Copacabana Beach is undoubtedly one of the most popular beaches in Brazil and one of the best-known in the entire world as well. Located in the southern region of equally famous Rio de Janeiro, the city and beach pair up to offer a spectacular destination for both tourists and locals. Full of style and packed with gorgeous people, it is the more rambunctious of its renowned ally, Ipanema Beach, situated only a short distance away. Named Sacopenapã until around the eighteenth century, Copacabana is most famous for its inviting, two-mile beach but is equally loved for the many attractions within the area.
From Copacabana Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain and some green, hilly mountains are visible along the horizon, creating a picturesque backdrop to the modern, urbanized area. The entire beach is fully developed, lined by large hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops, which almost anything you need is close by. Copacabana is outfitted with several beach football courts and volleyball nets, which are always occupied on holidays and during special events, and weekends, all of which are the busiest and most crowded times. The hottest time of day to visit is anywhere between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. By the many lifeguard stations, visitors will find freshwater showers to cool off and rinse off the saltwater.
Tied in directly to Copacabana Beach, bars and restaurants offer a relaxing spot out of the sun, a cold drink, and all types of meals and snacks. Spicy meats served up with fried onions, along with coconut water are two of the most popular beachside treats to enjoy. Prices are higher than most other places in Brazil, although they won’t break the bank. There are also all kinds of vendors on the beach selling everything under the sun, from beach umbrellas and drinks to jewelry, clothing, and food. If you’re looking for souvenirs, buying multiples of something allows a chance to negotiate a really good price.
A big attractions with visitors are the massive, detailed sandcastles that can be found along the beach, generally closer to the restaurants than the water. The creative masterminds behind them, while just trying to make a buck, create some of the most spectacular sand sculptures ever seen. There are endless creative entrepreneurial types performing magic tricks, offering tattoos, breading hair, and much more. This adds to the rich cultural medley found throughout Copacabana Rio.
Copacabana Brazil is a constant hub of action where there’s always something to do and see. To get the best view of the beach and surrounding area, head to Sugarloaf Mountain for a tour and an incredible panorama. Don’t forget to trek away from the beach and explore the intertwining avenues and streets and explore the many restaurants and shops that comprise the town. While you’re at it, don’t miss one of the most famous, and massive, statues in the world, Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain.
Shoppers should plan to visit Copacabana Brazil on a Sunday, when the main avenue flanking the beach is restricted to cars, creating a huge, open-air shopping stretch of pedestrians only. Peruse antiques, clothing, souvenirs, and much more at the confluence of Avenua Copacabana and Rua Santa Clara.