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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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Must visit Rio location. It seems to be very crowded, even in mediocre weather but it presents a great view of the ocean and the many coloured beach umbrellas crowded along the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Anthony S
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Must visit Rio location. It seems to be very crowded, even in mediocre weather but it presents a great view of the ocean and the many coloured beach umbrellas crowded along the beach. The beach is wide and has an excellent paved walk along the sand beforehand the road. Great for people watching and the activities on the beach.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm from Australia's surfing playground, so I know a thing orc two about golden sand and pounding surf and how a beach should appeal. Ipanema ticks two of those three boxes, but the "surf" barely exists. However you go there to see/be seen and to work on that tan, so it works very well in that regard. It's clean, well... More 

Thank mccorquinn
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Cycle along it, it is great! Such a nice beach, buzzing. Slightly more expensive coconuts than surrounding.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately a lot of litter at the beach, people don't seem to care about throwing straws, plastics, bottles and cans after they bought the drinks and food, which is really sad. You can buy a pair of chairs and an umbrella for 20 Reais and then you can sit as long as you want. It's very common that they want... More 

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Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful white sandy beach miles of white powdery sand beautiful blue seas with plenty of things to do

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very clean , otherwise a bit like Piccadily Circus with vendors calling out for drinks food ceaselessly to the point were you can't focus on reading a book ( this was Feb )

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Kempsey, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful girls still abound on this beautiful beach, shady park access, gentle waves for body and board surfing, excellent vies of beach, mountains.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There's a reason Ipanema beach is generally accepted as the best beach to visit when staying in Rio. Slightly smaller and more refined than its neighbour Copacabana, Ipanema has everything you'd want from a beach. White sand, crystal clear water, small stalls selling drinks and arranging umbrellas and deckchairs/beds and the obligatory frames for the gym buffs to work out... More 

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Navarre, Fl
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful beach to spend the day...can be crowded on weekends but still nice. Enjoyed nice views in surrounding areas

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My favourite city beach I have visited. The sand is awesome. The views are equally impressive and you could spend all of your time people watching. Clean and inviting.

Thank tommywelltravelled

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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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