Pedra do Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro

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Take an evening walk to Pedra do Arpoador to see a spectacular change of colors as the sun sets over the calm ocean. This part of the coast is noted for being one of the finest urban surfing spots in the country, with a rock outcrop famous for creating breakers up to 3 m (10 ft) high. Keep in mind that because of its metropolitan location, the beach does get extremely crowded with very competitive surfers. Strong riptides allow a very small take-off point, so only locals and visiting experts have a real shot at surfing here. Casual tourist can enjoy views of the beach from a long seaside pathway, which is dotted with small alfresco cafés, where you sit down for a relaxing meal at sunset. A visit to Pedra do Arpoador represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Rio de Janeiro trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This beach is not very crowded. Small in comparison to its length with Copacabana. It has very intense and strong waves, it is fun if you like to play in the waves. I would not recommend it for...  more »
  • Arpoador has 2 sides before to reach a small peninsula which is a rocky hill. It certainly has the most beautiful sunset in town. The north beach with its wild waves is the paradise for surfers. The.....  more »
  • The beach is really nice and there's a lot of possibilities to surf here. I don't surf but it looked like it was for beginners who wants to learn how to surf.  more »
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  • Such a good place to sit down and whatch the sea. Be by yourself or with friends. Has a good view of Ipanema, Copacabana and other nearby famous places. On a cloudy day it's easy to find a nice spot because it will have less people. P.S.: there are no places to discard trash in the stone, so please bring a bag with you and dispose things properly on your way out.
  • Great spot for a swim. Stony hills on the left hand side and view of Rock faces on the right. Water is a bit chilly but definitely worth jumping in. There is no shower right there but if you walk up towards ipanema there is a shower. Lots of street food in the area and a market/Court of street food near the place. Make sure to walk around the rocks and take pics. There are also buskers and a workout area near the rocks.
  • This place is right between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The most attractive thing to do is to find a perfect place to wait for enjoying the sunset. Try to be there early because a lot of people have want to do the same and the place could be crowded in high season.
  • We walked over from our hotel and it was a nice walk, always wear some sunscreen! We picked up trash as our thanks to the locals and other tourist, then enjoyed the surf and body boarding. We left just before sunset as we know it can become very crowded. I do recommend staying for the sunset at least 1 time but we had a rooftop hotel that we enjoyed the sunset at.
  • There are some amazing places for the sunset around Rio de Janeiro. But arpoador is a premium one. Get there one hour before the sunset time, grab a beer or three, choose a spot and just relax. Even though it gets very crowded, the experience is still unique. On clear days, minutes before setting, the sun reflects on the Leblon buildings, doubling the experience.

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