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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Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is $73 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Copacabana Beach and Copacabana Fort. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Parque Henrique Lage are also ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (608 reviews)
"Everything was very good"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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The price is $91 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is just steps from Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Carlos Drummond de Andrade Statue and Rua Barata Ribeiro ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (943 reviews)
"The hotel was beautiful and the staff is very nice. When I arrived my room wasn't ready, so I had to wait 2 hours before checking into my room. Besides that the hotel was great. Great room service, great view and attentive staff. Also when you check in the hotel serves you champagne. It makes you ..."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $101 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Museum of Modern ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (931 reviews)
"I was impressed with the staff. Very well trained and polite."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 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 $37 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Américas Copacabana Hotel
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $91 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is $73 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $101 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
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 $341 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Arena Copacabana Hotel
Arena Copacabana Hotel
4 out of 5
Av Atlantica 2064 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $71 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Arena Copacabana Hotel
Pestana Rio Atlantica
Pestana Rio Atlantica
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 2964, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $63 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Pestana Rio Atlantica
Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlântica, 4240 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $192 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
Windsor Excelsior Hotel
Windsor Excelsior Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 1800, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $65 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Windsor Excelsior Hotel
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