Koni
77 - E R. Maria Quitéria
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Very good sushi to go or to dine at sidewalk table side. Two locations in Ipanema.
An excellent por Kilo restaurant (Buffet where you pay by the weight) just 2 blocks from the apartment. Two blocks down towards Leblon and it's on the right , just after the obelisk at the Praça Espanha.
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Kilograma
644 R. Visc. de Pirajá
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An excellent por Kilo restaurant (Buffet where you pay by the weight) just 2 blocks from the apartment. Two blocks down towards Leblon and it's on the right , just after the obelisk at the Praça Espanha.
This is a secret spot . Prana Grille is a small por kilo restaurant open only Monday - Friday during the day, located one block from the apartment in the Top Center at 550 Rua Visconde de Piraja. Take the escalator to the second floor. They also have a sushi chef who prepares to order. You can take sushi back to the apartment on a rainy day.
Prâna Grill
550 R. Visc. de Pirajá
This is a secret spot . Prana Grille is a small por kilo restaurant open only Monday - Friday during the day, located one block from the apartment in the Top Center at 550 Rua Visconde de Piraja. Take the escalator to the second floor. They also have a sushi chef who prepares to order. You can take sushi back to the apartment on a rainy day.
A moderately priced upscale bar/restaurant one block from the apartment , at the corner of Rua Visconde de Piraja and Rua Anibel de Mendonça. Located in the former space of the "Devassa" Bar, and is now part of the Mar Ipanema Hotel. As the name implies, they specialize in Duck with orange sauce. It's a nice spot to have drinks and pestiscos (appetizers) and people watch at the end of the day.
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Pato com Laranja Bar e Restaurante
539 R. Visc. de Pirajá
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A moderately priced upscale bar/restaurant one block from the apartment , at the corner of Rua Visconde de Piraja and Rua Anibel de Mendonça. Located in the former space of the "Devassa" Bar, and is now part of the Mar Ipanema Hotel. As the name implies, they specialize in Duck with orange sauce. It's a nice spot to have drinks and pestiscos (appetizers) and people watch at the end of the day.
Essentials
nearby shopping and currency exchange services
Excellent exchange rates for foreign currency into Brazilian Reais. 437 Rua Visconde de Piraja.
Dekole Travel Business
437 R. Visc. de Pirajá
Excellent exchange rates for foreign currency into Brazilian Reais. 437 Rua Visconde de Piraja.
Just across the street is this upscale supermarket which is open until 11pm. Go here for essential food and drink items and grocery items. They have a pizzeria in the back upstairs which is popular for families and singles in the early evening. We buy fresh baked bread here most mornings and fruit to make batidas (smoothies) in our blender. Buy your Brazilian coffee here to brew in the apartment! $$
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Zona Sul Supermarket
504 R. Visc. de Pirajá
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Just across the street is this upscale supermarket which is open until 11pm. Go here for essential food and drink items and grocery items. They have a pizzeria in the back upstairs which is popular for families and singles in the early evening. We buy fresh baked bread here most mornings and fruit to make batidas (smoothies) in our blender. Buy your Brazilian coffee here to brew in the apartment! $$
A department store that carries essential items for bath and other needs. Also has a CD store upstairs.
Lojas Americanas
526 R. Visc. de Pirajá
A department store that carries essential items for bath and other needs. Also has a CD store upstairs.
Getting Around
Options include the Metro (one block away), Taxi (hail in front of the apartment, Bus stop at front of the apartment) and Uber.
You can order an Uber ride using their app and our apartment's WiFi. You can track the drivers route with some accuracy. The driver won't be able to text you of his arrival unless you have a local cell phone number, so you should walk down the curb in front of the building and look for the car by description and tag #. Brazilian cars license plates on both the front and back. Uber in Rio is very reliable and inexpensive. Taxis are also good and cheaper than most other big cities.
Uber
365 Av. Alm. Silvio de Noronha
You can order an Uber ride using their app and our apartment's WiFi. You can track the drivers route with some accuracy. The driver won't be able to text you of his arrival unless you have a local cell phone number, so you should walk down the curb in front of the building and look for the car by description and tag #. Brazilian cars license plates on both the front and back. Uber in Rio is very reliable and inexpensive. Taxis are also good and cheaper than most other big cities.
This park has a Metro station and is one block from the apartment
Praça Nossa Senhora da Paz
This park has a Metro station and is one block from the apartment
Shopping
High quality casual fashions in the shop next door to the apartment
Fine jewelry without taxes for foreigners. Take a tour of the headquarters.
