Arpoador beach
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Neighborhood: Ipanema
Ipanema is considered Rio's crown jewel. It offers the best view of the sunset from Arpoador and is inspiration for the legendary song, “The Girl from Ipanema.” Ipanema is an upscale area, home to many high-end restaurants and luxury shops, many of which can be found on the charming Garcia d'Ávila Avenue. The neighbourhood is very rich culturally, housing many art galleries that show contemporary art. There is also a great variety of nightlife in the neighbourhood, which buzzes with many options for every taste.
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Van Wilder
Cape Town, South Africa39 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Love this spot. Whether your arrive here at 6am in the morning or stay till sunset, this spot is always a buzz with activity. You will come across fitness junkies, beach goers, etc and could actually just stay all day people watching. Just my personal experience and although nothing has ever happened to me, I did feel a little unsafe climbing up onto the rock by myself at 6/7am. Although there were plenty people on the promenade, there weren’t many up on the rock. In fact the only people up on the rock that time of the morning was a few models doing a photoshoot. That being said, I did not experience anything untoward when I did make my way up there but just be careful as there’s no one around on top of the rock that early in the morning And keep in your mind that should you get approached, you’re a grongo and you don’t speak Portuguese. I have to stress, plenty of people down below on the promenade which makes it safe. However, at sunset, the rock is full as everyone is rushing to their favorite spot to catch the sunset, you simply must experience that for sure 👍🏻 Tip: I’ve been to Rio plenty of times and lived there for a year...DRESS LIKE A CARIOCA (local) for guys it means havaianas, sunga (shorts or denim shorts If you have to) and if you must carry a back pack then make sure it’s that drawstring back packs. No watches, no jewelry but you can wear your sunglasses. Keep your phone out of sight and don’t wear name brands that scream I’m a gringo (best to not where any t-shirt or sweater) and you’ll fit right in ;-) 👍🏻 Oh and when passing someone just nod and say bom dia or oi, tudo bem
Written February 12, 2020
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Ney B
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8 contributions
Nov 2019
Arpoador is located at the end of Copacabana beach and the beginning of Ipanema beach. The beach is mostly a surfing one. However, it has a stunning panoramic view of Ipanema and Leblon The subshine with the panoramic view is really striking.
Written February 15, 2020
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carlosmp
Rio de Janeiro, RJ4,596 contributions
Jan 2020
This is the left extreme of Ipanema beach, near a rock where waves beat harder and the view is spectacular at sunset. Good for surfing and relatively calm, especially on weekdays. Crowdy on weekends.
Written January 13, 2020
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MarcioHaraguchi
Sao Paulo, SP1,066 contributions
Jan 2021
The view is increadible and the beach is so beautifull - early on the morning.
Perps and the general crowd that ocuppies every space of this place with no idea of social distance, does not like to wake up early. So, forget also about the sunset. Also is not recommendable to go if theres is not a pollice crew every corner of the place (on the rock and at the beach also).
If Brazil is a land of contrast, Rio is the capital. Any tourist there would make 100 K a year, the average of poor people in Brazil is less than 1 K. That´s why is not a good idea displaying anything of value there.
Written January 29, 2021
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Eric D
Lisbon, Portugal52 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Great little hotel directly on the beach. Only one in Rio. Renovation has been very good. Good decoration. Simple but nice and sound proof bedrooms. Great professional staff. Amazing breakfast in perfect spot. Only criticism is that the common area is not really comfortable. No sofas, no armchairs... it can look a bit like a hostel place when it is full of people working on their computer. Also when coming back at night there is reallynowhere nice to stay . I believe it would work to replace part of the long bank with a few sofas. Just an idea. Apart from this well done !
Written November 4, 2020
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James M
Rio de Janeiro, RJ48 contributions
Mar 2020
Beautiful sunsets, waves, less people and the best view of any beach in Rio. Highly recommend visiting. A few beers at sunset here takes the cake. More family vibes and no hotels other than Arpoador Inn around and it really works well.
Written March 11, 2020
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Delanuit11
Geneva, Switzerland135 contributions
Mar 2020
Arpoador has 2 sides before to reach a small peninsula which is a rocky hill. It certainly has the most beautiful sunset in town. The north beach with its wild waves is the paradise for surfers. The south beach also has its surfers along the usual beach public. Said to be dangerous, avoid to climb the beautiful green park. Have a fresh coconut and enjoy the view.
Written April 12, 2020
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Rosemary A
Walnut Creek, CA49 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Beautiful place to watch the sunset! Lots of people there to enjoy the energy of this place with you!!!
Written March 16, 2020
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HamburgAlsterFan
Hamburg, Germany211 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Our very large family is spread all over the worlod since some brothers of our grand- grand- father emigrated from Germany to North- and South America, South Africa, Far East and Australia/ New Zealand.

For more than 130 year we like to meet once a year in the country and the city of one part of our international family.

We enjoy to visit the Brasilian part of our family - they like to show us "their" Brasil. We visit Rio, Sao Paulo, Recife, Salvador de Bahia, Manaus etc.

One of visits we enjoy mostly are the beaches in Rio: of course the worldwide famous beaches - Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, but we especially enjoy the less famous places like ARPOADOR .

Our recopmmendation: take with a good digital photo-/ and, or video camera to make photos and films of your friends/ family.

You can give theses photos/ films to your visitors/ family, and they will always enjoy to watch these photos/ films again and again, and they will very well the visit to ARPOADOR!
Written March 15, 2017
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n b
Amersham, UK43 contributions
Nov 2019
stayed here and a really nice location between the 2 main beaches in Rio. Busy enough without the bustle and hustle, a great option to decide whether to stay put, go left or go right ;) can just stay put and relax.......
Written November 6, 2019
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