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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.

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For a more complete range of activities, check out the Arpoador Beach things to do page.


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Hotel Atlântico Rio ¥1,943
Hotel Atlântico Rio

Hotel Atlântico Rio

Rua Xavier da Silveira, 112, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 1 mi (2 km). Cantagalo Station is only a 2-minute walk and Siqueira Campos Station is 14 minutes.

    B&B Hotels RJ Copacabana Forte ¥3,701
    B&B Hotels RJ Copacabana Forte

    B&B Hotels RJ Copacabana Forte

    Rua Francisco Otaviano 38, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dorival Caymmi Statue and Ipanema Beach. Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica are also within 1 mi (2 km). Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 11 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 16 minutes.

      Miramar Hotel by Windsor ¥10,605
      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. Copacabana Fort and Arpoador Beach are also within 15 minutes. Cantagalo Station is 10 minutes by foot and Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 14 minutes.

        Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro ¥34,863
        Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro

        Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro

        Avenida Vieira Souto 80, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 1 mi (2 km). Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 6 minutes by foot and Nossa Senhora da Paz Station is 17 minutes.

          Arena Ipanema Hotel ¥6,568
          Arena Ipanema Hotel

          Arena Ipanema Hotel

          Rua Francisco Otaviano 131, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Ipanema, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Arpoador Beach and Devil's Beach. Copacabana Fort and Girl from Ipanema Park are also within 10 minutes. Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 11 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 18 minutes.

            Tulip Inn Rio de Janeiro Ipanema ¥3,856
            Tulip Inn Rio de Janeiro Ipanema

            Tulip Inn Rio de Janeiro Ipanema

            Av. Rainha Elisabeth, 440, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Ipanema, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Arpoador Beach and Ipanema Beach. Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica are also within 1 mi (2 km). Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 5 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 16 minutes.

              Pestana Rio Atlantica ¥7,576
              Pestana Rio Atlantica

              Pestana Rio Atlantica

              Avenida Atlantica 2964, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Fort and Arpoador Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cantagalo Station is 10 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos Station is 12 minutes.

                Hotel Arpoador ¥10,786
                Hotel Arpoador

                Hotel Arpoador

                Rua Francisco Otaviano 177, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ipanema, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Ipanema Beach and Arpoador Beach. Devil's Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within 10 minutes. Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 10 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 19 minutes.