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Ipanema Beach

Avenue Vieira Souto 460, Rio de Janeiro 22420 Brazil
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  • Ipanema Beach
    Regis St. Louis
    4 Feb 18, 2014

    With dozens of picturesque beaches within reach, Cariocas (Rio locals) are spoiled for choice when it comes to fine sands. Ipanema, though, has long been one of the city's most enticing praias. There's endless amusement on the sands, from waterside jogs to volleyball games, or the more leisurely pursuit of sunbathing and people-watching. A few strategies for the beach: don't take anything of value to the beach (just enough cash for the day). Don't bother bringing a picnic or drinks. There are roaming food and drink vendors and barracas (beach stands) where you can hire chairs and umbrellas and eat something more substantial (like Urugai, near Post 9, which whips up delicious grilled-chicken sandwiches).

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    Thais Guimaraes
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    5 Nov 16, 2013

    Ipanema beach is the hottest spot in Rio. It's where all the beautiful people hang out, exercise and drink. The "postos", or kiosks, are landmarks on where each type of people hang out so make sure you read about them before you pick on which part of the sand you want to sit on. The street in front of the beach is usually closed for cars on weekends and holidays so people have more space to ride bijes, skates and walk dogs.

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    Liza Prado
    5 Nov 13, 2013

    Ipanema is a gorgeous beach in a hipster part of town--an easy place to while away a day with a lunch break to check out the nearby restaurants and bars.

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    Frances Nguyen
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    5 Oct 21, 2013

    Ipanema Beach is marked by the two mountains ("Two Brothers") stretched out on one side of the beach. The beach is also distinct for its laid back and upscale atmosphere.

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    Steve Hunter
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    5 Aug 15, 2013

    Quite simply one of the most beautiful and scenic beaches in the world. It's broken into a number of sections that cater to various cliques. Right off the beach plenty of places for food and drink...and of course the Girls from Ipanema

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  • Ipanema Beach
    Andreas L
    4 May 28, 2013

    A five minute walk - here you will encounter the surfing guys (at the beginning of Ipanema, called Arpoador) and the young and hip in-crowd, mostly rich Brazilian kids, living the good life.

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  • Ipanema Beach
    Braden L
    5 Apr 25, 2013

    Stroll down Copacabana beach (wonderful views of Copa - Bay) and in approximately 20 minutes walking you @ Ipanema beach. Or take a short 2 block walk to Cardeal Arcoverde subway and in three short stops you are there also.

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  • Ipanema BeachPro 2014
    Eduardo Sasso
    5 Apr 17, 2013

    One of the most beautiful beaches in Rio. Lot's of beautiful people clean and warm water. Ipanema is also a great place to go for a walk, from there you get to Leblon and Copacabana for example.

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  • Ipanema Beach
    zzoukbuzz
    5 Feb 12, 2013

    Lots of topless people enjoying the sun, beach and sand esp during Carnival weekend! Best place to be to enjoy Brazilian heat.

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    Travis Katz
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    4 Nov 05, 2012

    One of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Rio's iconic green mountains in the background. A great place for people watching. Guys play some sort of sport that is like volleyball with your feet. Girls in very small bikinis.

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  • Ipanema BeachPro 2014
    Nanda Lacerda
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    5 Dec 01, 2013

    Popularized by the song "The Girl from Ipanema," this world-famous beach extends for 2,6 km until it joins the beach of Leblon. It is a meeting point not just for tourists, it's the most traditional beach also for locals. Besides the beach itself, Ipanema is a great neighborhood to stay while visiting Rio!

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  • Ipanema Beach
    Jessica Shimek
    5 Sep 17, 2012

    Was there for the 2012 World Surf Championship - lots of energy and excitement. Beautiful people. Coconuts for sipping on the beach :)

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    Joseph Coureur
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    4 Sep 07, 2012

    Ipanema has a nice beach and an aggressive surf. The lifeguards discourage swimming, even if you aren't having a problem. There's plenty to do besides swimming, though.

