CopacabanaRio de Janeiro

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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.

Top hotels in Copacabana

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
NZ$297
per night
Jan 3 - Jan 4

Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Museum of Modern Art and Rio de Janeiro Botanical ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,279 reviews)

"Staff was fantastic, very helpfull and kind, hotel was very clean, need to improve parking facilities"…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2019

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
NZ$233
per night
Jan 14 - Jan 15

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,629 reviews)

"Great location. Spacious room with views over Copacabana Beach."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlântica, 1500, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
NZ$188
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Sugar Loaf Mountain, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Parque Henrique Lage and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,202 reviews)

"Room service Breakfast buffets Locations Cleanness Front desk"…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2019

PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2600 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
NZ$338
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22

Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana ...

4.3/5Excellent! (508 reviews)

"Everything people (staff) very friendly, cleanness and beautiful hotel. Great location."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2019

JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlântica, 4240 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
NZ$421
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

Located in Copacabana, this luxury hotel is steps away from Copacabana Fort, Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away. Ipanema-General ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)

"Excellent stay. Good staff Amazing view .............."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2019

Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
NZ$190
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Copacabana Beach and Copacabana Fort. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Parque Henrique ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (314 reviews)

"The service here was the best I have experienced anywhere. Great place, great location, great location. Incredible breakfast buffet."…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019

Windsor Califórnia Hotel

Popular things to do in Copacabana

Avenida Atlantica
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Avenida Atlantica

4/5(6 reviews)

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Copacabana Fort
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Copacabana Fort

4/5(4 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.

Copacabana Beach
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Copacabana Beach

4/5(22 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. 

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Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf
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Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf

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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

NZ$160

Visit the best of Rio in a single day: Christ the Redeemer by Train, Sugarloaf Mountain, Selarón Steps, Maracanã Stadium, Sambadrome, and Metropolitan Cathedral, and lunch at Brazilian steakhouse. Includes roundtrip transportation.

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

NZ$183

Spend a full day soaking up the sights of Rio de Janeiro during a city tour. Begin with a train ride to see the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain, followed by a panoramic (external) visit to the Maracanã stadium and additional stops at the Sambódromo (Sambadrome), the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Selarón Steps.

Brazilian Cooking Class
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Brazilian Cooking Class

NZ$130

Taste some of the most locally beloved Brazilian dishes and discover why so many food connoisseurs flock to Rio during a 4-hour traditional cooking class. Learn how to serve delicious Brazilian food with master chefs walking you through each step of the way—no experience necessary.

Rio De Janeiro: Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour
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Rio De Janeiro: Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour

NZ$92

Take off through one of Rio’s most cherished neighborhoods—Santa Teresa. Part walking, part public-transporting, this morning tour combs through an eclectic assortment of sights, ranging from the area’s quaint, cobblestone side streets, to charming parks and convents.

Rio de Janeiro Tailor-Made (Guide at Disposal)
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Rio de Janeiro Tailor-Made (Guide at Disposal)

NZ$148

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Rio Tours, Rua Ministro Vivieros de Castro 32 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021-010 Brazil If you are an explorer type person this is the ideal experience for you.

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Ipanema
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