Ipanema Beach

Vacation Travel Guide
Ipanema Beach showing mountains and a beach as well as a large group of people

See the place that inspired a famous song about a bikini at this upscale beach.

Located in one of the wealthiest areas in Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema Beach is between Leblon and Arpoador, adjacent to the famed Copacabana Beach. Although the word Ipanema literally translates to “stinky lake” in the Tupi language, this description doesn’t fit what you’ll find along this stretch of white-sand beach where the rich and chic come to worship the sun. Beyond the western limit of the beach, there is a beautiful view of the two mountains, Dois Irmãos.

Originally, Ipanema referred to the homeland of a previous landowner instead of the stretch of coastline. Western culture recognizes the famous beach from the 1960s hit song The Girl From Ipanema, which was written by two local residents.

The local weather is mild year-round, but the best time to visit Ipanema Beach is from July through September when the weather and sunlight are ideal. During Rio’s Carnival, Ipanema hosts its own celebration, Banda de Ipanema, which draws in nearly 50,000 visitors. Regardless of when you visit, make sure you swim only in areas with designated lifeguards, as the water can be treacherous. Multiple lifeguard towers are located along Ipanema’s coastline.

You’ll find devoted surfers and sunbathers every day of the week, but you can expect a larger crowd on Sundays when the nearest road is closed to traffic, but open to walkers, runners, bikers and all varieties of skaters.

The area right near the beach features high-end restaurants and retailers. Wander down Rua Vinícius de Moraes where there is the highest concentration of shops and boutiques. Take a seat at a table in a botequim, which is the Portuguese term for bar or café. Watch the passing parade of people while you sip Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha. Note that prices in bars, cafés and restaurants in the Ipanema Beach area are higher than most other parts of Rio.

Ipanema Beach is about 30 minutes by taxi or bus from downtown Rio during normal traffic. Avoid renting a car if possible, as parking is hard to find and almost never free. If you must rent a car, read your hotel details carefully and see if parking is included. If you visit during peak times, make reservations early for either New Year’s Eve or Carnival, which is typically near the end of February.

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Top Hotels Close to Ipanema Beach

Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is CA $104 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 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! (639 reviews)
"We liked everything!"

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2021

Windsor Califórnia Hotel
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 Dec 15 to Dec 15
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (918 reviews)
"Great experience. Stayed 5 nights. Staff is polite, attentive, professional, friendly and very helpful. I stayed here as a solo female and felt very safe. Comfortable bed. Get the breakfast included option- it is yummy and has everything you’d want. They upgraded my room which was a nice surprise. ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2021

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $166 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vidigal Beach, Ipanema Beach, and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Avenida Atlantica is 3.1 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (899 reviews)
"FABULOUS"

Reviewed on Nov. 30, 2021

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Ipanema Beach

Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is CA $104 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
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 Dec 15 to Dec 15
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $166 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
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 CA $266 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
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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 $141 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Sol Ipanema Hotel
Sol Ipanema Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Vieira Souto 320, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $150 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Sol Ipanema Hotel
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Vieira Souto 80, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $492 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Rio Othon Palace
Rio Othon Palace
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 3264, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $119 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Rio Othon Palace
Own Ipanema Visconti
Own Ipanema Visconti
3.5 out of 5
Rua Prudente De Morais 1050, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $134 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Own Ipanema Visconti
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