Located in Zona Sul (south zone), Copacabana Beach is one of the most famous coasts in the world. Get there by taking the subway on Line 1 (exit: Cantagalo, Siqueira Campos or Cardeal Arcoverde) or take one of the public buses. Leme in Portuguese means helm, getting its name from a nearby rock formation, which is shaped like the helm of a ship. It’s a quiet neighborhood located at the northern end of Copacabana. It’s a popular part of the beach among families and groups of friends looking for a calm retreat.
WHY WE LOVE COPACABANA AND LEME?
Completed in 1970 by Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burl Marx, the black and white wave-patterned promenade is like a massive long abstract painting that frames the beach. Walking the length of it takes you past the bustling life of Copacabana’s shore, and you can stop at one of the many kiosks for typical Brazilian snacks and drinks along the way. Many locals use the promenade to bike, jog, and rollerblade on, whereas others spill down onto the beach and gather for games of football, volleyball and frescobol.
Everyone knows that oysters should always be eaten fresh. The most authentic place to buy fresh oysters is in the fish market on Copacabana Beach in front of Sofitel Hotel (the hotel is located at the end of Copacabana, next to Ipanema). If oysters are not your thing, then that’s ok! There is a huge variety of freshly caught seafood available every single day.
Want to see Copacabana from another perspective? There are several standup paddle (SUP) companies located at Posto 6 in Copacabana. Make sure to shop around for the best price!
One of the easiest and most convenient hikes in Rio is hiding in plain sight, just a short stroll from Copacabana Beach – Morro do Leme.
The Copacabana beach runs for 2.2 miles (4 km) in an east-to-west direction stretching from Postos 2 to Posto 6. Stop by one of the several kiosks and enjoy a gold cup of chopp (draft beer) and pastels, a typical Brazilian snack.
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