Copacabana Beach

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Copacabana Beach featuring a sunset, a sandy beach and general coastal views

More than just a stretch of sand, Rio de Janeiro’s most famous beach is where locals and visitors from all over the world come to relax, strut, pose and play.

Gleaming hotels and forested hills line the perfectly curved 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) stretch of Copacabana Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world. Abutting one of Brazil’s highest density residential areas, this beach is nearly always filled to capacity, but that’s part of its charm. Swim in the cool waters of the Atlantic amongst thousands of other visitors, join in a game of soccer on the sand or just sit back on a beach chair and order snacks from a beach vendor and watch the passing parade.

Start your visit by touring the whole length of Copacabana Beach. A wide promenade lines the entire stretch. Walk, jog or cycle along the path while taking in everything the beach has to offer. Halfway along the promenade, see the Belmond Copacabana Palace, a five-star hotel built in 1923 in art deco style.

Copacabana Beach is a hive of constant activity with Rio de Janeiro residents enjoying sports on the sand. Watch a game of soccer, which is Brazil’s most popular sport, or join in a game of beach volleyball. The beach also has several weight-lifting areas, where locals come to tan and show off their muscles. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent along the beach if you’d rather just relax.

Go to the southwestern tip of the beach to find Copacabana Fort, which is spread out along a rocky spit. Copacabana Fort was completed in 1914 and was retired as a defensive fortification in 1987. It’s now home to the Army Historical Museum where cannons and some other military equipment are on display. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and there is a fee to enter.

The most exciting time to visit Copacabana Beach is on New Year’s Eve, when the beach is blanketed with over 2 million visitors who come to watch the world-famous fireworks show. Join the chaos on the sand, or reserve a room at a beachfront hotel for a more private vantage point.

Copacabana Beach is easy to get to from the city center via the metro or a bus. Parking can be difficult to find in the area, so public transportation is your best option for reaching the beach.

Top Trending Hotels Near Copacabana Beach

Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is £77 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Copacabana Beach and Copacabana Fort. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Parque Henrique Lage are also ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (691 reviews)
"The hotel is very nice and clean. The breakfast is really good. The pool is cery small and no convenient at all."

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2022

Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £104 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (908 reviews)
"I loved everything about this hotel. Even the pizza by room service was extra good. Totally recommended."

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2022

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £99 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Museum of Modern ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (926 reviews)
"Everyone was very friendly, delightful and helpful. I had an excellent experience."

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2022

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Américas Copacabana Hotel
Américas Copacabana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Barata Ribeiro 550, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £44 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Américas Copacabana Hotel
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £104 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
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Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is £77 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb
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Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £99 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £297 per night from 15 Feb to 16 Feb
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Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlântica, 4240 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £166 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
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Pestana Rio Atlantica
Pestana Rio Atlantica
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 2964, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £74 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
Pestana Rio Atlantica
Rio Othon Palace
Rio Othon Palace
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 3264, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £90 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
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JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2600 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £115 per night from 12 Feb to 13 Feb
JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
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