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Ever visit Brazil? One of the best first trips you can take to this country is to Rio de Janeiro where you can eat at churrascarias into the night, drink caipirinhas in the sun, and walk the beach towns enjoying life with the locals.
Wherever you may stay in Rio, be sure to check out Ipanema Beach.
Located next door to Copacabana Beach, one can get there on foot or take a short taxi ride. When I visited Brazil recently, I stayed in Copacabana Beach at the Oceano Copacabana Hotel. My hotel was about mid-way in the area therefore I can go south or north to see plenty. On my last day there, I decided to do the walk to Ipanema.
Where is Ipanema?
Ipanema Beach is south of Copacabana Beach and about a 45 minute drive from the airport. Separated by the Parque Garota de Ipanema, you can easily walk the streets to enter the beach town without crossing any bridges or highways.
What is There to Do?
When you are in Ipanema, stay at one of the trendy hotels facing the ocean. This beach is much more relaxed than Copacabana. More families and more surfers flock here for the waters are more choppy, there is always a swell, and it is perfect for activities that require wind.
You will not see beach bars or loud restaurants on the boardwalk here. The boardwalk is quiet, lined with trees, and locals here and there selling goods. One of my favorite items to buy were sarongs which you can negotiate a good deal for. These were bought for $50 for both!
Towards the south end, you will notice the Two Brothers mountains, also known as Dois Irmaos. Snap a few photos with their scenic standing. Hop down into the sand and go for a dip. Stroll the beach for the entire 4 kilometers which will feel like a workout by the time you are done!
For activity, join a volleyball, football or footvolley game. Afterwards, hit up one of the many bars and wine lounges which line the streets. Beach kiosks offer beverages and small bites such as sardines. There are many health conscious juice shacks as well and a favorite to try is the acai – a “power berry” from the Amazon.
Head inland for boutiques and shopping at elegant stores. Ipanema is much more a residential neighborhood than it is filled with hotels. Sightseeing is free and many of the homes are beautiful for what they are.
From Airport: 45 minutes driving
Hotels: Oceanfront from $45-$200 per night
Have you visited Ipanema?