Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (must see)

Copacabana Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. At more than three miles long, the white sand of Copacabana Beach is a popular spot for tourists and locals to bask in the sun, enjoy the warm water of the Atlantic Ocean or people watch.

Though the history of the region can be traced back hundreds of years, it was primarily a fishing village through the late 19th century. It wasn't until 1923, when the Copacabana Palace Hotel was constructed, that its destiny as a hot spot for tourist activity was sealed.

At the time that the hotel was built, Copacabana Beach was only a thin line of sand that hugged the Atlantic. Tourists mostly visited the region for nightlife and gambling. That changed in the 1970s when a landfill created the large expanse of beach that exists today.

The beach stretches from Leme Beach to the historic Fort Copacabana. It is accompanied by Avenida Atlantica and a promenade with a unique black-and-white wave pattern. Those walking along the promenade will find easy access to restaurants, snack stands and beach bars. They can also rent beach equipment like umbrellas and chairs.

Along with the sand, tourists can take advantage of outdoor art and historic monuments. The beach is home to statues like the statue of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, the statue of Dorival Caymmi and an army museum that is near Fort Copacabana.

Copacabana Beach is open 24-hours per day. It is policed, well-lit and has a steady lifeguard presence. It is also active with musicians, party-goers and beach lovers both day and night.

Why You Should Visit
- To see one of the world's top-rated beaches
- To experience a true beach party atmosphere
- To relax in the sun

Atlantica Avenue is closed along the beach on Sundays and holidays to allow pedestrians to have a safer and easier trip to the beach. However, this does make Sundays a more popular day for throngs of tourists to visit.

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Copacabana Beach on Map

Sight Name: Copacabana Beach
Sight Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (See walking tours in Rio de Janeiro)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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