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Copacabana beach is famous the world over, and while it's 1950s glamorous heyday is over, it is still a spectacular stretch of sand. The crashing waves, scantically-clad beachgoers and skilled beach... Read More
Copacabana beach is famous the world over, and while it's 1950s glamorous heyday is over, it is still a spectacular stretch of sand. The crashing waves, scantically-clad beachgoers and skilled beach soccer players all call the eye, while the vision of Sugar Loaf mountain in the background frames the scene perfectly. This is one of the best places in Rio to shop for keepsakes and gifts for friends and family back home - and you can do it all from the comfort of a beachfront bar. Vendors stroll along the beachfront, selling all manner of goods from replica christ statues (scaled down, of course) to hats, t-shirts and sarongs.
Praia de Copacabana
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- Things to Do with Kids, Best Attractions & Activities, Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing: "Give a polite but firm shake of the head to the many beach vendors if you don't want to buy their wares - some can be pushy if they think there's a chance of a sale."
- Beaches: "Petty thieves continue to be a problem on Copacabana beach, so don´t bring many valuables and never leave your belongings unattended."
- Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: At the eastern end of the beach, known as Leme, parents can rent paddling pools for their kids to splash in.
- Best for Beaches Because: Copacabana is arguably the most famous beach in the world, and the soft curve of white sand offers unlimited people-watching possibilities.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Rio de Janeiro is arguable the world's most famous beach, and is worth a visit for the people-watching alone.
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Copacabana beach attracts soccer players, volleyball enthusiasts, runners and other sporty types.
- Best for Sightseeing Because: Copacabana Beach is arguably the most famous stretch of sand in the world.