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H. Stern
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Fine jewelry without taxes for foreigners. Take a tour of the headquarters.
Bossa Nova music shop - albums, CDs, DVDs, and occasional live music with local artists
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Toca do Vinicius
129 R. Vinícius de Moraes
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Bossa Nova music shop - albums, CDs, DVDs, and occasional live music with local artists
Great rainy day excursion just a 10 minute walk from the apartment
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Shopping Leblon
290 Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco
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Great rainy day excursion just a 10 minute walk from the apartment
Nice clothing store on the next block
Armadillo
468 Rua Visconde de Pirajá
Nice clothing store on the next block
Excellent clothing store in the Leblon Shopping Mall
WÖLLNER
290 Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco
Excellent clothing store in the Leblon Shopping Mall
Many shops and a good Kilo restaurant with Sushi chef on the 2nd floor.
Clínica SerpaCosta Ipanema
550 R. Visc. de Pirajá
Many shops and a good Kilo restaurant with Sushi chef on the 2nd floor.
Sightseeing
Visit the iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro
Visit in the mid morning or late afternoon to avoid the tour bus crowds. Visit the small outdoor restaurant 2 levels below base of the statue for good drinks, snacks, views of Ipanema, and a clean restroom
Christ the Redeemer Statue Rio
Visit in the mid morning or late afternoon to avoid the tour bus crowds. Visit the small outdoor restaurant 2 levels below base of the statue for good drinks, snacks, views of Ipanema, and a clean restroom
Walk up to Arpoador from the apartment and take the easy climb up the rocks to see the fantastic sunset. Follow the Avenida Viera Souto along the ocean to get there in just 20 minutes from the apartment.
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Arpoador
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Walk up to Arpoador from the apartment and take the easy climb up the rocks to see the fantastic sunset. Follow the Avenida Viera Souto along the ocean to get there in just 20 minutes from the apartment.
Best to go by taxi or Uber in mid morning or late afternoon to avoid the tour bus crowds.
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Cukrová homole
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Best to go by taxi or Uber in mid morning or late afternoon to avoid the tour bus crowds.
Short ride by taxi or Uber
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Parque Lage
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Short ride by taxi or Uber
A nice spot to visit for an hour and have a coffee at the Cafe Columbo on site.
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Copacabana Fort
1 Posto 6 Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco
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A nice spot to visit for an hour and have a coffee at the Cafe Columbo on site.
Urban Forests
There are several urban forests in the city worth visiting
These extensive tropical gardens cover more than 1/2 square mile and include thousands of varieties of tropical plants and trees.
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Jardim Botânico
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These extensive tropical gardens cover more than 1/2 square mile and include thousands of varieties of tropical plants and trees.
A short distance by taxi or tour van you will find the Tijuca Forest which is part of a larger national park. The Tijuca is all than remains in the Rio area of the "Mata Atlantica" (Atlantic coastal rain forest).
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Parque Florestal da Tijuca
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A short distance by taxi or tour van you will find the Tijuca Forest which is part of a larger national park. The Tijuca is all than remains in the Rio area of the "Mata Atlantica" (Atlantic coastal rain forest).
Morro do Leme is a fantastic urban forest and mountain trail located at the end of Leme and Copacabana Beach.
Morro do Leme
Morro do Leme is a fantastic urban forest and mountain trail located at the end of Leme and Copacabana Beach.
this beautiful sculpture park and nature trail is a short walk to this urban forest from the Ipanema Beach neighborhood. Incredible views at the top of the trail!
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Parque Natural Municipal da Catacumba
3000 Av. Epitácio Pessoa
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this beautiful sculpture park and nature trail is a short walk to this urban forest from the Ipanema Beach neighborhood. Incredible views at the top of the trail!
The large salt water lagoon just 4 blocks from our apartment up Rua Garcia D'Avila. Great for walking or biking around it during the day. It has Kiosk restaurants on the east side.
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Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
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The large salt water lagoon just 4 blocks from our apartment up Rua Garcia D'Avila. Great for walking or biking around it during the day. It has Kiosk restaurants on the east side.
Beaches
There are several beaches in the south zone of the city and on the outskirts of Rio for a nice day excursion
Prainha Beach is a smaller isolated surfer beach a short drive southwest from Rio de Janeiro. The half-moon shaped beach is bordered on each side by rocks and high cliffs, causing the waves to come in fast and with multiple breaks.
