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. Before you head to Rio de Janeiro, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rio de Janeiro itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Rio de Janeiro has to offer, including Pedra do Arpoador.
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  • Great to visit in the evening, to see people practicing sports, sit back and enjoy the view and the breeze, enjoy the sunset. Beautiful. Pity that people throw trash on the floor.
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  • Without doubt is one of the most beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro, be careful for the punks and thieves are everywhere. Climb on the arpoador rock to admire the view. More tips and photos on Instagram @pauloizidoro
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  • Right here with a day of clouds don't let go to arpoador view the wonderful sunset sit on the rocks and apercie
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  • Great escape from the city hustle which lies between Ipanema and Copacabanna..where you can view the beach stretch from Leblon to Leme..and also watch the sunset if you have the time..
  • You got to check this place out when around the area. The landscape is magnificent! Climb up the rock (~2 minutes to the top) and take some awesome pics. (Just check policemen presence nearby before handling any expensive gear here. If there is, you're alright)
  • Beautiful to see Rio and the "Zona Sul" beaches (Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon) Sometimes it is a little dirty.
  • Fantastic place to view the sunset on the beach, great for pictures too. Highly recommended
  • my favourite place in rj.... Beautiful view, amazing sunset