panema beach made famous internationally with the popularity of the famous bossa nova song, “The Girl from Ipanema” (“Garota de Ipanema”), written by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes in 1962. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Brazil. A long, arcing expanse of soft white sand and rolling waves, Ipanema routinely reaches the top of the “Best Beaches in Brazil” list year after year. A well-organized grid of world-class restaurants, shops, and cafés. Theaters and clubs as well as a buoyant nightlife. Located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), between the beaches of Copacabana and Leblon. Ipanema Beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy.
At night, the town boosts levels of fun with bars, night clubs, and lounges. One of the thrilling happenings in Ipanema Beach that you should not miss is the well-known Carnival. One of the most colorful events in Brazil. Thousands of tourists enjoy this event that boasts the colorful culture and local liveliness.
It holds a street parade “Banda de Ipanema”. These festivities attract up to 50,000 people to the streets of Ipanema. The Carnivals are the experience of a lifetime. So, plan your holidays during these festivities, if you can.
As expected, the two kilometers of white sand — and the bodies strewn among them — are the star attractions here. The area continues to be populated with supernaturally good-looking people. The Travel Channel has mentioned the beach as the sexiest beach in the world. If you are looking for a beautiful beach liberally sprinkled with equally beautiful people, welcome to your Brazilian paradise.
The beach at Ipanema is known for its elegant development and its social life. Two mountains called the Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) rise at the western end of the beach, which is divided into segments delineated by postos, or lifeguard towers. Beer is sold everywhere, along with the traditional cachaça. There are always circles of people playing football, volleyball, and footvolley, a locally invented sport that is a combination of volleyball and football.
The beach is, after all, a launching pad for the skimpy tanga bikini, the once-popular crocheted G-string for men, and the unforgettable (if only we could forget) dental-floss bikini.
Aside from gays and lesbians, Ipanema Fame attracts other visitors. TV stars, single women, families and heterosexual couples all enjoy this stretch of beach. It is quite open and accepting of everyone.
Divided By Posts – Divided by posts, the different areas of the beach are quite different. The area is known as Posto (Post) 9 is also known as Cemeterio dos Elefantes. This is where many artists, hippies, and others of this era are known to congregate. The Posto 8 area is known as where the kids from the shantytowns around Ipanema Beach hang out.
Clean – One thing that is often said about Ipanema Beach is the sand is much whiter and cleaner than the other areas beaches including Copacabana, which is also a most popular beach in Rio de Janeiro.
What Does Ipanema Mean? – The word Ipanema is an indigenous word for “bad, dangerous waters”, and this is mainly true about the waters here. The waves that crash onto the shore here are oversized and there is quite a strong undertow as well. Be careful, and swim only where locals do.
Feira Hippie de Ipanema – A group of hippies started a Sunday market in Ipanema in 1968 and the traditional fair continues with over 700 stalls set up at the Feira Hippie de Ipanema (Ipanema Hippie Market).
Travel Tips – Unlike the rest of South America, Brazil’s language is Portuguese. However, most people in highly trafficked tourist areas understand English. In addition, Rio has established a Tourist Police branch where officers usually speak English and are trained to provide help to visitors.
The bikinis and sungas (small male bathing suit) are cheap and cheerful!
A Brazilian woman will also bring to Ipanema beach a comb and a bottle of conditioner. She will give her hair a hydrating treatment while enjoying her ice cold beverage and catching up on that week’s gossip.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Don’t be shy! Brazilians aren’t uncomfortable making friends even if you don’t speak the same language. They find these differences charming. It will make your day incredibly beautiful if you befriend a local who will be more than happy to share their food, teach you about Brazil and laugh all afternoon with you.
Ipanema city houses art galleries and theaters which are worth your visit. The rich culture of this city is reflected through these venues whether you like sunrises or sunsets, the Ipanema beach will give you the opportunity to enjoy both. The scenic beauty of this beach will keep you engaged during your leisure hours. If you want to take a break from the beach, you can visit the nearby shopping malls and shop for yourself and your friends and family. Walk up to the stand that feels good and rent a chair and an umbrella, which rents by the day and not the hour. Everything on the beach costs about 5-6 Reais.
What to Bring to Ipanema Beach
- a sarong (not a towel…no one uses towels on the beach)
- a Brazilian swimsuit
- suntan lotion
- straw sunhat
- hair conditioner
- havaianas sandals
- beach bag
What not to bring:
- DO NOT bring anything valuable to the beach, especially a phone or passport.