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Copacabana Beach
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Copacabana Beach which includes a sandy beach, a sunset and general coastal views

More than just a stretch of sand, Rio de Janeiro’s most famous beach is where locals and visitors from all over the world come to relax, strut, pose and play. 

Gleaming hotels and forested hills line the perfectly curved 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) stretch of Copacabana Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world. Abutting one of Brazil’s highest density residential areas, this beach is nearly always filled to capacity, but that’s part of its charm. Swim in the cool waters of the Atlantic amongst thousands of other visitors, join in a game of soccer on the sand or just sit back on a beach chair and order snacks from a beach vendor and watch the passing parade.

Start your visit by touring the whole length of Copacabana Beach. A wide promenade lines the entire stretch. Walk, jog or cycle along the path while taking in everything the beach has to offer. Halfway along the promenade, see the Belmond Copacabana Palace, a five-star hotel built in 1923 in art deco style.

Copacabana Beach is a hive of constant activity with Rio de Janeiro residents enjoying sports on the sand. Watch a game of soccer, which is Brazil’s most popular sport, or join in a game of beach volleyball. The beach also has several weight-lifting areas, where locals come to tan and show off their muscles. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent along the beach if you’d rather just relax.

Go to the southwestern tip of the beach to find Copacabana Fort, which is spread out along a rocky spit. Copacabana Fort was completed in 1914 and was retired as a defensive fortification in 1987. It’s now home to the Army Historical Museum where cannons and some other military equipment are on display. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and there is a fee to enter.

The most exciting time to visit Copacabana Beach is on New Year’s Eve, when the beach is blanketed with over 2 million visitors who come to watch the world-famous fireworks show. Join the chaos on the sand, or reserve a room at a beachfront hotel for a more private vantage point.

Copacabana Beach is easy to get to from the city center via the metro or a bus. Parking can be difficult to find in the area, so public transportation is your best option for reaching the beach.

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Américas Copacabana Hotel
Américas Copacabana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Barata Ribeiro 550, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $29 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 2
Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rua Barata Ribeiro and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (955 reviews)
"Great location with excellent roof top pool and great food"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

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Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is $67 per night from May 22 to May 22
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Copacabana Fort, Copacabana Beach, and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Parque Henrique Lage and Rio ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (527 reviews)
"Excelente hotel .. ótima localização e atendimento Fui super bem recebida .. quero voltar mais vezes ."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Arena Copacabana Hotel
Arena Copacabana Hotel
4 out of 5
Av Atlantica 2064 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $55 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 15-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica, Praia do Leme, and Chacrinha State Park. Copa ...
4.4/5Excellent! (972 reviews)
"good hotel , just at check in , they stated did NOT have my reservation, all paid for , just after I have to shown my email confirmation then my reservation appeared"

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

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Américas Copacabana Hotel
Américas Copacabana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Barata Ribeiro 550, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $29 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 2
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Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is $67 per night from May 22 to May 22
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Arena Copacabana Hotel
Arena Copacabana Hotel
4 out of 5
Av Atlantica 2064 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $55 per night from May 24 to May 24
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Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $309 per night from May 19 to May 19
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JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2600 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $83 per night from May 21 to May 21
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Hotel Atlântico Travel
Hotel Atlântico Travel
4 out of 5
Rua Barata Ribeiro nº 544, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is $20 per night from May 23 to May 23
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Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro
The price is $100 per night from May 28 to May 28
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PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlântica, 1500, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $86 per night from May 31 to May 31
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Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $94 per night from May 19 to May 19
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
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