Rendezvous in Rio? Bask in the sun (and sun-kissed bodies). You know you want to. Julie Falconer gives us a guide to the best beach in the Brazilian city.
When most people think of Brazil, they think of Rio de Janeiro. And when most people think of Rio, they think of Copacabana Beach. The iconic stretch of sand is one of the country’s most famous landmarks, and everything from New Year’s Eve to Carnival is celebrated there.
But you don’t have to visit Copacabana Beach at a specific time of year in order to enjoy all that the area has to offer. There is no shortage of things to see and do throughout the year, so you can enjoy the highlights whenever you choose to go.
Take a Walk
Copacabana Beach is lined by one of the most memorable promenades in South America. The black-and-white wave pattern runs along the entire stretch of sand from the Copacabana Fort in the south to the Moro do Leme hill in the north, and walking along it is a great way to get a feel for the area. Along the way you will pass by luxury hotels, larger-than-life artistic sand sculptures, and people from all walks of life in Rio.
Drink a Coconut
The beach is bustling with kiosks and small cafes selling fresh coconuts. Grab a chair, watch your server expertly hack the top off the coconut with a machete, and pop in a straw. From where you sit you will have great views of the activity on the beach and perfect people watching opportunities along the famous promenade.
Hit the Beach
Whether you want to sunbathe, swim, or play sports, there is plenty to do on Copacabana Beach. Miles of wide sand mean that there is lots of room for everyone, and popular activities include beach football and volleyball. If that’s not your thing, many hotels have dedicated stations set up on the beach to provide guests that prefer sunbathing with towels and bottled water.
Pool at the Palace
For those that prefer the pool to the beach, the Copacabana Palace has a famous outdoor swimming pool between its two restaurants. And for those that prefer the waters of a spa, the Palace has a great spa where guests can get therapeutic treatments to cure jet lag and other afflictions.
Where to Stay:
Copacabana Beach – Copacabana Palace
Julie Falconer is a London-based travel writer. To read more of her travel tales, visit her blog, A Lady in London.