Copacabana Beach of Brazil, named after the superb Copacabana Palace which was built in 1923 and to this day is just as prestigious, is the most popular beach in this beautiful country. Located in Rio de Janeiro, lined with luxury hotels, nightclubs, restaurants this beach is filled with young bodies thirsting for fun in the sun!
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The total length of Copacabana Beach is 4 Km. long (2.5 Miles).
and is probably best known for its New Year's Eve celebrations. Every year thousands line the beach to watch superb fireworks to welcome the new year. Most people will wear white and party till early morning and watch the sunrise!
In 1994, for New Year's Eve, Rod Stewart played the concert with the largest crowd ever with 3.5 million people attending the concert on Copa Beach! Other major concerts played on this beach were those of The Rolling Stones with 1.3 million fans, Lenny Kravits with 400,000 fans!
Copa Beach has also been the official venue of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for a number of years!
This is by far the most popular beach sport played on Copacabana Beach! Brazilians love their soccer in any form!
They have been champions of the FIFA World cup five times!
They have been champions of the South American Championship an amazing 8 times!
On Sundays the main roads by the beach are closed for shopping! You will find vendors of every sort selling their wares along the beach!
A small fishing village is located at Postos 6 where you may purchase fresh fish from the local fishermen.
Copa Beach is not known for its surfing. Other less crowded beaches may provide a better venue for surfing enthusiasts.
Lifeguard stations appear along the beach. These are generally staffed between the hours of 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (this may change depending on the season).
Caution is required as with most ocean beaches for riptides, undercurrents, larger waves and some drop-offs. Know your limits and watch your children carefully.
A main road is between Copacabana Beach and these hotels.
They are not directly on the beach.
• The Copacabana Palace •
Built in 1923, is the most luxurious and best known hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Definitely rated as a 5 star Hotel.
Made popular when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' danced together in the movie Flying Down to Rio, the hotel has been "the" place for the rich and famous to stay when visiting Rio de Janeiro and Copacabana Beach.
• Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel •
Rated as a 4 star hotel, this is an extremely well rated hotel along Copa Beach. Guests rave about the service!
It was rated #1 Hotel in Rio de Janeiro from trip advisor U.K..
A rooftop pool offers great views of Copacabana Beach!
• Sofitel Rio de Janeiro •
Ranked as a 4 1/2 star hotel.
Considered one of the most prestigious Rio de Janeiro hotels.
Well located at the southern part of Copacabana Beach near the old Copacabana Fort.
It is also close to Ipanema Beach!
Two great Rio de Janeiro beaches for the price of one!!
• JW Marriot Hotel Rio de Janeiro •
Ranked as a 4 1/2 star Hotel.
This great hotel has received numerous awards and is located across the street of Copacabana Beach!
It has great reviews as one can expect from JW Mariot however a few guests have voiced opinions regarding the atrium view rooms.
You may love them so we would suggest to ensure you get the room you really want!
• Ride the glass-paneled cable car and visit
Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)!
• Visit Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). This statue is what the statue of liberty is to the United States and the Eiffel Tower is to France.
• Visit Lapa Arches (Arcos da Lapa). Beautiful architecture with rich history of Rio!
• Visit Tijuca National Park! The world's largest urban forest!
• Visit Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden! (Jardim Botanico). This is a horticulturists dream with over 900 species of palm trees and thousands of other tropical and subtropical plants and trees!
Here are more great great things to do while on your Rio de Janeiro vacation!