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.
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.
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.
Personal travel impressions both in words and images from Rio beach life (Brazil). Clicking on the pictures enlarges them and enables you to send the picture as a free e-card or download it for personal use, for instance, on your weblog. Or click on the map above to visit more places close to Rio beach life.
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