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CopacabanaRio de Janeiro

Mingle with the local residents on one of the world’s most famous beaches, admire art deco buildings and party until dawn in this effervescent neighborhood.

Copacabana epitomizes Río’s trademark image of beach, jungle-covered mountains and sun-kissed bodies. Also known as the Princesinha do Mar (Princess of the Sea), Copacabana buzzes with energetic activity around the clock. Relax with the city’s beautiful people on the sweeping beach, dabble in watersports, dance all night at clubs and visit historic landmarks.

The centerpiece attraction is the 2.5-mile-long (4-kilometer) Copacabana Beach. On its golden sands practice capoeira martial arts, sunbathe, swim and play beach soccer or volleyball. Try surfing and stand-up paddleboarding or relax beneath the shade of a rented umbrella. Look north toward Sugarloaf Mountain and see forested hills rise above art nouveau and neoclassical edifices.

The mosaicked esplanade of Copacabana Boardwalk borders the beach and entices dog-walkers, joggers and skaters. Enjoy some people-watching. Stop at a quiosque (beach bar) for a cold beer or freshly squeezed fruit juice. Feast on salgadinhos, fried dough balls stuffed with cheese, meat, seafood or vegetables.

In the neighborhood’s southwestern corner is Copacabana Fort. Used as a military fort from 1914 to 1987, it now houses the Army Historical Museum, which has no admission fee. Leave the coast and wander the streets of Barrio Peixoto, a sleepy district of art deco houses. In Edmundo Bittencourt Square older residents play chess and children explore a playground. It seems a million miles from the energetic beachside area.

Copacabana’s commercial streets are a dreamland for shoppers. Art galleries, boutiques, department stores and surf shops spread along Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana and Rua Barata Ribeiro. Experience the boisterous atmosphere of a boteco (pub) and dine at an espeto corrido (all-you-can-eat grill). After dark, hop between the brewpubs, cocktail lounges, live music venues and samba clubs.

Reach Copacabana easily from all parts of the city via public buses and the metro. Sundays are fun, when beachfront Avenida Atlântica becomes pedestrian-only and fills with artisans and street performers. Come for New Year’s Eve and be part of the huge and flamboyant open-air beach party.


Popular places to visit in Copacabana

Copacabana Beach
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Copacabana Beach

4.5/5(96 reviews)

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. 

Avenida Atlantica
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Avenida Atlantica

4/5(30 reviews)

Golden sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, walking paths and some of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular neighborhoods surround this bustling seaside avenue.

Copacabana Fort
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Copacabana Fort

4/5(14 reviews)

Visit this historic fort at the south end of Copacabana Beach to learn about Brazil’s military history through many fascinating displays and artifacts.

Top things to do in Copacabana

Full Day in Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with BBQ
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Full Day in Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with BBQ

CA $106
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Tijuca National Park Rainforest Jeep Adventure with Hike
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Tijuca National Park Rainforest Jeep Adventure with Hike

CA $106
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip with Schooner Cruise
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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip with Schooner Cruise

CA $127
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Full-Day in Rio Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, City Tour & BBQ
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Full-Day in Rio Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, City Tour & BBQ

CA $121
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Brazilian Cooking Class
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Brazilian Cooking Class

CA $133
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Trip - Christ, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with lunch and tickets
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Trip - Christ, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with lunch and tickets

CA $100
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Top Hotels in Copacabana

Hotel Atlântico Rio
Hotel Atlântico Rio
3.5 out of 5
Rua Xavier da Silveira, 112, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $31 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rua Barata Ribeiro and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (664 reviews)

"o hotel é ótimo, porém o terraço é super pequeno o que deixa a desejar"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2020

Hotel Atlântico Rio
Hotel Astoria Palace
Hotel Astoria Palace
4 out of 5
Av. Atlantica 1866, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $51 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (898 reviews)
ery good

"Very good"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 14, 2020

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 $69 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Praia do Leme and Chacrinha State ...

4.4/5Excellent! (982 reviews)

"Great job. They love what they do and so do I. I will go back"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 22, 2020

Arena Copacabana Hotel
B&B Hotels RJ Copacabana Forte
B&B Hotels RJ Copacabana Forte
3.5 out of 5
Rua Francisco Otaviano 38, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $39 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dorival Caymmi Statue and Ipanema Beach. Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica are also within ...

3.9/5Very Good! (241 reviews)
Copacabana cute hotel

"Excellent location, very good service and breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2020

B&B Hotels RJ Copacabana Forte
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $127 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 19

Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Fort and Arpoador Beach are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (989 reviews)

"The service was excellent. They were very responsive with our requests."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2020

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Pestana Rio Atlantica
Pestana Rio Atlantica
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 2964, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $89 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Fort and Arpoador ...

3.7/5Good! (767 reviews)

"I loved the features of the room and the rooftop pool and bar."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 9, 2020

Pestana Rio Atlantica
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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Ipanema
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