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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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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  • We stayed half block from the beach close to posta 10, so we have the chance to spend a lot of time on the beach. the beach was safe clean and we were lucky had great weather during the first days of ...  more »
  • lots of activities- beach volley ball, very clean, nice market near by. very central and short walk to good bars in Lappa  more »
  • We spent a day on this beach and it was a lot cleaner and quieter than Copacabana. Sunset here was also a real treat with locals playing kick-ball as the sky turns pink. Great place to stay around as ...  more »