I'm sure this is a silly question, but I'll be in Rio next month with 3 girlfriends during Carnaval and when I vacation I like to experience the city like the locals. I hear certain posts are full of tourists, some are full of the gay population and etc etc.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a post for 4 single American ladies (that speak little Portuguese and some Spanish) to hang out and meet new Carioca AND tourist friends? We'll be staying in Copacabana but I'm sure we'll go to the beach more than once so we'll navigate to whichever post.
Also, any other beach tips are welcome! I'm a darker skinned woman but I am terrified of burning to a crisp in the hot Brazilian sun! I'm very excited to wear a Brazilian cut bikini though haha