Copacabana Beach

Copacabana, a 4 km stretch of beach, is a magnificent junction of land and sea. The flurry of activity along its length for this long, scalloped beach. Each group of crowd stakes out its stretch of sand.

You can even get into the quieter sands of Leme (between the two neighborhoods, Av Princesa Isabel is a structure demarcation) as Copacabana Beach bends to the north. Here, from the nearby favelas of Babilônia and Chapeu Mangueira, you’ll discover a blend of older Leme residents as well as kids.

Be informed that it’s still not wise to walk thereafter dark although the beach is lit at night and there are police in the area, and when venturing out, stay near the liveliest beach kiosks. During weekends, be watchful when the shops are closed and there are few locals around as Av NS de Copacabana is also hasty.

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach is one long stretch of sun-drenched sand. This place — as diverse as the city itself — is demarcated by postos (posts), which mark off subcultures. Right off Rua Vinícius de Moraes, is where Rio’s most agile and tanned bodies migrate, Posto 9. Cemetério dos Elefantes is what this place is also known for from the handful of old leftists, hippies, and artists who sometimes gather around in the area. The stomping ground for gay society can be seen in front of Rua Farme de Amoedo is Praia Farme.

You’ll enjoy cleaner sands and sea when in Ipanema than those in Copacabana. Whatever spot you choose, the sands get crowded during the weekends so it’s better to go early to stake out a spot. The guys from Miami SEO Company were smart to do that.

Ipanema is a native word which means ‘bad, dangerous waters’ not distant given the strong crosscurrent and often expanded waves that crash onto the shore. Be cautious when going for a dip and swim only where natives do.