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“Spacious promenade”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Avenida Atlantica

Avenida Atlantica
Ranked #35 of 710 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Avenida Atlantica, with the iconic wavy sidewalk mosaic of Roberto Burle Marx, is ideal for strolling along Copacabana Beach. It is lined with beachside kiosks offering refreshments such as a chilled coconut, and at the far end is a quaint area where fishermen bring their fresh catch ashore.
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“Spacious promenade”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

Great walking along this boulevard. Very spacious with nice little beach bars all along the ocean side. Felt safe in this area. Across from beach there are many hotels and restaurants, most of the later with outdoor seating, so many people around.

Visited March 2013
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“OK Strip”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

Avenida Atlantica runs the length of Copacabana Beach. Although it's pretty to look at, it's dangerous to cross and, honestly, not as many options for dining and drinking as I had imagined. Other than the regular kiosks for beer and Capirinhas which are duplicated throughout, not a lot of variety. And crossing the street can be a gamble. Waiting for the light at the marked crosswalks is highly recommended as cars speed by and take turns without a thought as to using their brakes. And there is a bike lane so you need to watch out for cyclists coming in either direction. If you can imagine Ocean Drive in South Beach - this is nothing like that.

Visited March 2013
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“Take a Walk on the Wild Side”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Avenida Atlantica is the street which runs between the hotels & Apartments and Copacabana Beach. At one end of this apx 3.5km beach is the Leme neighborhood, and at the other is the Arpoador beach and neighborhood. In between, on the beach side, there are numerous kiosks serving beer, coconuts and light food/snack items, some of which have underground restrooms open to the public for a fee of between R$1 to R$3, you will also encounter a myriad of street vendors, mimes, jugglers, sand sculpture artists, pick pockets, scam artists, etc.. In the center dividing the roadway are gas stations, an evening art fair and tourist fair, and a sewage pumping station. On the side opposite the beach are hotels, apartment buildings and several restaurants, some with open air sidewalk style seating. Quality ranges from downright horrible (Garoto de Ipanema, for example, not to be confused with the Garota de Ipanema in Ipanema which is worth eating at) to very upscale and pricy.

On the beach itself, vendors rent folding chairs and umbrellas at reasonable prices, which depend on the season and crowd level, sell cold beer, and will even chase down a bottle of rum for you if your needs so require. On sunny weekends during peak season (Dec - March) the beach is wall to wall flesh. Watching helicopter rescues is an exciting diversion, when there is breaking surf DO NOT go in the water. The water is cold, much colder than the Caribbean.

I recommend Ipanema Beach to visiting friends, it is cleaner, safer and generally less crowded though it can also be wall to wall on weekends. And, above all else, always wear double the usual sunscreen factor you normally use. The sun in Rio is extremely intense, and you can ruin a vacation with as little as 15 minutes unprotected exposure. Ignore the Brasilians, they can sit for hours under the intense sun, everyone else will burn in minutes.

Visited March 2013
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“Great restaurants, bars and hotels”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Everything you need is right there! Hotels, the beach and bars for nightlife. There is also a market in the evenings

Visited March 2013
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“nice”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

nice place if u wanna have a relaxing walk above all at the sunset or even more, if u wanna do some footing. very recomended it

Visited March 2013
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