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Copacabana Beach
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Copacabana Beach showing general coastal views, a beach and a sunset

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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Arena Copacabana Hotel
Arena Copacabana Hotel
4 out of 5
Av Atlantica 2064 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $78 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
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! (971 reviews)
"Great spacious rooms. Very contemporary decor. Great views and great rooftop although pool is tiny. Staff is personable, friendly warm and professional. They make you feel at home with family"

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

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Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $117 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Museum of Modern ...
4.4/5Excellent! (973 reviews)
"24/7 Service was excellent."

Reviewed on Apr. 21, 2021

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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 CA $388 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (984 reviews)
"This hotel is impeccable. It’s not a crazy type hotel where people who aren’t guests come and raid the place to see and be seen. The guests here want peace and serenity and these guys make you feel like at home. Our room was a suite with a living room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Very chic with ocean ..."

Reviewed on May 5, 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 CA $36 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
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Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $117 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
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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 CA $78 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
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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 CA $388 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
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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 CA $117 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
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Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is CA $94 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Royal Rio Palace Hotel
Royal Rio Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Duvivier 82 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $42 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Royal Rio Palace Hotel
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 CA $109 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
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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 CA $107 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 7
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
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