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Ipanema Beach

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Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Popularized by the song "The Girl from Ipanema," this...

Popularized by the song "The Girl from Ipanema," this world-famous beach gives foreign visitors a sense of life in Rio, displaying a cross-section of different lifestyles, chic boutiques and eateries and luxurious apartment buildings.

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nice beach quieter than copa

surely less expensive than copa but still a tourist trap. aoid the first row restaurants and you will find great bargains, otherwise sip your caipi in one of the beach bars for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

surely less expensive than copa but still a tourist trap. aoid the first row restaurants and you will find great bargains, otherwise sip your caipi in one of the beach bars for 15 reals

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We rented bikes and cruised along Ipanema. The beach was alive with musicians, entertainers, tourists, and locals. There is a great walking, biking, and jogging path which stretched for the entire beach (multiple miles). Great atmosphere to take in the sights and sounds of Rio.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We walked to Ipanema from our Hotel on Copacabana, it took about 30 minutes at a leisurely stroll, it was hot. It is a lovely beach , but not as nice l think as Copacabana, it is smaller and not so well serviced, yes it is made famous by the song and is a little more quirky than Copacabana. From... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Finish your day in Rio by watching the sunset from Ipanema beach on the rocks, you won't regret it!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Check the weather forecast. November can be a tricky month in Rio. Despite the poor weather it is a good month to visit Rio off-season. Not too crowded. Amazing food, great places, wonderful people. Stay in Ipanema more than Copacabana. Uber is very cheap and effective.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Ipanema beach is an extention of Copacabana beach. So, the view is the same. But one thing that is very beautiful is the beginning of the IPanema. there is a small beach with stones that go through the stones called Arpoador. A very special spot in the city where the sunset is celebrated everyday.

Thank Juliana L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited here in mid-November. The beach is beautiful and less crowded than nearby Copacabana. The views are amazing and there's lots of surfers on the big waves. The beach bars are good too - friendly and helpful. I'd definitely go back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent and safe beach. Better than copacabana I think. Chairs and umbrellas can be rented from various suplliers. You have an open account for drinks etc that you settle on departure. Wifi available too. We stayed at Sonia and family barraca. Gay orientated (but mixed!) beach located at the end of the street where Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza hotel is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of most popular places to watch sunset also a surfer beach. Take a cold coco nut and relax while the nature is serving you the sunset. Tips: during winter sunset is early ~5pm

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good selection of snack and drink vendors - 2 caipirinhas and 3 guaranas was only 42 reais - about $14USD. Nice beaches. Stay nearer to Post 9, 10, 11, etc.

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Ipanema is considered Rio's crown jewel. It offers the best view of the sunset from Arpoador and is inspiration for the legendary song, “The Girl from Ipanema.” Ipanema is an upscale area, home to many high-end restaurants and luxury shops, many of which can be found on the charming Garcia d'Ávila Avenue. The neighbourhood is very rich culturally, housing many art galleries that show contemporary art. There is also a great variety of nightlife in the neighbourhood, which buzzes with many options for every taste.
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