Copacabana Beach

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro: Hours, Address, Copacabana Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: 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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Roddek
Melbourne, Australia441 contributions
Rio De Janeiro - Between 2002 - 2010
Rio de Janeiro has long been considered one of the most beautiful and hedonistic cities on the planet. The green forested mountains make a dramatic vista with the many beaches in the background, and to make it undeniably stunning is the Christ the Redeemer statue sitting on top of the mountain, and Pao de Acucar( Sugar loaf mountain) in the opposite direction.
Ardent defenders say that Rio is misunderstood, and in some ways, it is a city of contradictions. Rio may have more than 20 miles of white sand beaches, but it is not a resort. Brazilians may be among the world's most amiable, affectionate people, but the criminals among them can be cunning. Visitors should be prudent.
Adventurous travelers who arrive prepared for both the problems and the joys of this country will find Rio a pleasure, especially if they speak a little Portuguese. Even broken Portuguese is warmly received, and a little Spanish or French can also help.
My favourite beach hang out was Copacabana, with four kilometres of sand, with the bronze bodies soaking up the sun, and the beach vendors relentlessly accosting tourist in the hope of making a sale, not forgetting the countless games of football and volleyball being played until darkness sets in.
The most unmistakable feature on Copacabana beach is the black and white wave of paint design on the promenade. One must not forget Ipanema beach which attracts the who is who in Rio, dressed and undressed, sporting the Brazilian tan, as only the locals can do.
Finally, to appreciate this magnificent city, one must climb atop the Corcovado and gaze below with views of little boats elegantly afloat in the water, the neon lights along Via Atlantica avenue, and the tiny figures strolling, playing, or resting on Copacabana beach. This creates a spectacular sight that is beyond what I could ever imagine. As I made my way down to Copacabana beach, refreshing wafts of cool sea breeze made the night air bearable on this perfect moonlit night. When I got down to street level, I turned around and gazed at the stature of Christ the Redeemer, which looms above the city’s silhouette, and one will openly agree that is one of the most stunning cities on this planet.

Safety and security.
Since this was the fifth of my many visits to Brazil, I was aware of the security concerns. Unfortunately, I did not carry my SLR camera, which was a huge disappointment, but better be safe than sorry. Leave your expensive photo equipment behind and opt for a cheap camera. The expensive watches and elaborate chains, and bracelets should be left in the hotel room. Snatch and grab gangs operate in most parts of the city and beaches, with emphasis directed at the unsuspecting tourist who drop their guard at times. I witnessed a couple of snatches and grab episodes, which left the owners in a fit of uncontrollable anger and sadness.
Written 14 August 2022
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Clydesdale
Tennessee2 contributions
Friends
Where to start. A really interesting city but about as dangerous as it gets. First there are no safe places at the beach. You are a sitting duck. Three flight attendants on our lane were robbed there.

Additionally on the way up to Christ statue a man came out of the bushes with a gun and tried to rob the train car. In a crazy turn of events the security guard pulled his machine gun out and magically the man sunk back into the bushes.

Interesting city, country, but not one I’ll visit again.

PS don’t ever take a taxi. You’ll end up robbed, beaten, and in jail. No questions asked.
Written 5 August 2022
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Can
Antalya, Turkey8 contributions
Solo
This beach is really impressive and very wide. Since I went in the winter season, it was not very busy, but it was still great. Don't forget to drink Caipirinha when you go. However, I recommend not to buy from peddlers.
Written 29 June 2022
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shiraziwine
Shiraz, Iran1 245 contributions
This beach is where can introduce real Rio, a real sun sand sea.
amazing soft sand like silk and amazing water and atmosphere
Written 20 June 2022
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Sedrick S
chicago67 contributions
Solo
I'm not going to waste words describing the spectacular beaches along the Copacabana strip. This review is more about one of the groups selling drinks/food. They're generally overlooked...not this time.
There are plenty of these little setups all along the beach. This particular one has the green and black "18X" banner. Caprihana is their specialty along with fresh coconuts. One guy stood out as the prototype front guy. He even speaks English! His name is Patricka, and the drinks and conversations will definitely be missed (black shirt, in rear). Already making plans to come back!!!
Written 1 June 2022
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m4ttieh
London, United Kingdom341 contributions
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 30 May 2022
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1 257 contributions
Simply beautiful. I didn’t actually go swimming, but I viewed the gorgeous waves and puffy sand multiple times during my Rio visit since I stayed in Copacabana. The area is safe if you take normal precautions, and there’s a diverse variety of food and drink on the beach and nearby.

Even if you don’t plan to swim, it’s worth checking out the beach in any case! Go now!
Written 29 May 2022
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Luca M
New York City, NY531 contributions
Fot the tips about security and robberies, please check online. My perception was that if you go without phone and credit cards, but with swim suit with zip keeping with you few cas, you should be fine.

For the rest, go there late in the afternoon before the sunset. Walk on the beach and see all the brazilians playing football listening to samba music. Go to La murete to admire the violet and orangish sunset drinking a good caipirinha.

The morning, check when is the sunrise e go there... It is the most beautiful fire in the sky i have ever see. Maybe go in front of posto 5 where there are always organized group of people doing cardio so you are not alone
Written 8 May 2022
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Manny
Londrina, PR10 contributions
Couples
This beach is beautifull. We love Rio. The beach is long. You can go for picnic and swimming and lots of peeople. Good food close in restaurante.
Written 7 May 2022
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Glen W
Rio de Janeiro, RJ12 contributions
Family
My family and I enjoyed our time at Copacabana beach. Apart from being world famous, there are also a number of areas to go depending on what you like doing. It is divided in areas demarcated by flags from 1 through 6. Each area has a place where you can buy drinks and food items, as well as a water source to get the sand off you when you decide to leave. There are areas that have nets for Beach games, like volleyball. There are areas that have outdoor weight lifting. Other area with free-standing pullup and dip stations. While others are just made for kicking back, soaking in the sun, and enjoying the view of the ocean in between people watching! If you enjoy the beach. You should not miss this one!
Written 24 April 2022
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