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Ipanema Beach

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Santo Cristo)
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Ranked #22 of 489 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
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Type: Beaches, Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water
Activities: Sunbathing, Golfing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Be on time on the rocks at the beginning to watch a beautiful romantic sunset. You need to be there before 17 hrs not to mis it and have a good seat.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I visited Ipanema back in 2009 on my only trip to Brazil and had a great time. I went in May of 2009 which happens to be their Autumn season. While those of us that live in the great white north my say why would you go in autumn I will say this is why. The temperature there was minimum... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

For a city the size of Rio the Ipanema beach offers the perfect getaway for any tourist or local alike. Yes, it is true that the sheer number of endless vendors can tire you out, but with the surfers and brazilian summer wear to admire, you will soon become immune to all the commotion. Enjoy the sunbathing experience, combined with... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Lots to look at and experience, both days and evenings. Lively, noisy and happy rythms along the whole coastline. Fascinating mixture of people from many parts of the world.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you bring children, avoid the area between Station 8 and 10, as it's filled with cool youths doing illegal drugs. Avoid the food they serve at the beach, it's not subject to sanitary inspection and is often nearly rotten. Just walk two blocks and go to real snack bars, you'll also pay less. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR GARBAGE BEHIND.... More

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Campinas, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I visited both Copacabana and Ipanema for a few days and can honestly say I couldn't see the difference. On the actual beaches themselves they are the exact same, vendors selling you chairs, umbrellas, drinks, food, bathing suits. The only real difference are the walking areas before the beach, where the sidewalks are. Ipanema doesn't have a huge street along... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Warm clean waters and very fine white sand define Ipanema beach. Well maintained and with plenty of life. Street vendors patrol selling globo and mate (a South American drink brewed to each vendors own recipe) and there are plenty of outdoor gyms nearby. 5 mins walk back off the beach are plenty of restaurants and juice bars in the main... More

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Niteroi, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I am the proud owner of a flat in front of Posto 9. It's the best place to swim, go cycling, walking and watching people passing by.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I spent a few days on this beach while staying with my husband's cousin who lives within walking distance of both Copacabana and Ipanema. I absolutely loved Ipanema, the sand was soft and the water was cool but totally warm enough to swim. The views were iconic and gorgeous (Sugar Loaf off to the right, hotels behind you). People walk... More

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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I like this beach compared to Copacabana..quieter, lesser crowds, safer and much better views. We rented a bike and cycle along the coastal pavement, it was amazing!

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