Honeymoon guide to Rio de Janeiro
Passionate and exuberant, stylish and sexy, Rio de Janeiro has the capacity to enthrall honeymoon couples from beachside to mountaintop.
Known as the cidade maravilhosa (the marvellous city), Rio occupies one of the most beautiful settings in the world.
Unwind on Copacabana Beach – the world’s most famous beach. Copacabana’s white sand beach runs for almost 5km in front of a lively nightlife district and residential suburb.
Or head over to equally famous Ipanema Beach and join the daily fun-filled carnival on this stunning stretch of white sand made famous in the 1960s song The Girl from Ipanema.
The Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue, named a few years ago as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, stands on top of Corcovado (Hunchback) peak, providing the famous focal point for Rio’s skyline, dominated by Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) towering above the Baía de Guanabara.
Stroll around the narrow cobblestone streets of the historic downtown neighbourhoods of Centro, Lapa and Santa Teresa to discover grand plazas, gold-covered churches and buildings of the baroque, Beaux Arts and Art Deco styles.
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Choose the perfect beach for your Rio de Janeiro honeymoon, including famous as well more secluded beaches.
On Rio’s beaches you can buy much anything you want from a skimpy bikini, towels, kangas (sarongs), hats and shades and suntan lotion to peanuts, beer and cookies in adddition to sticks of grilled shrimp, shelled coconuts and even deep-muscle massages.
Known as the world’s most famous beach, Copacabana’s white sand beach runs for almost 5km in front of a lively nightlife district and residential suburb.
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.
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Join the daily fun-filled carnival on this stunning stretch of white sand made famous in the 1960s song The Girl from Ipanema. The hit was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Viní-cius de Morais about ‘the tall and tan and young and lovely girl’ they saw on Ipanema Beach.
Enjoy a caipirinha at the Velloso Bar on Vinícius de Morais Street where the two men watched the unforgettable girl on her daily trip to the beach, then join the golden brown sun-worshippers brushing up their tans.
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Shares the beach with Ipanema – the border is the Jardim de Ala (Allah’s Gardens). Leblon is one of the best areas to stay or live in Rio.
Schools, movie theaters and theaters, nightclubs, concert halls, and some of Rio’s best restaurants and bars are among its attractions.
Enjoy this less-crowded golden-sand beach with fine scenery, a degree of isolation and a landing strip for the hang gliders who leap from the nearby peaks.
For surfers and said to be the best in Rio, particularly around the Barraca de Pepê (Pepe’s Shack). Beyond Barra lies Grumari, a lovely small beach set in a lush nature reserve.
(Kings’ Cove) – Breathe in the fresh sea air at this picturesque beach resort, located on the hilly Costa Verde peninsula about a two-hour drive south of Rio.
Here the ocean is fringed with tropical forest, golden sandy beaches, small fishing villages and more than 365 islands. The region is known for its many beaches and biodiverse Ilha Grande, the largest island.
The island’s main village, Vila do Abraão, offers a choice of restaurants, bars and the St. Sebastian Church at its heart.
Discover more than a dozen sandy coves in this beach haven for Rio socialites, just two hours drive north of Rio on the Cabo Frio peninsula.
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.
Topless bathing on Rio’s beaches is a big no-no; and is actually illegal.
Postos (lifeguard stations) along Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are open daily from 8am to 8pm. They offer first aid, changing and toilet facilities for a charge of BR1. Postos, numbered 1 through 11, start at Leme Beach and end in Leblon Beach.
Rio de Janeiro offers an excellent range of accommodation options to suit the majority of honeymoon budgets, including the following 5-star hotels…
Belmond Copacabana Palace
Location: Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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
Location: Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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.
Location: Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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.
Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro
Location: Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Ave nightly price: AUD229 per room
Description: Boasting an an outdoor pool and spa centre, Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro is strategically located in the heart of Barra da Tijuca, nested between the ocean, the lake and the mountains, just across the street from Reserva Beach. The hotel has a sauna and fitness centre with a Yoga Studio. Guests can enjoy a meal at one of the three restaurants. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and private parking is available on site. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a TV. Some rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while looking out at the sea, the lake or garden. All rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes and a hairdryer. There is a 24-hour front desk, a cash machine and shops at the property. Beach service is available and offers chairs, parasols and towels. João Havelange Olympic Stadium – Engenhão is 17 km from Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, while Riocentro Conventions Centre is 9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Santos Dumont Airport, 26 km from Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro.
Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro
Location: Jacarepagua, Rio de Janeiro
Ave nightly price: AUD154 per room
Description: Located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s lively Barra da Tijuca district, Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro features a rooftop swimming pool offering picturesque lake views, a well-appointed fitness centre and a restaurant serving regional and international cuisine. Cream-coloured, guestrooms and suites come with Nespresso coffee machine and elegant décor for guests to unwind. The private bathrooms boast free L’Occitane toiletries and a hairdryer. Some room categories offer free WiFi access included. Guests can order 24-hour room service in the comfort of their room. At Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro, guests can benefit from a 24-hour business centre. This 5-star hotel is situated 2 km from Barra Olympic Park, 5 km from RioCentro Convention Centre, 11 km from Tijuca Forest National Park and 300 metres from Metropolitano Mall. Galeão International Airport and Santos Dumont Airport are 30 km away.
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The best time for a honeymoon in Rio is between May and September, when the sky is clear, the beaches are cooled by trade winds and the average temperature hovers around 28°C (82°F) with a high of 35°C (95°F).
Summer, between December and March, is wet and humid with temperatures ranging from 25°C (77°F) to 40°C (104°F).
For more climate info: Rio Weather Guide…
Rio de Janeiro – the second largest city in Brazil – is located on the South Atlantic coast – and is well serviced by a number of international airlines.
From Australia: The most convenient flights are on Qantas to Buenos Aires, with connecting flights to Rio de Janeiro on Gol. From Perth, the best route is on South African Airlines via Johannesburg.
Latest update Rio de Janeiro honeymoon: 5 August, 2018