Copacabana is without a doubt the most famous beach in the world. The boulevard was designed by Brazilian architect Roberto Burle Mark. Copacabana immediately associates its visitors with the beach, the sun, the beautiful open sea, turquoise water and modern bars and restaurants along the coast. Today, Copacabana is a world-famous hotspot for tourists from all over the world. The neighborhood justifies its nickname "Princesinha do Mar" or Princess of the Sea.
Copacabana is a paradise with a stunning beach, lively streets, where the fun never stops.
Copacabana has a lot to offer compared to other places in Brazil. The region around the Sugarloaf Mountain, known as Guanabara Bay, was a French colony in 1555. The area in front of the bay today is the Marine Academy. The Portuguese took power in 1566 and changed the name of the city to Sao Sebastian, i.e. Saint Sebastian (patron saint of the city of Rio de Janeiro). Later, the city was renamed Rio de Janeiro and became the official capital of Brazil. At the place where the Copacabana fortress is today, there used to be a chapel that had to be demolished in order to build ramparts for the defense of the city.
During the 19th century, Copacabana was just a small fishing village. The whole area began to develop with the construction of the Velho tunnel, which connected this coastal area with Botafogo and the central part of the city. The first hotel on the coast was opened back in 1923, and it was called Copacabana Palace.
Copacabana is 4 km long, and stretches from Posotos Dois to Posto Seis. It is the center of coastal life in Rio. The whole environment is really beautiful. From Copacabana there is a wonderful view of the Sugarloaf Mountain and the imposing statue of Christ the Redeemer.
You can swim safely in the waters surrounding the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.