I have seen my share of beachfront and esplanades, and I was expecting the same. But like the saying in Asia: This one is "Same same, but different". No seriously, this beachfront is really special. The spirit, the atmosphere, the mood, the style, everything about it - day or night - is really special.
You can enjoy a nice walk and you will watch hundreds of people passing by doing all sorts of things. I am personally not the type of person that like to walk on the beach side just because I have nothing else to do, but to be honest, a walk on this esplanade is really great and entertaining.
Anyway, if you are in Rio, you will definitely go through it.
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