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Copacabana Beach Vacation Packages

More than just a stretch of sand, Rio de Janeiro’s most famous beach is where locals and visitors from all over the world come to relax, strut, pose and play. 

Gleaming hotels and forested hills line the perfectly curved 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) stretch of Copacabana Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world. Abutting one of Brazil’s highest density residential areas, this beach is nearly always filled to capacity, but that’s part of its charm. Swim in the cool waters of the Atlantic amongst thousands of other visitors, join in a game of soccer on the sand or just sit back on a beach chair and order snacks from a beach vendor and watch the passing parade.

Start your visit by touring the whole length of Copacabana Beach. A wide promenade lines the entire stretch. Walk, jog or cycle along the path while taking in everything the beach has to offer. Halfway along the promenade, see the Belmond Copacabana Palace, a five-star hotel built in 1923 in art deco style.

Copacabana Beach is a hive of constant activity with Rio de Janeiro residents enjoying sports on the sand. Watch a game of soccer, which is Brazil’s most popular sport, or join in a game of beach volleyball. The beach also has several weight-lifting areas, where locals come to tan and show off their muscles. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent along the beach if you’d rather just relax.

Go to the southwestern tip of the beach to find Copacabana Fort, which is spread out along a rocky spit. Copacabana Fort was completed in 1914 and was retired as a defensive fortification in 1987. It’s now home to the Army Historical Museum where cannons and some other military equipment are on display. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and there is a fee to enter.

The most exciting time to visit Copacabana Beach is on New Year’s Eve, when the beach is blanketed with over 2 million visitors who come to watch the world-famous fireworks show. Join the chaos on the sand, or reserve a room at a beachfront hotel for a more private vantage point.

Copacabana Beach is easy to get to from the city center via the metro or a bus. Parking can be difficult to find in the area, so public transportation is your best option for reaching the beach.

Everyone knows you don't go traveling to sit in a cramped plane seat and sleep in a strange bed. Traveling is all about the amazing adventures you have while you're away!

We'd like to make your trip to Copacabana Beach one to remember. Consider our suggestions of popular activities:

For a complete range of activities, take a look at our Copacabana Beach things to do page.

Make the most of your time spent at Copacabana Beach. Below is a list of the best things to do:

Take a look at our Rio de Janeiro things to do page to learn about more activities while you're here.


Guide to Exploring around Copacabana Beach


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Windsor Califórnia Hotel ¥9,935
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.

    Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro ¥16,980
    Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

    Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

    Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Museum of Modern Art and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km). Cardeal Arcoverde Station is 11 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos Station is 22 minutes.

      PortoBay Rio de Janeiro ¥12,537
      PortoBay Rio de Janeiro

      PortoBay Rio de Janeiro

      Avenida Atlântica, 1500, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Sugar Loaf Mountain, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Parque Henrique Lage and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Museum of Modern Art and Arcos da Lapa are also within 9 mi (15 km). Cardeal Arcoverde Station is 6 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos Station is 17 minutes.

        Miramar Hotel by Windsor ¥12,797
        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.

          Américas Copacabana Hotel ¥6,506
          Américas Copacabana Hotel

          Américas Copacabana Hotel

          Rua Barata Ribeiro 550, Copacabana, 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, Avenida Atlantica, and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within 2 mi (3 km). Siqueira Campos Station is 6 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 11 minutes.

            Royal Rio Palace Hotel ¥7,756
            Royal Rio Palace Hotel

            Royal Rio Palace Hotel

            Rua Duvivier 82 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Ipanema Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Cardeal Arcoverde Station is only a 3-minute walk and Siqueira Campos Station is 14 minutes.

              Belmond Copacabana Palace ¥36,104
              Belmond Copacabana Palace

              Belmond Copacabana Palace

              Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Ipanema Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Cardeal Arcoverde Station is 5 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos 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.