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Arpoador Beach

Considered the birthplace of Brazilian surfing, this small beach is also one of the most popular places to catch Rio de Janeiro’s spectacular sunsets.

Arpoador Beach features some of the best waves and finest views in Rio de Janeiro. Sandwiched between the much larger Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the small, 1,640-foot (500-meter) stretch of Arpoador Beach is marked by a giant rock formation that provides elevated views of the surrounding coastline. Dangle your feet over the South Atlantic Ocean as surfers carve up the waves below or time your visit to catch the perfect sunset.

Every summer, thousands of surfers and surfers-in-training come to the beach to ride the waves at Arpoador Beach, which is known as the birthplace of Brazil’s surfing culture. Rent a board from the beach-side tent or book a surfing lesson if you are inexperienced. Expert surfers should come back after dark, when spotlights set up along the beach light up the waves for night surfing.

Walk east along the promenade behind the beach to reach the foot of the rock formation at the beach’s east end. The beach bears the name of this rock, which got its name from the hunters who would spear passing whales from here; arpoador means “fisherman who harpoons.” Walk along the trails to reach the edge of the rock, although be wary of the cliffs at the south end.

On summer evenings, crowds gather on Arpoador Beach and its rock formation to watch the sunset. Since the beach is at the southernmost point of Ipanema Beach, the view here takes in the whole 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) stretch of that beach as well as the Morro Doie Irmãos (Two Brothers Hill) to the west of it. See the sun set over the dramatic silhouettes of the dual peaks. Often, the crowd breaks out into applause as soon as the sunset is complete.

Head into Parque Garota de Ipanema, a large wooded park just north of Arpoador Beach. Here, two skating bowls covered in intricate graffiti are situated at the top of a hill overlooking the beach.

Located at the center of Rio de Janeiro’s two most popular beaches, Arpoador Beach is easily accessible from the city center by bus, taxi or bicycle.

Are you eager to make some fun memories? A vacation is the ideal time to jump into exciting new experiences.

Kick off your trip to Arpoador Beach in style. Why not think about purchasing a Carioca Sunset Small-Group Bike Tour or a Full-Day Total Rio Small-Group Bike Tour?

For more things to do, go to our Arpoador Beach things to do page.

Give yourself heaps of time at Arpoador Beach. Here are the best things to do:

Want to make your visit a bit more unique? A Carioca Sunset Small-Group Bike Tour and a Full-Day Total Rio Small-Group Bike Tour are both worth looking into.

For more activities, have a look at our Rio de Janeiro things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Arpoador Beach


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Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana ¥28,051
Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

Avenida Atlântica, 4240 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Copacabana, this luxury hotel is steps from Copacabana Fort, Avenida Atlantica, and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away. Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 12 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 18 minutes.

    Miramar Hotel by Windsor ¥12,811
    Miramar Hotel by Windsor

    Miramar Hotel by Windsor

    Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cantagalo Station is 10 minutes by foot and Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 14 minutes.

      Windsor Califórnia Hotel ¥9,946
      Windsor Califórnia Hotel

      Windsor Califórnia Hotel

      Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Copacabana Beach and Copacabana Fort. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Parque Henrique Lage are also within 3 mi (5 km). Siqueira Campos Station is 8 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 15 minutes.

        Rio Othon Palace ¥10,238
        Rio Othon Palace

        Rio Othon Palace

        Avenida Atlantica 3264, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Copacabana Fort. Arpoador Beach and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cantagalo Station is 7 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos Station is 16 minutes.

          Best Western Premier Arpoador Fashion Hotel ¥10,249
          Best Western Premier Arpoador Fashion Hotel

          Best Western Premier Arpoador Fashion Hotel

          Rua Bulhoes de Carvalho 337, Arpoador, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Copacabana Beach, Avenida Atlantica, and Ipanema Beach. Copacabana Fort is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away. Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 7 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 14 minutes.

            Orla Copacabana Hotel ¥8,376
            Orla Copacabana Hotel

            Orla Copacabana Hotel

            Avenida Atlantica 4122, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is steps from Carlos Drummond de Andrade Statue, Avenida Atlantica, and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within 10 minutes. Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 10 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 14 minutes.

              Sol Ipanema Hotel ¥14,476
              Sol Ipanema Hotel

              Sol Ipanema Hotel

              Avenida Vieira Souto 320, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Ipanema, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Posto 9, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and Copacabana Beach. Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Rio Sul Shopping Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km). Nossa Senhora da Paz Station is 8 minutes by foot and Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 10 minutes.

                Atlantis Copacabana Hotel ¥5,490
                Atlantis Copacabana Hotel

                Atlantis Copacabana Hotel

                Rua Bulhoes de Carvalho 61 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica, Copacabana Beach, and Ipanema Beach. Copacabana Fort is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) away. Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 8 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 15 minutes.