Praia de Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

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A long stretch of warm sand, Praia de Ipanema is divided into segments by posts ("postos," as they’re known locally), which mark diverse lifestyles and interests of beachgoers from around the world. Posto 9 attracts visitors intent on spending the day leisurely relaxing on the sand, while Posto 10 draws sports lovers with ongoing volleyball, soccer, and footvolley games. Food kiosks stay open all day long, with beer and the traditional cachaça sold right on the water’s edge. Constant swells keep the water clean all year round, with a frequent strong undertow and oversized waves. Always be careful on this beach, and swim only where the locals do. Remember that on the weekends the sand does get very crowded, so go early to stake a good spot. Plan to see Praia de Ipanema and other attractions that appeal to you using our Rio de Janeiro vacation route planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    During low season the beach isn't crowded at all. I prefered the smaller beaches to the west (Vidigal, Soa Conrado) more for spending a complete day sunning and swimming, but I had some lovely late ni...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The beach is beautiful, has an incredible view but, as everywhere in the river can be dangerous. I've witnessed trawlers. Could happen? Can! But it could also be that nothing happens. Worth visiting. Wait for the sunset.
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  • August 15, 2017
    It's a nice beach to go with the family... very relaxed, less people than in Copacabana, we had rainy day... There are activities by air and by sea...
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Accommodations in Rio de Janeiro cover as diverse a spectrum as the city itself. At the top end, you can find plenty of luxury hotels along the beaches of Zona Sul, the city's southern zone, which includes the renowned Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. For something to suit a budget, but with good beach access, look around the less crowded neighborhoods of Catele and Flamengo. If you want to stay as centrally as possible, without feeling like you're in a business district, look for lodgings in the colorful, bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
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