One can never have a bad time in Copacabana Beach, Brazil. With over 2 miles of sand, beach bars, live music, and of course the Brazilian people – it has everything a busy beach city needs!
If you are visiting Copacabana Beach, here is how to experience it in the fullest way:
- Get a Caipirinha
Don’t miss out on Brazilian’s own famous cocktail – the caipirinha. It is subtle and soothing, especially in the hot sun. You can find them practically anywhere. Walk to any beach bar and you can choose the size of your cocktail. Closer to Ipanema you will spend only about 5 Brazilian Reals per drink. Get off the beach and go to a bar two blocks away from the water, and you can find even better prices.
2. Walk the Beach
Whether you are on the sand or the sidewalk, walk the length of Copacabana. You will enjoy many sights, get to pass beautiful hotels, and see lots of action along the way. Pass volleyball courts, live bands, dancing, and other events. As you near the north, snap shots of the beach behind you as you see it curving.
3. Visit a Rooftop
One of the best ways to experience Copacabana Beach is to go on a rooftop. Many hotels have these as well as rooftop bars. If you are not already staying in one, head out for a drink. Then take panoramic views of Copacabana and look out Sugarloaf Mountain for extra views from the top. My hotel was the Oceano Copacabana which had a two-floor roof with a pool and a hot tub. Drinks would be brought up to you when ordering with the waiter.
4. Eat at a Churrascaria
Brazilians know their meats and they know their beef the best. There are over a dozen churrascarias in Copacabana. Head to Bolivar street for many dining options. Order as much as you like and come hungry! You know the food will be flowing.
5. Visit the Belmond Copacabana Palace
Easily one of the nicest hotels in Copacabana, visit this hotel shaped like a palace. Outdoor and indoor dining is available for those who are not guests. Don’t be fooled – many hotels have the word “palace” in their names but Belmond truly looks like it.
6. Head South to the Fort
When you want to venture off in another direction, walk to the south end and visit Forte de Copacabana. There is a museum of the army on the way in and the grounds show the history of past battles. You will see many cannons outside. It is usually open until 6:30pm and entrance is only 6 Reals.
How have you spent your time in Copacabana?