Arpoador Beaches and Rocks, Rio de Janeiro
On my first day in Rio, after a nice little swim at Ipanema Beach, we decided to go watch the sunset at Arpoador. It turned out to be a good idea! Arpoador offers a great view of the sunset in an idyllic setting. One on side, you got the sand and surf of Ipanema Beach, and the other the Atlantic Ocean. The best part is it's free! This would be a perfect place to spend with your girl over a bottle of wine. On the day we went there were lots of people there taking pictures so they too much appreciate a good sunset. If you're looking for a way to relax then this is the place to go.
The rocks are huge and it si a great spot for diving, people also jump to water in its cliffs. As you know, in the 20s people used to apoon whales from there, this why the name ARPOADOR. Now the whales are completely safe in Brazil and Arpoador is the best place for a fabulous sunset!
These stairs were built long years ago!;)
August 30th, 2006
Everything is a reason for leisure in Rio, the cariocas from the Zona zul when they hear the weather broadcast..they all run to Arpoador, where the waves are high, and you will find many surfers!;)
Arpoador is for sure one of the most important spotting for surfing in Rio de Janeiro!
Very common in the winter, the ressaca happens when a "cold front" comes, generally when we have storms the sea gets very tough, and this is what we call ressaca. Most visitors who come to Rio, they stay in the southern side of the city, a região that we call ZONA ZUL and that includes the neighborhood, of Leme, Copacabana, Arpoador, Ipanema and Leblon, so reaching the rocks in the beggining of Ipanema is not difficult, all you have to do is walking. The view is spectacular and it will get even better when you see how big the waves are, and the surfers celebrate such a gift from Nature!
The nature in rio provides an individual show just for you if you wake up at 5:45 am!!! The sun rises greatly in the rocks of Arpoador...In the winter you really have to wake up quite early if you really want to enjoy your day!;)
June 5th, 2006
The wind is quite cool, the rocks are wet so the risk to stumble and fall are obvious...you really have to find a perfect place in the rocks for your most perfect pictures, but you will always suceed..and the last thing is having pacience, and VOILÁ...you will have a very unusual shot of Arpoador....
June 6th, 2006
I have a very busy life style, I give lots of assistence tomany friends who visit us, and I write some articles to many travelling sites and my life style is very busy, I have my commitmments, work , friends, taking care of the house and my professional life as well as my social life is basically absolutely busy, but it worths when you feel that the sea is rough and the sky absolutely starry so you quickly feel that the sun rise will be spectacular.
Just let me know if I was right to be up very early in the morning to see the first hours of a new day,..
June 6th, 2006
Arpoador is a little neighborhood which is located between Copacabana in what we call Posto 6 and the beggining of Ipanema, if you follow the coast line you will see Arpoador,when you reach Ipanema just turn left or get through the Park GAROTA DE IPANEMA, and simply climb up the rocks and you will see one of the most perfect shows in your life.
This is a rock formation between Ipanema and Copacabana, where you can see beautiful Ipanema and Barra on one side, and Copacabana and a little bit further the Sugar Loaf on the other. Come on a Sunday when the streets of Ipanema and Copacabana are closed and you can walk for miles.
Arpoador is vaguely defined by an area between the streets of Rainha Elizabeth and Francisco Bhering. It includes two beaches, a park overlooking the ocean and some of Rio's most desirable apartment buildings. Arpoader has a large rock formation which offers views of Ipanema and Leblon on one side, and Copacabana and Leme on the other.
It is not easy to decide, but for sure this is a fantastic show of the Nature in Rio de Janeiro, from the right edge of Ipanema Beach you can go to the Arpoador and watch this wonder!
One of the best sunset I have ever seen in my life!
Let me know if you like it!
November 2nd, 2005
Arpoador is one of two small beaches between Copacabana and Ipanema. It basically consists on a little beautiful beach, some hotels in front of it, a few houses in the back and a big park. It was a very quiet area, I would say even private area because the access from Ipanema beach (which is essentially its continuation) is troublesome. Cars cannot get in, just walkers. Even so, it was easier to me to get in through the park, from the entrance in rua Franciso Otaviano.
What it impressed me is how different this beach was from Ipanema, which is just a few steps away. While Ipanema receives lots of visitors, few people prefer to bath in Arpoador beach. No fancy restaurants or bars around, no attraction that could interrupt the aura of calm in this location. Their lodging is very reasonably priced, considering that accomodation of the same type in Ipanema, just a few blocks away, is by far more expensive. I miss my daily walks here!
Pedra do Arpoador is a rock formation located on the East side of Ipanema Beach. This is one of Rio's most scenic spots, as you have a privileged view to Ipanema and Leblon on one side, and Copacabana and Leme on the other ( to this side, you may enjoy a great sunrise either - by the way, that would be a great way of starting a new year after spending the new year's eve at Copacabana beach... )
But, on daily basis... the sunset at Arpoador is an attraction not to be missed. People always stop to watch it and in the summer it is not unusual that the end of the day may end up receiving a "round of applauses" from the audience...
There are more pics on this particular sunset on my travelogues.
A praia do arpoador foi aonde comecou o Surf no Rio, fica bem perto do parque do arpoador que tem 2 otimos bowls de skate
Arpoador beach is where Surfing started in Rio, near Arpoardor Park where there are 2 nice skate bowls, and Pedra do Arpoador
Arpoador consists on a piece of rock that grows into the ocean. It makes the divions between Copacabana and Ipanema beach. It has it's own little beach usually crowded! The surf here is great! Especially on Ipanema side. Just beware of the riptides and the rocks.
Arpoador has a priviledge view of Ipanema and Copacabana. You can see as far as Pedra da Gavea and Pao de Acucar. A lot of people go there just to sit and watch the ocean. Some go painting, others go reading and there are even those that go play the guitar seeking for inspiration. It is a beloved place for me. The last I visited before I left. At the time I was living in a rented apartment in Ipanema and I would go a lot to the beach and to this piece of rock just to wathc the ocean and feel the winds. Do not miss a trip to this place! It beautiful and it is for free!
There are plenty of "camelos", restaurants and juice stands.
You can easily explore the rocks, and for sure you will have spectacular pcitures, from the top of Arpoador you can have such a breathless view of Ipanema Beach.
August 30th, 2006