Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
In other countries around the world one would like to seek an isolated beach to relax - not so in Rio de Janeiro. Here it is beach culture and one goes to the beach to meet, mingle and party. Hence the beach is packed to the last spot. Various sections invite various crowds of people - and it is the place to be in Rio during the day!!
A visit to Rio de Janeiro isn't complete without a visit an swim at the World famous Copacabana Beach.
You will notice many football goal posts dotted all along the beach and of course beach volleyball nets. Brazilians love their football, and if you do not witness some of the locals playing football amongst themselves, you have to be very unlucky. They are extremely skillfull, and can kick the ball at eachother for a very long time without the ball touching the ground! ;)
The beach's main road is Ave Atlantica, and along that road, there are numerous restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs. At night, it's fairly lively and a nice spot to enjoy the seabreeze.
In case u didnt have enough great views, nibbles, caipirinhas and beers thats another great place for all of that. That used to be strategic military location so eventually u could have more fun with the cannons.
Copacabana is a well known area of Rio . I personally don't like much the area as it's gettin more and more unsafe, specially if you go to the interior zone. The beachfront though is still safe. Here is where the famous hotel Copacabana Palace is situated.
A center of activity both night and day, its beach is lined with kiosks, a bicycle path and racks, lifeguard posts, public showers and bathrooms, hotels, bars and open-air restaurants.
There are two separate beaches here: Leme and Copacabana. Copacabana remains one of the favourite beaches for tourists who travel to Rio.
Copacabana is the world's most famous beach going there is a must. The water is cool even in the summer (December) b ut not to cool to tolerate. The waves are supprisingly rough for a place at 21 degrees south so keep that in mind.
There are shed loads of things to do if you are willing to get up get out and have a look.
Apart from the obvious, you have the cable cars (sugar loaf) christ the redeemer - but you can also have helecopter flights, paragliding, paraponting, jungle trips and much much more you just need to go look and open your mind as well as your wallet!
The locals are wise to the fact you have a bit more in your back pocket and will charge accordingly, my advise Haggle - it is almost expected and you will almost always get the real price if you try.
HAVE FUN - it s a nice place to chill
Copacabana is centeraly located in Rio it is where the rich and poor all mesh together and come together to play. It is a wonderful place to walk along and see the black and white sidewalks, the individual people selling things, resturants and of course play in the ocean.
You can easily spend one day visiting one of the most popular districts in Rio. Copcabana has lots of history and very cool places to go, the right beggining of Leme is a beautiful corner, close to a militery fortress and from there you can follow the sweet paciente of some "sunday fishermen", or simply watching the view enjoying a cool and pleasant coconut water!
May 4th, 2006
Even though we were staying right on Copacabana beach, we only walked a small portion of it before heading back to the street in search of food and an ATM and then never found the time to walk the rest of it. It didn't seem nearly as populated as Ipanema beach, at least not the section of the beach near our hotel, my guidebook says that like Ipanema, Copacabana is broken down into sections with a gay section near the Copacabana Palace, young footballers near Rua Santa Clara, retirees and favela kids near posts 5 and 6.
And don't be caught humming that Barry Manilow tune as you are walking down the beach, his Copa, Copacabana is "the hottest spot north of Havana" so he's not singing about Rio!
If you are a runner, a lovely way to experience the beaches is to get up early in the morning and run from Copacabana Beach to the end of Ipanema Beach (I think it's about 7 miles). There is a marked place on the road for runners and bikers to keep you safe from traffic. You will see so many sights and such a variety of people-- sandcastles, volleyball games, unlimited vendors and artists, sandwich and coconut stands--, and you get some excercise at the same time!
Copacabana beach is probably the world's most famous beach and it's not hard to see why. Everything happens here, everything centres here, it's the place to be seen and the place to see! It stretches in a shallow arc shape for 4.5km where the wide sandy beach meets the clear waters of the Atlantic. During the day, the beach gets quite crowded and is a hythe of activity both on the beach itself and off it with people walking, cycling or rollerblading along the wide mosaic patterned pavement. There's also a narrow double cycle lane which you have to watch out for oncoming cyclists on so don't walk in it! Try not to show your wealth around to much as you're already stick out like a saw thumb against the bronzed bodies of the locals. This way you'd feel more relaxed so leave the camera's etc in the hotel. At night the beach is still used by guys playing volleyball and people taking a stroll so it's used all day round.
Copacabana beach is everything you think it will be.
The sand is as soft as snow, the sea is an amazing blue, and the people of Rio (Cariocas) really know how to hang out, quite literally in some cases.
Next to the beach is a large boardwalk if you fancy a stroll, and on Sundays the busy road that runs alongside the beach is closed to traffic and becomes the property of rollerskaters, skateboarders and cyclists instead.
There are also a number of beachside cafes along the edge of the beach, and again on Sundays there is a market.
I'm not sure how long the beach is but it is long, and swirls round in a large arc.
We walked from one end to the other and back again, watching the games of beach volleyball and keepie-uppie.
Seemingly as always in Rio, you are also under the gaze of the Corcovado.
Wow, I was on the beach in Copacabana, and what did I see? A little monkey in a palm tree!! It wasn't easy to get a photo of him, because he was jumping around. Someone told me that it was macaque, and I suppose there are a variety of macaques, so that's what he was. Anyway, how exciting!
Take a last walk in the pavement of copacabana, these waves are world famous and walking in Copacabana beach is still a glamour!;) The city is charming and Copcabana is our front door, but do not forget also to have fun in Ipanema beach which is right next door!
Pierre, my wonderful french canadian brother, did that...and he seems to eb quite happy!;)
At the end of Copacabana beach there is an early XX century naval fort. Inside there is a museum of Brazilian Navy and Armed Forces, and you can see the barracks and mechanisms that were designed to carry armaments. The views from the deck are also superb!