Copacabana Beach may not be on a deserted island, but the atmosphere is what makes this one of the most famous beaches in the world. Roughly 160,000 people live in Copacabana and thousands of others are visiting at any time (especially for the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration). Enjoy the warm water, soak in some rays, visit the famous bars and restaurants, or simply enjoy a long afternoon of people watching. The crowds and entertainment on this 4-kilometer-long stretch of sand never disappoint.
Reaching Copacabana is easy, with more than 40 bus routes and three Metro stations serving the beach at all times of the day. Fly into Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, and you’ll be on the sand in no time. North Americans, Europeans, Asians and travelers from around the globe can easily catch a flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.