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  • Ipanema Beach
    Rogerio Amaral
    5 Jul 21, 2012

    The sea may not the best in Rio's beaches, but the atmosphere is unique. Always stay at Ipanema when you visit Rio.

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  • Ipanema Beach
    Calvin Chow
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    The Girl from Ipanema..or was it the Boy from Ipanema as Diana Krall said it best. A more relaxed area of Rio, where you can actually relax and the landscape is more lush. Enjoy an Acai bowl and scenery Ipanema has to offer. You can find inexpensive travel agencies at the malls in this area and their prices tend to be cheaper than the Internet if you're flying local.

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    Wanugee
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Ipanema Beach isn't as wide either in sand or sidewalks as compared to Copacabana, but it makes up for it in being slightly more upscale. The surrounding neighborhood is a better living address that Copacabana, consequently the vibe is less frenetic than Copacabana, and with less
    sketchy characters.
    The Antonio Carlos Jobim song sung by Jaoa and Astrud Gilberto in the 1960's, when the sexy Bosa Nova sound was just starting, made this beach famous around the world. And just like the song, a lot of the people here may be smiled at, but they just don't see it.

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  • Ipanema Beach
    Michael Nolan
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Many like this beach better than Copacabana beach. I'm in favor of Copacabana over Ipanema, but that doesn't mean this one isn't amazing - it is. It's an apples v. oranges thing, only its golden apples and oranges I suppose. In either case, you can't go wrong. The biggest difference exists in the level of tranquility, I think - Copacabana is more active (futvolley, food vendors, etc are more prevelant) than in Ipanema. Both are, however, more touristy and active than in Leblon, so go there if you want to get as local as possible, I suppose.

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  • Ipanema Beach
    luizricardod
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Eternized in the voice of Tom Jobim with the song “Garota de Ipanema”, by Vinícius de Moraes, Ipanema District - neighbor to Copacabana and Leblon - is one of the preferred meeting points of Rio inhabitants and visitors from all over the world. One of the most noble and sophisticated regions of the city, the district gathers the best of Rio: stores, bars, restaurants and the famous Ipanema Beach known for the posto 9 so popular among youngsters, artists and meeting point to the LGBT tourists, and for the Arpoador - a true paradise to surfers. The sunset is yet another spectacle and cherries on top the lively nightlife of the district. Private infrastructure has created world-class restaurants, shops, and cafes. Ipanema is one of the most expensive places to live in Rio. At the forefront of the beach culture are the many surfers and sun worshippers who socialize daily at the beach. Every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed to motor vehicles and local residents and tourists use the opportunity to ride bikes, roller skate, skateboard, and walk along the ocean.

    Ipanema has played its own role in Rio's culture since its beginning. It has universities, art galleries, theaters and cafes. Ipanema holds its own street parade during Carnival festivities, separate from Rio de Janeiro's. Banda de Ipanema attracts up to 50,000 people to the streets of Ipanema for Carnival.

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  • Ipanema Beach
    Fabi Capra
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Just relax and enjoy, take some sun drinking a coconut water or a beer. Definitively one of the best things of Rio. Weekends there is a lot of people though.

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  • Ipanema Beach
    Kevin Picholo
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Ipanema / Leblon is the same stretch of beach, from here you can see the two moutains called Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers). The Travel Channel stated Ipanema Beach as the sexiest beach in the world.

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Description

In the Southern region of Rio de Janeiro lies Ipanema Beach, a stretch of sand known for its beautiful people and idyllic setting. The beach is broken up by "postos" (lifeguard towers), with each section catering to a different crowd: families, LGBT, surfers and more. The surrounding area is lively and often crowded, with juice bars, restaurants and vendors selling their wares every few meters. Bring a towel, some money for a smoothie, and don't forget the sunscreen.

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4.5 out of 5
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