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Copacabana Beach

Avenida Atlantica, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Copacabana)
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Ranked #44 of 496 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Bodies of Water, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Beaches
Activities: Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: For sunning, relaxing and people watching, join the thousands who flock each year to this lively, world-famous beach lined with shops, bars,... more » Owner description: For sunning, relaxing and people watching, join the thousands who flock each year to this lively, world-famous beach lined with shops, bars, restaurants and hotels. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Even if it's just a beach in the city, it's still really nice. Soft sand, beach is always clean, sunbeds and drinks are really cheap (R$ 10 for 2 sunbeds, R$5-10 for drinks). Definitely worth to see. Very relaxing.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

What's the big deal? I can think of hundreds of beaches, in Australia, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Florida, Mexico, Canada, Ecuador and even Brazil, that I think are superior to this beach. It's crowded and dirty, and your belongings are not safe if you go in the water.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A very large beach with many places to play volleyball, run on the beach, or run or bike along the path near Avenida Atlantica. Not a bad spot be cautious with valuables and it is best to sat near lifeguard towers where there are likely more tourist police.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I can't imagine anyone visiting Rio not wanting to spend time at Copacabana Beach. OK, so there are more scenic things to do in Rio like the Corcovado and Pao do Acucar, but in the end you need to gravitate to Copacabana Beach, whether for a morning stroll of some breakfast, lunch, a day on the beach, a walk along... More

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Even with the hoards of people during the world cup and the garbage they created, it was still magical. At no point did I feel unsafe. Maybe due to increased security. But this place is great. The water, sand, street vendors, sun, breeze, sunset, food, etc. Also interesting and entertaining to see all kinds of people doing all kinds of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

In many ways I think Copacabana is better to look at than experience actually as a beach. There's not denying that it's lovely to wander along, but our experience of using it as a beach is that attracts too many people who hassle you to be relaxing. You really can't visit Rio without coming here. But it's really not that... More

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Rio- The most exciting city in the world. Great beaches like the Copagabana, Ipanema etc surrounded by the mountains. What a view of the city from the christ Corcovado statue and the top at pao de accucar.The cable car ride offers to the top offers a great picturesque view of the city. From the top, the aircraft landing at Rio... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The reality of Copacabana could never have lived up to the allure and legend but let that not distract from what is a marvellous beach. You could sit there for hours and watch the world go by... Copacabana is where the tourists go, as opposed to Ipanema where the locals go. As such the vibe between the two can 'feel'... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Copacabana is definitely a must visit just to say you went there. I visited during carnival in March and noticed most tourist wander around on this beach. It's really all there is to this popular beach! I had the opportunity to stay near Ipanema where there were more locals than tourists and actually enjoyed it there more. It is less... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

You can't visit Rio de Janeiro and not visit this beach. It's the most iconic beach in the entire country! The beach is absolutely stunning with a large expanse of sand and while I was there, I never felt crowded. There were places to buy refreshments and also wash off after a swim. It's a great place for people-watching and... More

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