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Rio beach life | Brazil | Americas

[Visited: January 2005 and many times before]

Rio de Janeiro is mainly known for its beaches. Even though there are many other attractions in the city, the beaches are a highlight for any visitor. Fortunately, they don't only draw foreigners, but are popular with the Cariocas, as the inhabitants of this city are called, as well. They are much more than just a place to get a suntan or a dive into the ocean. In Rio de Janeiro, the beaches are social gathering places. It is this fact, together with the spectacular backdrop, that make the beaches in Rio such a unique destination.

Picture of Rio beach life (Brazil): Ipanema beach with the Morro Dois Irmãos in the background

There are sports going on, people playing music, fishermen, those selling and buying anything from drinks and food to swimwear, hammocks, hats, and lots of other things. People come together to talk about the latest gossip or exchange developments in their personal life. Others go to watch passers by, to check out the latest in swimwear fashion, to hunt for a partner. Then, as on many other beaches, there are those who take a good book and read while getting a tan, or those who surf the rolling waves of the Atlantic crushing on the beaches.

Picture of Rio beach life (Brazil): Ipanema beach: girl selling swimwear

The beaches attract different crowds at different times of the day. Then again, different areas of the beaches attract different people, as different beaches attract a different audience. Walking from Leblon to Ipanema, to Arpoador and then on to Copacabana, this becomes clear. Leblon and Ipanema attract a richer public, while Copacabana is the most popular and best known beach. You can just walk on the beach and lie down wherever you feel best at ease. With so many areas to chose from, there is a stretch of fine, white sand for everyone.

Picture of Rio beach life (Brazil): Football players on Ipanema beach
Picture of Rio beach life (Brazil): Ipanema beach: fisherman in the surf
Picture of Rio beach life (Brazil): Ipanema beach: vendor selling swimwear
Picture of Rio beach life (Brazil): Copacabana beach: vendor selling colourful beach textile
Picture of Rio beach life (Brazil): Copacabana beach: selling hammocks
Picture of Rio beach life (Brazil): Copacaban beach: selling beach items
Picture of Rio beach life (Brazil): Copacabana beach: sunglasses waiting to be sold
Picture of Rio beach life (Brazil): Ipanema beach: vendor
Picture of Rio beach life (Brazil): Ipanema beach: vendor of drinks

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