Copacabana Beach, Brazil Cruise Port
If the thought of visiting one of the most famous beaches in the world is incredibly appealing, then cruising to Copacabana Beach, Brazil won't disappoint. A neighborhood or bairro in the South Zone (Zona Sul) of Rio de Janeiro, its balneario beach begins at Princesa Isabel Avenue and ends at Posto Seis. Located on the Atlantic shore, Copacabana Beach is the place where a couple of million people come to play during New Year's Eve celebrations, an annual ritual which began back in the 1950s. Soccer fans also know it as the official venue of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in recent years. And yes, you’re forgiven if the beach’s name has you inadvertently humming a popular Barry Manilow tune. With a vibrant nightlife and plenty of eating and drinking venues, here are some of our favorite experiences while visiting the cruise port of Copacabana Beach, Brazil:
- The two and a half mile long Copacabana Beach promenade also incorporates art and history. The black, white, and red mosaic tiles create a pattern that represents white Europeans, black African slaves, and the indigenous peoples of Brazil; the artist's vision shows how these three groups influenced each other throughout their coexistence.
- There’s plenty to eat and drink, thanks to restaurants and kiosks lining both side of the Avenida Atlantica. One of the favorites among locals and tourists alike is the caipirinha, considered Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar, and lime. There are also plenty of vendors on the beach vying for your attention to sell you their goods.
- For history buffs, visit Forte de Copacabana, is a relaxed military base located at the south end of the beach. Now used more for lifeguard training, it includes a military museum and sophisticated café, along with views of the beach and nearby Sugarloaf.
- For some of the best surfing in the area, check out Arpoador, a rock formation where natives used to hunt whales. The midway point that joins Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the high breakers can be a real thrill. Afterward, plenty of nearby cafés will refresh you.