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Arpoador Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

Rio de Janeiro featuring rocky coastline

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.

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Américas Copacabana Hotel
Américas Copacabana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Barata Ribeiro 550, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥3,222 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rua Barata Ribeiro and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (952 reviews)
"Great location with excellent roof top pool and great food"

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Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,265 per night from May 11 to May 11
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Copacabana Fort and Arpoador Beach are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (975 reviews)
"Great service, clean rooms. Can hook you up on all things fun and exciting!"

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

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Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Vieira Souto 80, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥40,832 per night from May 11 to May 11
Nestled on the beach, this Ipanema hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ipanema Beach and Arpoador Beach. Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (339 reviews)
"This is a very special boutique hotel. What sets it apart from other 5 star RJ hotels is the attention to detail and comfort the hotel provides in addtion to the friendly staff. What i particularity liked was the size and layout of my room overlooking ipanema beach, the pool, the location, and the ..."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
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Américas Copacabana Hotel
Américas Copacabana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Barata Ribeiro 550, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥3,222 per night from May 31 to May 31
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Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥10,265 per night from May 11 to May 11
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Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Vieira Souto 80, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥40,832 per night from May 11 to May 11
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Atlantis Copacabana Hotel
Atlantis Copacabana Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua Bulhoes de Carvalho 61 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥2,568 per night from May 12 to May 12
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Arena Ipanema Hotel
Arena Ipanema Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Francisco Otaviano 131, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥6,868 per night from May 11 to May 11
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Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlântica, 4240 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥23,122 per night from May 14 to May 14
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Hotel Arpoador
Hotel Arpoador
4 out of 5
Rua Francisco Otaviano 177, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥11,860 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 9
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Orla Copacabana Hotel
Orla Copacabana Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 4122, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥3,949 per night from May 11 to May 11
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Emiliano Rio
Emiliano Rio
5 out of 5
Av. Atlântica, 3804, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥36,291 per night from May 11 to May 11
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