Copacabana Beach Guide

Known as the world’s most famous beach, Copacabanas white sand runs for almost 5km in front of a lively nightlife district and residential suburb.


Copacabana Beach
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro – Image courtesy of worldtravelguide.net

Introducing Copacabana Beach

The non-stop beach parade of scantily dressed beautiful bodies and smiling faces embodies the heart and soul of Rio’s ‘Cariocas’ culture that thrives on sun, beach, dance, drink and sport.

Crowded daily with friendly people, the wide beach often resembles more of a large sandy park than a beach, with full-size soccer pitches and volleyball courts situated between Avenida Atlantica and the sea.

With something always going on during the day and along the sidewalks at night, the beach has a non-stop party atmosphere: from people checking out the scene, playing volleyball and soccer, to drinking, eating and singing.

The beach is divided into numbered ‘postos’ (lifeguard stations). Those opposite the luxury hotels have their own security guards to protect guests from petty crime. It’s best not to flaunt watches, jewellery or cameras.

The haunt of rich and poor alike, experienced locals typically come to the beach with only bathers, sunscreen and a wrap, which they can either sit or lie on, except for men who are suppose to sit on the hot sand.

Attractions of Cobacabana Beach

• Watch Cariocas turn Cobacabana and Ipanema beaches into a huge sporting carnival with games of volleyball or footvollei (volleyball with no hands) and beach soccer that roll on throughout the day.

• On the beach you can buy almost anything you want, from a skimpy bikini, towels, kangas (sarongs), hats, shades and suntan lotion to peanuts, beer and cookies as well as sticks of grilled shrimp, shelled coconuts and even deep-muscle massages.

• Copacabana Beach is home to Rio’s famous New Year’s celebration – dress in white as the locals do, for good luck.

• One of the best shopping centres in Rio is just a short walk from the beach, as well as movie houses, theatres, fashion and jewellery shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

Where to stay

For that special romantic occasion try the luxurious Belmond Copacabana Palace facing Copacabana Beach. With a long-established reputation for exceptional service, the Palace is Rio’s first choice for celebrities and royalty.

Copacabana offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit the majority of honeymoon budgets, including the following 5-star hotels…

Belmond Copacabana PalaceBelmond Copacabana Palace
Location: Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD558 per room
Description: The elegant 5-star Belmond Copacabana Palace offers luxurious rooms with marbled bathrooms and panoramic ocean views, located on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beachfront. Services include a wellness spa and 3 gastronomic restaurants. The spacious rooms at the Belmond Copacabana Palace are individually decorated with English antique furniture and original artworks. All offer king-size beds, free use of internet and a free pair of Havaianas flip flops. Some include private balconies with panoramic city or ocean views. Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast served in Pérgula restaurant, which also offers Brazilian specialties and fresh seafood delicacies. Breakfast can also be served in-room and additional charges apply. Top Italian dishes are served in Cipriani restaurant and a selection of drinks are available at the Copacabana Piano Bar. The new MEE Restaurant offers Pan Asian cuisine, with a menu created by the chefs Kazuo Harada and Rafael Hidaka. A large selection of Japanese Sakes is also available.

Miramar Hotel by Windsor Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Location: Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD287 per room
Description: Located right across from the famous Copacabana Beach, the Miramar Hotel by Windsor features a green granite pool and a modern gym. This pet friendly, design hotel offers butler service and free WiFi. Guests can start the day admiring the beautiful beach view while savoring a rich breakfast. Decorated in grey tones, each room here comes equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, safe and minibar. The private bathroom includes toiletries and a bathrobe. Many shops, grocery stores, restaurants, bars and nightclubs are close to Miramar by Windsor. Beach service is available with towels, chairs and parasols. Guests can have a drink at the rooftop bar or enjoy the hotel's restaurant. Copacabana Fort is 700 metres from the Miramar Hotel whilst Lagoa Stadium is 3.8 km away. Santos Dumont Airport is at a distance of 11.7 km, while Galeão International Airport is 25 km away.

Windsor Atlântica Windsor Atlântica
Location: Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD267 per room
Description: The 5-star Windsor Atlântica is ideally located across from the blue waters of Copacabana Beach. It features an elegant spa and a rooftop pool, both with splendid sea views. Guests can enjoy local and international specialties at the award-winning Ristorante Alloro, as well as a 24-hour room service. Windsor Atlântica offers bright, sophisticated rooms with air conditioning, a TV and a minibar. They are elegantly styled with wooden furniture, contemporary décor and warm, natural tones. Most rooms feature scenic ocean views. A popular buffet breakfast is served every morning with fresh fruits and pastries. The spa at the hotel has a variety of treatments, and there is a second swimming pool for guests to use. They are also welcome to exercise or have a sauna session in the fitness centre. Charming shops, restaurants and lively bars are found just 2 blocks away from this hotel. The Beach Volleyball Arena is located 100 metres from Windsor Atlântica, whilst Copacabana Fort is 3.2 km away. Santos Dumont Airport is 9.6 km away, while Galeão International Airport is at a distance of 27.6 km.

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Latest update Copacabana Beach honeymoon destination: 7 February, 2017

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