Copacabana Beach

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Copacabana Beach

Windsor Leme Hotel
Windsor Leme Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 656, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22010-000
The price is $92 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
$92
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"Staff was very helpful"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Windsor Leme Hotel
Miramar by Windsor Copacabana
Miramar by Windsor Copacabana
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22070-001
The price is $154 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
$154
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,001 reviews)
Highly recommend.
"Our stay was absolutely great. The hotel might seem a little bit on the older side, but it’s kept in a great condition. However it’s the services that are just amazing. Rooms are comfortable, the rooftop pool is amazing with the best of Copacabana views and the breakfast buffet was unbelievable. ..."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Miramar by Windsor Copacabana
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22010-000
The price is $183 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$183
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
Exceptional Hotel with wonderful staff.
"If I could give this hotel over 5 stars, I would. Our stay was exceptional in all areas. The staff at the front desk was easy to work with, friendly and solved a problem we had. The restaurant staff was super. The breakfast buffet was available from 6:30 until 10:30 and included 6-8 different fruits, ..."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
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Windsor Plaza Copacabana
Windsor Plaza Copacabana
4 out of 5
Ave Princesa Isabel 263 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22011-010
Windsor Plaza Copacabana
Miramar by Windsor Copacabana
Miramar by Windsor Copacabana
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22070-001
Miramar by Windsor Copacabana
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22010-000
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Windsor Leme Hotel
Windsor Leme Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 656, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22010-000
Windsor Leme Hotel
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, 22021-001
Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Windsor California Copacabana
Windsor California Copacabana
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 22041-001
Windsor California Copacabana
Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 1800, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22021-001
Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
Royal Rio Palace Hotel
Royal Rio Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Duvivier 82 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22020-020
Royal Rio Palace Hotel
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlântica, 1500, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22020-020
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
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