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Ipanema Beach

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Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Popularized by the song "The Girl from Ipanema," this...

Popularized by the song "The Girl from Ipanema," this world-famous beach gives foreign visitors a sense of life in Rio, displaying a cross-section of different lifestyles, chic boutiques and eateries and luxurious apartment buildings.

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Beautiful and relaxing!

This beach is gorgeous! Lots to do on the beach and boardwalk. Everyone is very active playing beach volleyball or soccer. The boardwalk is filled with small cafe's and great food... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Miami, Florida
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This beach is gorgeous! Lots to do on the beach and boardwalk. Everyone is very active playing beach volleyball or soccer. The boardwalk is filled with small cafe's and great food places!

Thank SV0710
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We walked from Ipanema beach up to Pedra do Arpoador and then Copacabana. Such a great beautiful walk! We stopped at various places to have a snack and a drink. We found that Ipanema was slightly calmer than Copacabana!

Thank ByNoelle
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the little bar called the girl from ipanema. The boys felt it was a must see when in Rio. This beach is a little less crowded then Copacabana beach. Lots to do. Good options for restaurants.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I loved this beach even more than the Copacabana, it was clean and relaxing, such an amazing place to be!

Vina del Mar, Chile
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very clean and beautiful beach. I would personally recommend it over copacabana. Ipanema itself is a lovely neighbourhood with some good restaurants nearby. This place has unique charm.

Thank Birender_Maun
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quieter, a bit cleaner, waves not as aggressive, and not as busy as Copacabana, albeit a bit of a walk to get to!

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like beaches, Rio is for you. They are just what you think they will be. The only downside is that sometimes the waves are quite big and it is difficult to get beyond them breaking and they are very crowded at the weekend. It is also almost very hot in Rio and the sun beats down on you... More 

Thank Anya L
Narragansett, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful clean very lively offering hand gliding, refreshments and plenty of people watching. Very clean and more lively than Cococabana You will not be disappointed

Thank billcarroll289
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beach just seemed to be a more fun action beach than the others. Seemed to be more room on the beach. A little more unprotected than copacabana bit not really an issue.

Thank xshaun3
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Ipanema, its my favorite beach inside the urban area of Rio, but during the summer days it is impossible to find a spot at the sand and if you do, most of the times it will be tense. I avoid Posto 9, stay closer to Posto 10, where you will see more families and locals. Get used to... More 

Thank brjader

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Ipanema is considered Rio's crown jewel. It offers the best view of the sunset from Arpoador and is inspiration for the legendary song, “The Girl from Ipanema.” Ipanema is an upscale area, home to many high-end restaurants and luxury shops, many of which can be found on the charming Garcia d'Ávila Avenue. The neighbourhood is very rich culturally, housing many art galleries that show contemporary art. There is also a great variety of nightlife in the neighbourhood, which buzzes with many options for every taste.
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