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Ipanema Beach

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Santo Cristo)
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Ranked #24 of 496 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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Sao Paulo, SP
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Ipanema Beach is a symbol of Rio de Janeiro. Learn how to be carioca here... Fo to the beach around 10am, do not forget solar protection. Better places are in front of main hotel, having better seat, services and also security. Do not bring too much things, just ID, money for the day, and beach clothes. After the beach look... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

My father was born and grew up just opposite this beach, so we went back there this year for a visit. Ipanema beach is lovely, clean and full of beautiful people. There's such a vibrant atmosphere and the backdrop of cliffs is amazing! This is definitely the beach for the young people, Copacabana beach is for the older generations ;)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I had the pleasure of staying nearby and found this beach to be more tranquil than the popular Copacabana beach. There seems to be more local crowds in this beach as well. If you want a less crowded beach and enjoy yourself more than Ipanema is the beach of the two most popular. Definitely worth the time to visit when... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Just sharing my experience years ago. I expected more diversity in this area. I stayed in a cute little hotel, and strolled around the area. It was supposedly pretty rough at night, lots of prostitutes. The day was great for beach time, but only cute people, not a mix of families, young and old. I would only visit again for... More

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LOndon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Could always be better...i was probably expected more, but... The season i went there wasnt right, therefore i didint enjoy as much.

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Dullstroom, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The most beautiful people in the world,,,guys and girls. Clean, friendly and a lovely blue sea to swim in.

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

Ipanema is long, wide, and has nice sand. It is big enough to be pleasant, even with weekend crowds. You can walk for miles. It does have city problems. Do not wear jewelry, necklaces are commonly ripped off of women. During our visit they deployed extra police because roving mobs of up to 30 were creating chaos and stealing everything... More

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sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I stayed in Ipanema for 5 days during world cup and I must say that it is one of the most beautiful and iconic beaches in the world and it is a must. We also spent 7 days prior in Copacabana and the feel, look, demographics, safety and food options are much better. Loved it.

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

Ipanema is where the locals go and in truth you can see why. Smaller, quieter, and less crowded than Copacabana, it's a welcome respite from the hustle bustle. There are excellent restaurants nearby such as Felice Caffè and the view is wonderful. The 'feel' of Ipanema is different also, a cooler, more laid back vibe representative of Carioca culture. It's... More

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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I feel that this beach is overrated. The song was about the girl, not the beach! It is crowded, and really humid in January. What is the point?

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