Copacabana Beach
Copacabana Beach
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Copacabana
The rowdy Copacabana is one of the most traditional and old areas from Rio de Janeiro. This neighbourhood is a blend of Brazilian soul - crowded, rowdy and traditional. This neighbourhood has a bit of everything: bars with music, pubs, street fairs, chaotic streets, and many shops. All these things and more live side-by-side. There are options for all price points and tastes. However, the most powerful draw in Copacabana is still the fantastic view of the coast and the incredible beaches.
How to get there
  • Siqueira Campos • 10 min walk
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  • Tobby1964AM
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    This is the best place I ever visited. Water is clear, beach amazing. It is very busy, so many people and it is impossible to catch the part of the day with less people, to enjoy in peace. It is important to take care of your private things, you can stay without them.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • BorntocruiseUK
    Heathfield, United Kingdom13,393 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The beach that never sleeps
    It doesn’t matter what time of day you walk on the beach there are people. Each one engaged in their own little world. Whether this is going for a swim, paddling in the water, playing football, Rugby, volleyball the list is endless and that doesn’t include those just sunbathing. Our hotel was opposite and even at 5am the beach was being used for some activity, I’ve never seen this on any beach. Adjacent to the beach is a lovely flat pavement. Several bars are on beach affording a great view whilst you down your favourite tipple.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • HeidiM929
    Cincinnati, Ohio281 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    See it and Leave
    It’s interesting to see all the people on the beach but it’s not my favorite place in the world. It’s a fun place to walk or eat and there are bathrooms all along the way. Glad we saw it - glad to go. You have to really watch your personal belongings too. Don’t take much at all. Rio is not a safe city.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Steve
    London, United Kingdom919 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Beach
    We were a bit wary of walking the promenade after reading some stories but every time we were there the place was busy and felt safe. Albeit we kept a very firm grip on our belongings. The whole stretch is vibrant with many bars, street sellers, markets and people enjoying the beach. Some of the bars have excellent bands on during the afternoon.
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • TRAVELBOOKINGNOW
    Blackfalds, Canada8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Copacobana Beach
    Stunning. Iconic. Paradise on Earth. Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro is a mesmerizing destination that embodies the spirit of Brazil like no other. As I stepped onto the powdery white sand, I was instantly transported into a world of tropical bliss. The beach stretches for miles, fringed with vibrant beach umbrellas, swaying palm trees, and an electric atmosphere that never fades. The crystal-clear waters of Copacabana are irresistibly inviting, beckoning you to take a dip and escape from the heat. Whether you're a seasoned surfer catching epic waves or simply wishing to relax on a sunbed, there's something for everyone here. The beach is well-equipped, offering a range of amenities, from beachside bars serving refreshing caipirinhas to beach vendors offering mouthwatering local snacks.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Jordan
    Columbus, Ohio159 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun beach but be smart
    My husband and I spent about a week at a hotel directly across the street from Copacabana Beach around Reveillon/New Year's. It wasn't too crowded especially in the water. My husband had fun getting knocked around by the giant waves while I drank from a coconut on a beach chair. It is relatively well-maintained but there are cigarette butts and other bits of trash to be wary of in the sand. If you're sitting on the beach, vendors will approach you to rent out chairs and umbrellas, sell you food, drinks, cigarettes, or clothing, and offer to braid your hair. Nao obrigado sends them on their way if that is what you prefer. If the price seems too high, it probably is. We asked around at a couple vendors before buying/renting. The locals sit much closer to the water than people in other countries we have been to. The walk to the shore feels quite long in all the sand. We walked by the hoses for the outdoor showers because the wet sand was easier. We brought very little to the beach which seemed common. A beach wrap or towel, your room key, and nothing else is ideal for tourists. Plus some cash stuck in your top if you want to buy things. We did see a few people get their stuff snatched, especially phones, from our room.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Baskal Busra
    Türkiye64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Depend on what you seek for
    Its a beautiful very long beach. But unoftunately its full of scam. They gave us 2 mojoto( literally put that in out mouth/forcibly and and told us another mojito is free. And asked to 50 us dollars for all 3 of them. The whole beach smells like piss just like the whole city. I do not know if it is because of carnival time. It is so much fun, but i do not recommend to people whose priorities are hygiene and secureity.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 10, 2024
  • AlexSwallow
    Sheffield, United Kingdom1,668 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Famous and justly so
    I was fascinated to see one of the famous beaches of the world and ended up really liking it. We were staying nearby, it was nice to stroll along the boardwalk area and when we sat on the beach I thought renting chairs and buying drinks were all fairly priced and the vendors were pleasant and non-aggressive (although the sheer amount of them made it harder to relax). Impressed how easy it is to get to the centre of the city from here on the metro too.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 14, 2024
  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,216 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice
    We visited Copacabana with touring with a guide. We didn't sit on the beach but walked the very nice promenade and checked out the market. Later in the day, returned for dinner. It's a very nice area with lots of restaurants and bars in addition to the beach.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 16, 2024
  • rao s
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon of Rio.
    Over the years I have stayed at Copacabana, Ipanema and Lebanon beaches more than 30 times. There are no other places to compare. I have travelled most of the world. Walking on the beach or pedestrian walk with kiosks and benches with variety food food and drinks. get a fresh coco and watch people different age groups playing volleyball. Mostly walking from Leblon to Copacabana via Ipanema on Sunday morning. (vehicular traffic is stooped in Copacabana.). Most happiest and worry less people you will see. You have to dress and behave like a local in order to be safe and enjoy.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 23, 2024
