Praia de Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

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A long stretch of warm sand, Praia de Ipanema is divided into segments by posts ("postos," as they’re known locally), which mark diverse lifestyles and interests of beachgoers from around the world. Posto 9 attracts visitors intent on spending the day leisurely relaxing on the sand, while Posto 10 draws sports lovers with ongoing volleyball, soccer, and footvolley games. Food kiosks stay open all day long, with beer and the traditional cachaça sold right on the water’s edge. Constant swells keep the water clean all year round, with a frequent strong undertow and oversized waves. Always be careful on this beach, and swim only where the locals do. Remember that on the weekends the sand does get very crowded, so go early to stake a good spot. Use our Rio de Janeiro visit planning website to arrange your visit to Praia de Ipanema and other attractions in Rio de Janeiro.
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  • Beach is lovely but abuts high end residential with few bars or restaurants. Saw a picture of the beautiful “girl from Ipanema”, yes she is a real person and still is lovely and appears with her daugh...  more »
  • Beautiful beach even on a cloudy windy day! A lot of activity from surfers, vendors, beer stands. I can only imagine what it looks like in the middle of summer!  more »
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  • This beach is amazing to watch people surf. The waves are pretty strong at times too. Lots of people around but you can always find somewhere to sit and before you can sit someone comes to you selling you an umbrella for 10 reals to gives you shade from the sun. Water is nice and clean. There are volley ball and football areas too.. lots of security around in case anything was to go wrong. Also some beautiful views atop the rocks.
  • My favourite between Copacabana and Ipanema, far more laid back vibe, beautiful sunsets, great swim, and I discovered an outdoor gym at the Copacabana end of this beach. Also has phenomenal views of both sugar loaf mountain and Christ the Redeemer from the rock at the far end of the beach alongside Fort Copacabana
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