About the famous Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana beach is located in the Southern zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This magnificent tourist attraction stretches 2.5 miles (4 km) along the Atlantic shore. The beach starts at Princesa Isabel Avenue Posto Dois, life tower two (2) and ends at Posto Seis, life tower six (6) Both ends of the beach are marked by distinguished historical structures. Fort Copacabana, built in 1914, is at the south end by Posto Seis and Fort Duque de Caxias, built in 1779, at the north end.

Beyond the south end of the beach there are two small beaches one can be found inside Fort Copacabana and the other right after it Diabo (“Devil”) Beach, after Diabo beach can be found Arpoador beach where surfers congregate to enjoy its perfectly carved waves and finally the ever famous Ipanema beach.

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Boardwalk Like no Other

Copacabana beach promenade is a boardwalk like no other. The project was fabricated from Portuguese stone pavers in 1970. This beautiful pathway is a huge attraction for cyclers, joggers and roller-skaters.


Surrounding Neighborhood

The town of Copacabana itself has a population density of approximately 22,000 people per km² and a total population of 162,000 at the time of this writing. Single and two story dwellings are not popular here leaning more to the apartment and condo styling with average heights of 12 stories.


Nearly 50 bus routes serve Copacabana, in addition three metro subways Cantagalo, Siqueira Campos and Cardeal Arcoverde. For a region that only covers 8 km², transportation is never an issue for locals or tourists alike.

Copacabana beach Historical Events

  • 26 April 1949 – The RMS Magdalena broke in half as she was being towed into Rio de Janeiro. Most of her high value of cargo which consisted of organs washed up on the beach
  • December 31, 1994 – Rod Steward played a New Year’s Eve concert that attracted over 3.5 million onlookers that set the record for the largest concert crowd in history.
  • March 21, 2005 – Lenny Kravitz played a concert to over 300,000 on a Monday night.
  • February 18, 2006 – The Rolling Stones performed to a crowd exceeding 1.5 million.
  • July 7, 2007 – The Live Earth concerts played to a crowd of 400,000
  • October 2, 2009 –  more than 100,000 people filled the beach for a beach party celebrating the IOC announced that Rio would be hosting the 2016 Olympics
  • July 28, 2013 – The World Youth Day 2013 attracted 3 million people including 3 presidents to join Pope Francis when he celebrated the holy mass. This was marked as one of the largest religious gatherings in history.
  • August 2016 – The official site for the 2016 Olympic beach volleyball.
  • Special Note: 11 of the 15 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups have taken place here.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

The New Year’s Eve celebration at Copacabana beach is second to none typically attracting and estimated two (2) million people. The fireworks display is internationally famous for its breathtaking display of pyrotechnics. In parallel, main line concerts are planned each year that extend way into the wee hours of the morning.

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Precipitation-Rainfall - Table Copacabana Beach

Copacabana beach is in the southern hemisphere and thus experiences a tropical climate. The typical summer season in the southern hemisphere extends from December to March and the winter season from June to September.

During the peak of summer, average daily temperatures will be  between 90°F – 100°F (32°C – 38°C) with some days exceeding 100°F. As well the summer months are also the rainy months meaning heavy rainfall can slightly cool off the temperature due to heavy rainfall. In the evening temperatures will cool off to 75°F (24°C). Along both Copacabana and Ipanema beaches the constant sea breezes helps to cool things off, especially at night.


The winter climate is much less humid than in the summer and is considered to be the dry season. Total rainfall lessens during the winter months, and rain showers are less frequent and tend to be lighter. Winter temperatures average 78°F (26°) during the day and 65°F (18°C) at night.

Temperature - Table Copacabana Beach

On The Beach

The full length of the beach is a whirl of endless activity. From local scooer players shouting out their national anthym and showing off their skills to beachside kiosks and pubs. A simple stroll down the 2.5 miles (4 km) of beach can in itself be full day of adventure that could lead into the night.

  • Within the confines of the beach, areas are claimed by many different interests and groups, all are extremly friendly.
  • The area between the Copacabana Palace hotel and Rua Fernando Mendes is the gay and cross-dresser section, known as the Stock or Stock Market – easily recognized by the rainbow flag
  • Young football and futevôlei (soccer volleyball) players hold court near Rua Santa Clara.
  • Postos 5 and 6 are a mix of favela kids and carioca retirees
  • Next to Forte de Copacabana is the colônia dos pescadores (fishermen’s colony).
  • As Copacabana Beach curves north you get into the quieter sands of Leme (Av Princesa Isabel forms the demarcation between the two neighborhoods). Here you’ll find a mix of older Leme residents as well as kids from the nearby favelas of Babilônia and Chapeu Mangueira.

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  • The locals in Copacabana are typically extremely friendly and health conscious, keeping in mind there love for the sun.
  • The beach is lit at night and police do patrol the area but it is advised not to stray to far away from the main areas where the kiosks and bars are located after dark. In addition wathc out for weekends when the shops are closed and there are few locals in the area.
  • For the most part the crime rate is very low in Copacabana however like everywhere in the world, common sense should prevail, especially on the beach after dark.
  • Basic Travel Safety Tips When Visiting Copacabana
  • Travel in a group – Avoid walking on the streets alone.
  • Take a taxi and not a bus at night.
  • Late at night, consider taking a radio or call taxi especially when travelling to less secure or unfamiliar
  • If you see a group of young kids that look suspicious walking towards you, cross the street. Avoid dark/enclosed areas.
  • Avoid wearing flashy jewelry or expensive looking items.
  • Do not carry a lot of cash around.
  • Leave the passport and other credit cards in the safe at the hotel.
  • Make a copy of the Biographic page of your passport and carry this with you.
  • Distribute your money it in different pockets.
  • Beware of suspicious characters when withdrawing funds from bank machines. Use the machines located inside banks, buildings and shopping centers.
  • Keep digital cameras in your pocket or in non-descript paper or plastic bags.
  • Don’t leave belongings unattended.
  • Stay away from the slum areas (favelas). There are some respected favela tours for tourists, but remember that these operators must pay a percentage of their profits to the criminal gangs controlling the favela to ensure the safety of the tour party.
  • The city centre should be visited during workhours (but be aware of pickpocketing there) and it is generally considered an empty and dangerous place at night – although some parts of it have been renovated, particularly the Lapa district where many world-class samba clubs are located. Always take a taxi if visiting Lapa and make a reservation at the club you intend to visit in advance.


Best Time To Visit Copacabana



This is Rio’s peak season. The city’s most notable events — including Reveillon (New Year’s Eve) and Carnival — take place during Brazil’s summer, which lasts from December through March. Approximately two million people come to Rio to celebrate New Year’s Eve with live music, firework shows and good spirits on Copacabana Beach. Hotel prices can be inflated during these months, so book early to ensure availability. Also, expect crowds on the main city beaches, when temperatures hover in the mid-80s (but can occasionally soar into the 90s and above). This is also the season when Brazil sees the most rainfall, so pack an umbrella.


Crowds and hot summer weather dissipate in May. But don’t expect Rio’s humidity to disappear: The Amazon region is notorious for its year-round damp tropical heat. After Easter, you’ll find cheaper room rates.


During Brazil’s winter season, locals come out of their shells to enjoy the moderate weather and tourists flock to Rio for vacation. Expect mild temperatures and inflated hotel prices. These months are also ideal for sightseeing: There are fewer rain showers and less fog on Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain.


During Brazil’s winter season, locals come out of their shells to enjoy the moderate weather and tourists flock to Rio for vacation. Expect mild temperatures and inflated hotel prices. These months are also ideal for sightseeing: There are fewer rain showers and less fog on Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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