Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Beach are a paradise for people watching, sunbathing and socializing. On weekends the avenues along the beaches are closed to traffic and they become great long promenades of people dressed in every manner of attire–including uninhibited men and women dressed in tiny swimsuits. The atmosphere is mellow, respectful, playful and friendly with virtually no sign of the crime so often reported by the media. The beaches are miles long and accommodate tens of thousands of people; the crowds vary according to the weather.

Copacabana and Ipanema Beach Areas
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach looking south toward Pedra
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach looking south toward Pedra Dois Irmaos mountians; Ipanema is one of the most expensive places to live in Rio. At the forefront of the beach culture are the many surfers and sun worshippers who socialize daily at the beach.
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach looking south toward Pedra
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach looking south toward Pedra Dois Irmaos mountians; The 'beach culture' includes many surfers and sun worshipers who socialize daily at the beach. The section with the rainbow flags is the gay section.
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach looking south toward Pedra
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach looking south toward Pedra Dois Irmaos mountians; The 'beach culture' includes many surfers and sun worshipers who socialize daily at the beach. The section with the rainbow flags is the gay section.
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach aid station and restrooms
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach aid station and restrooms
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach looking north toward Copacabana
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach looking north toward Copacabana Beach; The 'beach culture' includes many surfers and sun worshipers who socialize daily at the beach. The section with the rainbow flags is the gay section.
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach volleyball player cooling off
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach volleyball player cooling off
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach' Just another boring day at
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach' Just another boring day at the beach!
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach sun guy
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach sun guy
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach  The 'beach culture' includes
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach The 'beach culture' includes volleyball players who socialize daily at the beach.
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach chaise attendant
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach chaise attendant
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach  The 'beach culture' includes
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach The 'beach culture' includes volleyball players who socialize daily at the beach.
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach; gay section
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach; gay section
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach  Souvenir towels for sale
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach Souvenir towels for sale
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach  paddle boarders along the
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach paddle boarders along the beach
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach is famous for its
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach is famous for its high-quality beef
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach is famous for its
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach is famous for its high-quality beef (worth repeating!)
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach is famous for its
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach is famous for its high-quality beef of all stripes
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach is famous for its
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach is famous for its high-quality beef of all stripes
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach is famous for its
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach is famous for its high-quality beef of all stripes and ages
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach; every Sunday, the roadway
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach; every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed to motor vehicles and local residents and tourists use the opportunity to ride bikes, roller skate, skateboard, and walk along the ocean.
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach; every Sunday, the roadway
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach; every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed to motor vehicles and local residents and tourists use the opportunity to ride bikes, roller skate, skateboard, and walk along the ocean.
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach; every Sunday, the roadway
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema Beach; every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed to motor vehicles and local residents and tourists use the opportunity to ride bikes, roller skate, skateboard, and walk along the ocean.
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema central with shops and apartments
Brazil - Rio - Ipanema central with shops and apartments
Every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed
Every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed to motor vehicles and local residents and tourists use the opportunity to ride bikes, roller skate, skateboard, and walk along the ocean.
Every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed
Every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed to motor vehicles and local residents and tourists use the opportunity to ride bikes, roller skate, skateboard, and walk along the ocean.
Brazil - Ipanema Beach; Every Sunday, the roadway closest to
Brazil - Ipanema Beach; Every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed to motor vehicles and local residents and tourists use the opportunity jog and show off their bodies.
Brazil - Ipanema Beach; Every Sunday, the roadway closest to
Brazil - Ipanema Beach; Every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed to motor vehicles and local residents dress accordingly.
Brazil - Ipanema Beach; Every Sunday, the roadway closest to
Brazil - Ipanema Beach; Every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed to motor vehicles and local residents and tourists use the opportunity jog and show off their bodies.
Brazil - Ipanema hosts the Fairy Market every Sunday a
Brazil - Ipanema hosts the Fairy Market every Sunday a few blocks from the beach
Brazil - Ipanema hosts the Fairy Market every Sunday a
Brazil - Ipanema hosts the Fairy Market every Sunday a few blocks from the beach
Brazil - Ipanema hosts the Fairy Market every Sunday a
Brazil - Ipanema hosts the Fairy Market every Sunday a few blocks from the beach
Brazil - Ipanema hosts the Fairy Market every Sunday a
Brazil - Ipanema hosts the Fairy Market every Sunday a few blocks from the beach
Brazil - Ipanema hosts the Fairy Market every Sunday a
Brazil - Ipanema hosts the Fairy Market every Sunday a few blocks from the beach, including these lesbian vendors
Brazil - Ipanema; the Fairy Market sports all kinds of
Brazil - Ipanema; the Fairy Market sports all kinds of outfits
Brazil - Ipanema; the Fairy Market sports all kinds of
Brazil - Ipanema; the Fairy Market sports all kinds of outfits
Brazil - Ipanema; the Fairy Market art detail
Brazil - Ipanema; the Fairy Market art detail
Brazil - Ipanema; the Fairy Market ethnic food stall
Brazil - Ipanema; the Fairy Market ethnic food stall
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach is north of Ipenema
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach is north of Ipenema Beach, in another long sweeping cove. It's known for its 4 km beach which is one of the most famous in the world. This photo shows that the beaches are not always busy such as on cloudy days.
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach  Land, sea, island and
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach Land, sea, island and ship
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach  The lone 'survivor' from
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach The lone 'survivor' from the day before
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach  The 'beach culture' includes
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach The 'beach culture' includes people who should not wear bikinis
Brazil - Copacabana Beach is sometimes not well cared for
Brazil - Copacabana Beach is sometimes not well cared for
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach; decorative sidewalk. More than
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach; decorative sidewalk. More than 40 different bus routes serve Copacabana, as do four subway Metro stations.
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach;  looking from the beach
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana Beach; looking from the beach to the rows of high-rise residential towers
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana has many clubs and discos
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana has many clubs and discos and cafes
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana; baked crab pastry
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana; baked crab pastry
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana; street entertainer
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana; street entertainer
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana street corner
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana street corner
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana street corner
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana street corner
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana has hundreds of mom-and-pop grocery
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana has hundreds of mom-and-pop grocery shops
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana also has trash collections
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana also has trash collections
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana has a population of homeless
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana has a population of homeless people
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana tunnel
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana tunnel
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana residential street
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana residential street
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana guesthouse
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana guesthouse
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana daily newspaper
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana daily newspaper
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana denizen engaging in common activity
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana denizen engaging in common activity
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana bus ad
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana bus ad
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana guesthouse host
Brazil - Rio - Copacabana guesthouse host
Brazil flag with Jewish stars (?)
Brazil flag with Jewish stars (?)