5. Copacabana Beach
Copacabana beach’s fame has spread worldwide – few beaches are more well-known than this 2.5-mile stretch of sand. It will no doubt be busy, but one of the pleasures of traveling is mixing with local people – and in the case of Rio de Janeiro, beautiful people! Many tourists begin their Brazil holiday in Rio, and this beach should be on the list of places to see before moving on.
Copacabana beach was actually increased in size to prevent the sea from reaching right up to the road, and is now a place where you can find more than just sun-worshippers – beach volleyball and football matches continue throughout the day.