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Copacabana Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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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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 $138 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (964 reviews)

"Great view. Amazing pools. Close to all main attractions."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2020

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Belmond Copacabana Palace
Belmond Copacabana Palace
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $338 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Sugar Loaf ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (945 reviews)

"Everything was great but I like to give a compliment to one of your employer JONATHAN very polite and very professional"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2020

Belmond Copacabana Palace
Orla Copacabana Hotel
Orla Copacabana Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 4122, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $54 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is steps away from Dorival Caymmi Statue, Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort ...

4.1/5Very Good! (957 reviews)

"Thanks Orla Copacabana. What a week we had , all the service since day one was amazed. Clean rooms Hand Sanitizer in every corner The breakfast was simply PERFECT ,I love it. I never been in such a cheap hotel with a so extraordinary service. The view of the Copacabana Beach was WOW!!!! Specially ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2020

Orla Copacabana Hotel
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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 $138 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Belmond Copacabana Palace
Belmond Copacabana Palace
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $338 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
Belmond Copacabana Palace
Orla Copacabana Hotel
Orla Copacabana Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 4122, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $54 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
Orla Copacabana Hotel
Hotel Astoria Palace
Hotel Astoria Palace
4 out of 5
Av. Atlantica 1866, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $62 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
Hotel Astoria Palace
Arena Copacabana Hotel
Arena Copacabana Hotel
4 out of 5
Av Atlantica 2064 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $94 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
Arena Copacabana Hotel
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlântica, 1500, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $130 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
Royal Rio Palace Hotel
Royal Rio Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Duvivier 82 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $55 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
Royal Rio Palace Hotel
Hotel Atlântico Travel
Hotel Atlântico Travel
4 out of 5
Rua Barata Ribeiro nº 544, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is CA $31 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
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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 $134 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
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