The Most Romantic Things to Do in Sultry Rio de Janeiro



With a stunning natural landscape, year-round tropical sunshine, vibrant musical scene and seemingly endless beaches, Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's great romantic cities.

Whether you're flying down to to Rio for Valentine's Day; looking for a romantic getaway, or  even  heading to Rio in the hope of romancing one of the famously good looking locals, rest assured that Rio offers no end of opportunity to create truly memorable romantic moments.

Couples looking for a  romantic vibe in Rio shouldn't shy away from the the tourist trail in Rio - taking the cable car ride up Sugar Loaf mountain or the funicular railway up to see the Christ Statue atop Corcovado is a romantic treat that the inevitable crowds won't spoil. The beaches, too, bustle with people year-round, but that won't make sipping a caipirinha on the sands any less special. Be sure to catch the spectacular sunset at Arpoador - the point where Ipanema meets Copacabana, and where a rock jutting out into the ocean is the ideal place to see the sun dip over city and the ocean.

Couples looking to escape the crowds can look to the city's scenic parks such as the lovely Parque Lage, or make a mid-week escape to lesser-known beaches such as Praia do Recreio.

Couples with time to spare should be sure to take a trip down the beautiful Costa Verde, to discover the pristine beaches and paradise islands that lie outside the city.



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While Copacabana wins out as the most picture-perfect city beach in Rio, Ipanema is easily the more chic of the two neighboring stretches of sand. Less flanked by high rise hotels than its neighbor, Ipanema is the ideal place to while away...  Read More


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Costa Verde
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Rio de Janeiro´s city beaches are famous the world over, and with good reason. But if you´ve been partying hard during your Rio vacation and are feeling the need for a little rest and relaxation in more tranquil surrounds, the Costa Verde...  Read More


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Some 40-minutes bus or cab ride away from Ipanema and Copacabana, this scenic beach is a popular hangout for surfers and body boarders. Although packed at weekends and on public holidays, it is usually blissfully quiet during the week. The...  Read More


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This beautiful park, located right next door to Rio de Janeiro's famous Botanical Gardens, is largely overlooked by tourists. More fool them, as the park is home to one of the most spectacular builldings in the city, framed by the figure of...  Read More


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Santa Teresa
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There's more to Rio de Janeiro than its beaches, and the artistic heart of the city can be found up in the jungle-clad hills of Santa Teresa. Here, pastel-colored colonial mansions have been converted into bucolic bars, friendly guest houses,...  Read More


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Sugar Loaf (Pao de Acucar)
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One of the most famous mountain peaks in the world, Sugar Loaf scarcely needs an introduction. But while you may be familiar with the tourist board images of the cable car making its dizzying ascent up to the top of the mountain, nothing can...  Read More


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No trip to Rio would be complete without a trip to see the art deco Cristo, and the views from the feet of this most iconic of statues are truly breathtaking. One of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World, the statue stands 38 meters tall atop...  Read More


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Along with the Christ Statue and the beaches, one of the most emblematic images of Rio de Janeiro is the bright yellow bonde - or tram - rattling over the Lapa Aqueduct and through the cobbled streets of Santa Teresa. Out of action for several...  Read More


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For a truly luxurious experience in Rio, it's hard to beat the spa at Copacabana Palace. This classic hotel added a five-star spa and beauty salon in 2007, and the treatments here are all about making those well-heeled guests feel like a million...  Read More


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Arpoador
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Located between the world famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Arpoador is not a beach whose name trips off the tongue as easily as those of its more famous neighbors, but this curve of sand is well worth your beach time. Really an...  Read More


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Meet Lucy Bryson

Lucy is a British freelance writer living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007. While there are some things she misses about her home country, the lure of year-round sunshine has proved too powerful to resist.

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