Cruise ships calling at Rio de Janeiro will dock at the city's down town port zone, an area that is at the heart of a major urban regeneration project ahead of the 2016 Olympics. While the city's docks are very much 'up and coming', the area remains a little run down and seedy in some parts, and there are few interesting shopping options in the immediate vicinity of the cruise port.
Luckily, the central location means that many of Rio's most desirable destinations for shoppers are within relatively easy reach. Very close by, the business district that is Centro is just a 10-minute walk or a few minutes' cab ride away, and offers the opporthe tunity for bagging bargain beachwear and accessories at Saara, where it is also possible to visit a whole store devoted entirely to fun, funky Havaianas flip flops, and to pick up low-cost cameras and phones. The year-round tropial heat means that formal clothing in Rio rarely extends beyond smart jeans and shoes or trainers for guys and a dress with heels for the girls - all of which can be picked up at the RioSul Shopping - the closest mall to Rio de Janeiro Cruise port, this large mall lies some 15 minutes' cab ride away in Botafogo, and offers everything from the carioca take on evening wear to bikinis - BumBum offers some seriously sexy styles for those who want to cut a dash on the beach.
For something a little more interesting, take a cab ride up the hill to nearby Santa Teresa, where the steep cobbled streets are lined with crafts stores and vintage clothing boutiques.
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