Praia de Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

4.6
#2 of 4,723 in Outdoors in Brazil
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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  • The first place to go in rio. Beautiful beach, beautiful people relax with some drinks and food from a kiosk or grab a chair and umbrella either way you can spend hours on this beach. When you done sp...  more »
  • We are now moving down the coast and will do sight seeing tours from our next hotel as part of a planned tour  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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