If you want to having fun under the open sky at carnival atmosphere and many kilometers sandy beaches you definitely should travel to the Brazilian coast. Amazing Rio de Janeiro is South America’s most vivacious city and Brazil’s main epicenter for tourists, vibrant culture and entertainment. And you talk of Rio without a mention of the city’s most eclectic district that accommodates a myriad of attractions and endless possibilities for locals and visitors, Copacabana.
Amerigo Vespucci was the first to discover the Guanabara Bay back in the beginning of the 16th century. He was later to name the bay “River January” and it was to be Brazil’s capital till 1960 when the government of the day decided to move the city inland and called it Brasilia. Looking to the left of the Copacabana Beach you will see the loft sugar loaf mountain as well as the Fort Duque de Caxias that dates back to the mid 18th century. And on the right stands the Copacabana Fort built back in 1914 which is home to the famous Army Historical Museum.
Where to stay
The Copacabana beach hosts the city’s most renowned restaurants such as the Siri Mole for the best seafood or Amir for sumptuous Arabic food. 5 star hotels such as the Copacabana Palace Hotel and Sofitel are to be found within a walking distance. Not forgetting legendary nightclubs, and famous buildings. The district accommodates over 200,000 residents making it a city within a city. Wake up to a spectacle as the sun rises out the Atlantic Ocean. The characteristic sidewalks, sights, parks and squares will more than hypnotize you.
With close proximity to Rio, Copacabana is home to most hotels and restaurants. The price ranges are varied and to anyone’s preference. Unlike in Leblon and Ipanema, hotels in Copacabana are much less priced.
Things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Apparently Rio seems like a city on drugs, endless energy with no sleep time. You will find Lido Nightclub bouncers closing shop as the sun rises. On the other hand Copacabana will be having an overdose. New Years Eve is what brings together over a million people across the world to the Copacabana beach. Live music vibrating from multiple stages, the fireworks festival are a must see. The Cariocas usually make a huge attraction.
There are a number of options for entertainment on the beach and the most popular among them is beach volleyball. Here you can find both professional and amateur, and you can easily find a group to play.
How to get there
Districts within Rio and Copacabana are usually very fond of each other. With the beach running about 4km or 2.2 miles, you can walk south after making a pass at Posto 6 and from there its only 5 minutes and you get to Ipanema and Arpoador. While going north you find yourself at Leme. Southwest is the district of Lagoa and then a tunnel will lead you to Flamengo, Botafogo or Downtown.