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Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana)
Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana)

Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana)

Avenue Atlantica, Rio de Janeiro

The Basics

Copacabana’s roughly 2.2-mile (4-km) stretch along Brazil's Atlantic coast is divided into seven informal sections, or postos. Although visitors are free to wander wherever they please on the beach, those looking for a particular vibe may want to get a lay of the land: Postos two through six draw the largest crowds thanks to landmarks such as Copacabana Palace, and posto seven is the best surf spot from dawn till dusk—thanks, in part, to a floodlight. Stretch your legs with a stroll along the boardwalk and Avenida Atlantica or a jaunt to the many beachfront shops, or incorporate Copacabana Beach into a full Rio de Janeiro tour for a quick look at the city’s top sights. Guided tours often combine trips to Copacabana with visits to nearby sites such as the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf, and downtown Rio.

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Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach - From Cruise Terminal
Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach - From Cruise Terminal
star-4.5
$87.01 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great day in Rio
Our tour was incredible. Our guide was wonderful and made our day very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this tour.
Charles_A, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Rio de Janeiro

star-5
Go where you never thought you would.
Brendan_A, Mar 2020
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
This is a chance to experience the beach, favella, and hike to wonderful views. Fantastic experience. The bike ride is either a 7 minute thrill or nerve racking madness. Now you know.
star-5
Excursion to Christ ther Redeemer, Sugar Loaf
Jacqueline_S, Mar 2020
Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach - From Cruise Terminal
This trip was very good. Convenient to be picked up at the cruise terminal. We used Viator for three excursions. Would recommend them. Awesome sights and worth the visit.
star-4
Bad start, good finish.
Brian_C, Mar 2020
Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach - From Cruise Terminal
A bad start when kept standing around for an hour waiting for another couple off another ship. Eventually we went without them which was just as well as unless they were stick insects we would not have fitted in the car! Thereafter a great tour with a good guide (Newton). Sugar Loaf plus Redeemer with Brazilian BBQ in between. Excellent.
star-5
Christ the redeemer
Jennifer_C, Mar 2020
Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach - from Cruise Terminal Pier Mauá
Our pick up at the cruise terminal was well organised though we had a bit of a wait to get going. The tour guide was excellent & very knowledgable. We were there before the crowds & left again before it got too crowded. Overall a very enjoyable tour.
star-5
Rio
Brian_H, Mar 2020
Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach - From Cruise Terminal
Excellent tour covering all that was stated. Monica, our guide, was very professional, spoke good English, and was very helpful. She even advised of other sites worth visiting whilst in Rio. She was excellent.
star-5
Great day out
sarcher56, Nov 2019
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
The bike ride was lovely, and the motorbike taxi was thrilling. Wouldn't say the hike was easy but we were doing it 40+temperature, but the veiw from the top makes it worth the climb. Jacqueline the guide was a great guide.
star-5
Loved it
Brian_M, Mar 2020
Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach - From Cruise Terminal
Pedro was our tour guide and was very helpful and organised and excellent. The itinerary was good and the excursion included lunch which was excellent. All in all a lovely day.
star-5
Great Tour of Rio
Roy_C, Mar 2020
Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach - From Cruise Terminal
Excellent guide who was very informative and spoke excellent English. Overall, this is a worthwhile tour of the key sights in Rio.
star-5
This is a must while in Rio
Michael_M, Jun 2019
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
This was an amazing excursion. The bike ride was very peaceful and just the right amount of time. The moto taxi was better than I expected especially since I have only been on a motorcycle once. The hike was fun and we even got up close and personal with some monkeys. The views from the top were breath taking. But my tour guide was the absolute best part of the trip. She was very knowledgeable and a great conversationalist.
star-5
Very good
Rebeca_O, Mar 2020
Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach - From Cruise Terminal
The guide was excellent. The places were beautiful The tour very good organized. Thank you. Food was good. We enjoyed. We will recomend you
star-5
Christ the redeemer and sugarloaf mountain
Jammer, Mar 2020
Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach - From Cruise Terminal
Directions for pick at the port was not precise enough l, luckily the locals were very helpful. Our guide Vanessa was very knowledgeable and gave information. Definitely recommend Viator
star-5
A Rio Must-Do!!
Liezl_G, Jan 2019
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
Views unlike any other touristy-place, a thoroughly enjoyable and easy hike, plus exciting bicycling and biking experiences to boot! Best of all was a superb guide, Jacqueline, who took the tour from great to excellent!! I would do this again and again every time I visit Rio. Anyone who is able to should do this tour! Amazing!!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • No matter where you park in the sand, bring plenty of sun protection and leave your valuables at home—cheap snacks and drinks will get you through the day without too much cash outlay. Vendors hawk everything from cold drinks and snacks to reasonably priced towels and souvenirs.

  • Look left for views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the historical Fort Duque de Caxias, and catch sight of Copacabana Fort and Two Brothers Hill to the right.

  • Leme occupies the span between postos one and two, and posto eight marks the transition to Ipanema Beach, popular among locals.

  • Although Copacabana is lit up at night, it’s still wise to avoid walking along the beach after sunset.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to get to and from Copacabana Beach is in a yellow taxi, which is also an economical option. There are three metro stations a few blocks north of the beach, and numerous city buses stop in the vicinity. Myriad city tours, both group and private, also stop on Copacabana’s sands.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

The beach is open and crowded year-round, but plan your visit during Rio’s warm season—December to March—to enjoy the water. Weekends are busier than weekdays, and Sunday is a popular time to visit because part of Avenida Atlantica is closed to cars. Keep your eye out for various volleyball, soccer, and other sporting events taking place on the beach throughout the year.

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Sports on Copacabana Beach

Volleyball nets, soccer courts, and other sports equipment facilitate physical activity all along the beachfront. Copacabana’s sands are also popular training grounds for those practicing capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music with Angolan tradition for a graceful, fluid, and powerful form of movement.

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