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Ipanema Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

Ipanema Beach which includes a beach and mountains as well as a large group of people

See the place that inspired a famous song about a bikini at this upscale beach.

Located in one of the wealthiest areas in Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema Beach is between Leblon and Arpoador, adjacent to the famed Copacabana Beach. Although the word Ipanema literally translates to “stinky lake” in the Tupi language, this description doesn’t fit what you’ll find along this stretch of white-sand beach where the rich and chic come to worship the sun. Beyond the western limit of the beach, there is a beautiful view of the two mountains, Dois Irmãos.

Originally, Ipanema referred to the homeland of a previous landowner instead of the stretch of coastline. Western culture recognizes the famous beach from the 1960s hit song The Girl From Ipanema, which was written by two local residents.

The local weather is mild year-round, but the best time to visit Ipanema Beach is from July through September when the weather and sunlight are ideal. During Rio’s Carnival, Ipanema hosts its own celebration, Banda de Ipanema, which draws in nearly 50,000 visitors. Regardless of when you visit, make sure you swim only in areas with designated lifeguards, as the water can be treacherous. Multiple lifeguard towers are located along Ipanema’s coastline.

You’ll find devoted surfers and sunbathers every day of the week, but you can expect a larger crowd on Sundays when the nearest road is closed to traffic, but open to walkers, runners, bikers and all varieties of skaters.

The area right near the beach features high-end restaurants and retailers. Wander down Rua Vinícius de Moraes where there is the highest concentration of shops and boutiques. Take a seat at a table in a botequim, which is the Portuguese term for bar or café. Watch the passing parade of people while you sip Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha. Note that prices in bars, cafés and restaurants in the Ipanema Beach area are higher than most other parts of Rio.

Ipanema Beach is about 30 minutes by taxi or bus from downtown Rio during normal traffic. Avoid renting a car if possible, as parking is hard to find and almost never free. If you must rent a car, read your hotel details carefully and see if parking is included. If you visit during peak times, make reservations early for either New Year’s Eve or Carnival, which is typically near the end of February.

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Top Hotels Close to Ipanema Beach

Américas Copacabana Hotel
Américas Copacabana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Barata Ribeiro 550, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥3,205 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! (954 reviews)
"Great location with excellent roof top pool and great food"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Américas Copacabana Hotel
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥10,840 per night from May 16 to May 16
Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Leblon Beach, Ipanema Beach, and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Arpoador Beach is 2.7 mi (4.4 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (957 reviews)
"They offered me an upgrade for my room , but I paid a considerable amount of money on the taxes . Next time get all inclusive you’ll get a lot more for your buck !"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
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 ¥10,209 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 3
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! (976 reviews)
"Great service, clean rooms. Can hook you up on all things fun and exciting!"

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
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Best Lodging Options Near Ipanema Beach

Américas Copacabana Hotel
Américas Copacabana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Barata Ribeiro 550, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥3,205 per night from May 31 to May 31
Américas Copacabana Hotel
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥10,840 per night from May 16 to May 16
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥10,209 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 3
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
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 ¥40,610 per night from May 23 to May 23
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Sol Ipanema Hotel
Sol Ipanema Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Vieira Souto 320, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥10,857 per night from May 15 to May 15
Sol Ipanema Hotel
Mar Ipanema Hotel
Mar Ipanema Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Visconde De Piraja, 539 Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥7,150 per night from May 18 to May 18
Mar Ipanema Hotel
Own Ipanema Visconti
Own Ipanema Visconti
3.5 out of 5
Rua Prudente De Morais 1050, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Own Ipanema Visconti
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is ¥7,280 per night from May 22 to May 22
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Cobertura Mar de Ipanema no Posto 10
Cobertura Mar de Ipanema no Posto 10
3 out of 5
Avenida Vieira Souto, 462 - COB 01, Rio de Janeiro
Cobertura Mar de Ipanema no Posto 10
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