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Ipanema Beach

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Santo Cristo)
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Ranked #23 of 469 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
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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This beach is beautiful. It was a beautiful and had great bars right along the boardwalk and beautiful views of the sunset. All kinds of people are here all hours of the day. It was just lovely and a lot of fun.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Local people like to go to Ipanema beach. It's where you people watch "the locals". Only one restaurant in front of the beach. Not too many options for a drink. Nice for getting some tan and swimming.

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Beijing, Beijing, China
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Ipanema is arguably Rio's most beautiful city beach. Softer sand, cleaner, less crowded and less commercial than Copacabana, it's a perfect place to relax and watch the sun set by the Dois Irmaos (Two Brother) mountain with a cold beer. Not a bad place to do some boogie boarding either! The board walk has it's own attractions - namely trinket... More

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Rio de Janeiro
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

I have lived within a mile of Ipanema beach for more than 10 years, and I don't remember prices for chairs, umbrellas and drinks ever being anywhere near these levels. I think that along with the World Cup and the Olympics has come a serious amount of gouging. Caveat Emptor!!!!

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I was here 2 times (August and November) and i was not lucky with weather. For sure winter time is not ideal for visiting beach , but i was expecting a bit more. I was lucky i had good company - local friend Gesileni showed me many places around and big thanks for that ! Walking along beach is cool... More

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Mint Hill, North Carolina
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105 reviews 105 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This beach is very nice to visit. It looks great too, but it is located in a part of the city where the well-to-do and "artsy" people seem to live. It gives me a feeling like I have at Malibu, in California. Still, the waves are nice here. It's situated next to Leblon beach which seems like the beach for... More

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gibraltar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Excellent beach but the sea is surprisingly cold, beware of trouble leave valuables behind, great place for people watching

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Moscow, Russia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Ipanema is the very beautiful beach and to really enjoy it you need to know some rules which only local people can share. So here is the story: you would notice walking along the beach that there are big stations with numbers on them - like 10, 9 , 8 etc. And, it appeared, that there is certain public associated... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Well i know its stating the obvious but we were there around the carnaval time & it was ridiculously busy and it was very messy - i do know that the bin men were on strike by Copacobana somehow managed to stay cleaner! We enjoyed the night life and the restaurants more than we did the beach - maybe not... More

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Calgary, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Was in Rio for Carnaval this spring and omg Ipanema beach and area was insanely busy. We lined up two hours - shoulder to shoulder to shoulder for a parade that lasted all of 20 minutes. Lots of eye candy to keep one occupied in the interim. The strip is much busier but more chaotic than Copa, thus the crowd... More

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