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Discover Rio de Janeiro’s beach culture

For cariocas (residents of Rio), the beach is their backyard – join them as they prepare to host the Olympics, for volleyball, surfng, snacking or relaxing amid the people parade.
The cable car and Morro da Urca, seen from Sugarloaf Mountain
PHOTOGRAPHS: ANTONIO BARTUCCIO/SIME/4 CORNERS, PAULO FRIDMAN/CORBIS, MICHAEL ROBERTSON/ALAMY, FLAVIO VELOSO/BRAZIL PHOTOS/LIGHTPOCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES

Beach life in Rio de Janeiro

Best beaches

The long, scalloped beach of Copacabana at sunset

IPANEMA 1

Rio’s most famous beach, since bossa nova stars Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes introduced the world to it in the ’60s, Ipanema is a long stretch of sand dotted with postos (posts), which mark off subcultures as diverse as the city itself. Posto 9 is where Rio’s most lithe and tanned bodies tend to migrate, as well as a handful of hippies. Sit back, agua de coco in hand, and watch Rio at play.

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