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Prainha Beach
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Prainha Beach is a smaller isolated surfer beach a short drive southwest from Rio de Janeiro. The half-moon shaped beach is bordered on each side by rocks and high cliffs, causing the waves to come in fast and with multiple breaks.
The 2.5 mile long beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of the most recognizable beaches in the world. Made famous by the nightclubs, casinos, and hotels in the 1950s - Copacabana Beach is lined from one end to the other with tourist class and luxury hotels, indoor and outdoor restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
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Copacabana Beach
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The 2.5 mile long beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of the most recognizable beaches in the world. Made famous by the nightclubs, casinos, and hotels in the 1950s - Copacabana Beach is lined from one end to the other with tourist class and luxury hotels, indoor and outdoor restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
This beach sits at the lower end of Ipanema Beach and is the most tranquil of all the beaches in Rio. It's very popular with families who reside in the upscale neighborhoods behind it.
Praia Leblon
This beach sits at the lower end of Ipanema Beach and is the most tranquil of all the beaches in Rio. It's very popular with families who reside in the upscale neighborhoods behind it.
This is one of the smaller beaches in Rio de Janeiro, and forms the upper end of Copacabana Beach, where it sits below a small mountain - Moro do Leme.
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Leme
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This is one of the smaller beaches in Rio de Janeiro, and forms the upper end of Copacabana Beach, where it sits below a small mountain - Moro do Leme.
On the far side of Sao Conrado, you will find small and rocky Praia do Joatinga, hidden away from view. It must be reached by car up the windy road named Estrada do Joa. Park your car and hike down a short trail to Joatinga Beach.
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Praia da Joatinga
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On the far side of Sao Conrado, you will find small and rocky Praia do Joatinga, hidden away from view. It must be reached by car up the windy road named Estrada do Joa. Park your car and hike down a short trail to Joatinga Beach.
Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) may just be Rio's best kept secret. It's a short taxi or bus ride from Ipanema or Copacabana, and is next to the cable car station that takes people up to Urca and Sugar Loaf.
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Red Beach
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Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) may just be Rio's best kept secret. It's a short taxi or bus ride from Ipanema or Copacabana, and is next to the cable car station that takes people up to Urca and Sugar Loaf.
"Barra" is a long thin stretch of sandy white sandy beach, protected by a marsh beyond it, and is adjacent to the large suburb Barra da Tijuca. The upper part of the Barra Beach has several Barracas (beach bars) and Kiosks serving seafood
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Praia da Barra da Tijuca
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"Barra" is a long thin stretch of sandy white sandy beach, protected by a marsh beyond it, and is adjacent to the large suburb Barra da Tijuca. The upper part of the Barra Beach has several Barracas (beach bars) and Kiosks serving seafood
Recreio Beach is down at the far southwest end of Barra, and here you will find calmer waters and good swimming. Overall it's a low key place with food and drink available.
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Recreio dos Bandeirantes
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Recreio Beach is down at the far southwest end of Barra, and here you will find calmer waters and good swimming. Overall it's a low key place with food and drink available.
Grumari Beach is the last and most remote beach southwest of Rio and it's a real paradise. The backdrop of marshes and hillside vegetation is simply stunning. The place is really deserted during the week, and because of very little development, it's an excellent place to find some peace and solitude.
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Grumari Beach
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Grumari Beach is the last and most remote beach southwest of Rio and it's a real paradise. The backdrop of marshes and hillside vegetation is simply stunning. The place is really deserted during the week, and because of very little development, it's an excellent place to find some peace and solitude.
Our apartment is just 2 blocks from the beach at Posto 10 (Lifeguard post 10). Its on Ipanema Beach where you will always find plenty of sports activities and beautiful people. The beach is more narrow here and the water is pretty rough. People spend most of their time in the sand, or in the surf in front of the crashing waves.
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Ipanema Beach
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Our apartment is just 2 blocks from the beach at Posto 10 (Lifeguard post 10). Its on Ipanema Beach where you will always find plenty of sports activities and beautiful people. The beach is more narrow here and the water is pretty rough. People spend most of their time in the sand, or in the surf in front of the crashing waves.
Walk up Ipanema beach towards Copacabana, to the rocks at Arpoador to enjoy the scene and views at sunset.
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Arpoador
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Walk up Ipanema beach towards Copacabana, to the rocks at Arpoador to enjoy the scene and views at sunset.