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 trip planner , to make sure you see all that Rio de Janeiro has to offer, including Pedra do Arpoador.
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  • Arpoador beach is one of the beaches but beautiful to visit on the South side of the river. The stone of Arpoador offers an unforgettable sunset. It's a nice place to spend the evening with family, friends or a girlfriend.
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  • In addition to being a very beautiful beach, is a great place for walking, riding, bathing in the sea, fishing and especially enjoy the sunset! Must-see in Rio!
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  • Beautiful place to take pictures and take a shower, have the entire structure of bathroom, bar, food is worth the view, and the best ... free!
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  • My first contact with the Ocean. Endless beach. Take as less things as possible. For your own safety. Lot of surfers gives special atmosphere to whole place.
  • This place is great! Locals mix with Gringos hahaha. People hanging smoking maconha, dining, or drinking brews. Most prices are beach prices but hey it's the beach! Love hanging out here, watching the surfing and surfers learn. Plenty of places to go if you need surf lessons.
  • Dirty and smelly. Only worth a quick photo trip. I wouldn't want to sit or stay there! Disappointing when it looks so cool from a distance.
  • Incredible view of the Leblon and Ipanema beaches. Never my choice when I want to just GO to the beach but ALWAYS my choice when I want to jump from a not-so-dangerous and low rock. Beware of the tides and waves.
  • Great to watch the sunset and having a Coconut water there. Amazing! Good for surfing.

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