A view of Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from its southern terminus, looking north (Ipanema Beach is behind us, to the south, around the corner)
Copacabana (a waterfront neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has one of the most famous beaches in the world. This Atlantic Ocean-facing, 2.5 mile (4 km) beach is busy with round-the-clock activity (although tourists are advised to be very careful after dusk). Visitors admire jungle-clad mountain scenery, viewing Copacabana Fort in the distance, and bicycling or walking along the beach-front promenade. Both tourists and locals sip caipirinhas (the national drink of Brazil, traditionally made with limes) and dine on seafood or tapas at sidewalk cafés dotting the neighborhood’s streets.
Across the main street from the promenade, Copacabana is lined with high-rise hotels and condominiums
The Copacabana Palace (Hotel) is the highest rated hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; we had an excellent lunch in their casual restaurant, Pergola, by the swimming pool
The promenade is dotted with drink and food stands for refreshments, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The owners of the beach vending booths have installed generators to pump sea water up the beach to be sprayed from hoses in order to cool of the sand for patrons who will enter (or exit) the beach barefoot, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Relaxing on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Local transportation, Copacabana (Beach), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Several master sand carvers have created mini sand “masterpieces” representing the local scenes, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A local fishing boat, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Locally caught fish for sale at the southern end of Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sun, sand and water – relaxation time at Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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