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Patricia L
Belfast, UK131 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Although this beach looks beautiful I would recommend looking at it from a distance. Certainly do not venture into the beach after 5pm you will be looking for trouble. Both myself and wife were attacked on the beach at around 6pm whilst other people were still on the beach. Fortunately the attackers ran off without getting anything as they were not prepared for a struggle which I would NOT recommend but sometimes when you are surprised you react differently.
Written February 3, 2020
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kdeli
Agia Paraskevi, Greece1,669 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The most known place of Rio De Janeiro, and one of the most known beaches in the world, is the Copacabana. It is a very long beach, about 4 Km. Too many people in the sandy beach, but not in the sea. It is not so clean and not calm. Almost impossible for swim safety. There are people plaing sand games. There are clean kiosks served food and drinks but the price are not low. It is nice to walk up and down, in sidewalk during afternoon, where the small shopkeeper tries to sell his stock (clothes,bags,suvenirs..).
At night in the kiosks there are groups (musicians) playing traditional music, and if you want you can dance. It was fun.
Written January 28, 2020
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Ray Blinde
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Rain limited our enjoyment but we had a window view of the setting from high up in the Cocoabana Hilton and scene was beautiful....particularly on the hours we had some blue sky, and at night. The lounge on the top floor even gave us a picture of Christ the Redeemer in a cloud setting
Written February 15, 2020
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rafael r
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Rio de Janeiro is wonderful, the weather is very nice and warm, but with a lot of wind. the beaches are beautiful and the water is very cold and the food is very good. I highly recommend drinking coconut water from there, it is very cold and cheap.
Written May 6, 2021
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Alan S
North Hampton, NH41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
The beach is enormous and provide for a nice walk end to end either on the sand or on the sidewalk which is lined with vendors, bars and restaurants on each side of the walkway. There are some craft shops as well with some good finds. Most of all, it was safe to stroll along the beach with no one to bother you. If you’re lucky the sun will be up then the beach can be crowded. Overall it a nice pleasant beach to just chill and enjoy a cold beer...
Written February 18, 2020
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Michael M
Atlanta, GA150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Expected a beautiful, clean, and modern surrounding. Was a bit disappointed in that the water was clearly polluted (very few swimmers in the water), and the surrounding area was okay but not at the highest levels. Very popular beach for sand games and family outings though. We stayed at a hotel on Avenida Atlantica (paid a premium to do so) and it was certainly convenient and accessible to surrounding areas but there are other hotels nearby that were cheaper that would probably have served as well (our room was not facing the water but rather the hillsides). Should have known from maps or internet that Copacabana is quite a ways from the international airport....we were a bit surprised it took us about 45 - 60 minutes to get there (Uber) with a fair amount of congestion.
Written January 28, 2020
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Vicky P
Tallinn, Estonia1,587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Quiet and peaceful early in the morning, dancing samba at nearly every kiosk in the evening, intensively rubbing sunscreen lotion during the day - the place is fun but requires caution, meaning no golden and other expensive jewelry, no fancy bags and clothes; if you try to blend in, you are bound to have a great time. Lots of souvenirs along the way and at a rather big market closer to the end of the beach, don't forget to bargain if you are paying cash, you could easily get 10% off. But that applies to official souvenir shops too. And don't settle in the first kiosk you like, most probably the best one will be even better, as they all have their own food, drinks, live music, atmosphere. The restaurants on the side of the hotels are also nice but a bit more pretentious! Oh, and do stop by the Fort and Othon rooftop bar for an overall experience.
Written January 14, 2020
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iamhappy
Holmdel, NJ31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I was not impressed with Copacabana Beach. The water was brown, you need to be on guard at all times. We went around 7 am when still quiet and peaceful and walked by the water, which was the probably the best time to go. We also went at night but then we were told not to walk on the sand as could be dangerous.
Written February 3, 2020
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Raphael K
El Calafate, Argentina12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I loved Rio and I loved Copacabana beach (as well as th adjecent beach). The vew is fantastic. You can rent a SUP and get a nice view of the mountains from the sea. At night all the "kiosks" (small restaurants by the beach) have live music. You can drink the local alcholic beverage on the street. Sat and Sun are full of sport activities. I loved to walk on the beach very early in the morning befor I start the day activities.
Written January 20, 2020
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m4ttieh
London, United Kingdom339 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Leave your valuables at the hotel and put on your happy face and politely say "no" to all the pushy street traders and hawkers who lets be fair are only trying to make a living.

Enjoy the atmosphere as you walk along the board walks but be prepared to pay a lot for a beer at one of the bars on the beach itself.
Don't bother going in the water , it's pretty rough and better suited to surfing rather than swimming and probably has a poor water quality anyway . Just sit on the soft white sand enjoy the view and the noise of the breakers on the beach and the music from the bars.

It certainly is worth a trip and lives up to its hype as one of the most famous beaches in the world, Its even reasonably safe at night due to the flood lights on the sand, just avoid the crowds if you are nervous and don't speak , the hawkers will hone in on the tourists.

The only really down side are that the locals dont take their trash home with them so litter on the beach can be a problem.

Also if you must take a picture of the sand sculptures, remember to give these guys a small donation, they have spent all day creating their art and could otherwise be doing something more dodgy. Dont be surprised if they give you the verbals if you want a photo but dont want to put your hand in your pocket. Looking is free but if you want a picture dont be a cheap skate!
Written May 30, 2022
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