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Grab your swimming gear, dig out your coolest shades, and head for the beach—you’re in Rio, baby! Even the names are enough to make you quiver with excitement: Copacabana, Ipanema, Barra da Tijuca. And that’s before you’ve experienced carnival time in this crazy city, where every day’s a party and everyone’s your best friend. Rio’s tropical climate sizzles year-round, although if you’re planning some serious beach action during your Rio de Janeiro vacation, avoid the monsoon months of December through March.

Things to see in Rio de Janeiro

One of Rio’s most iconic sights is the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer, perched atop a mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. Climb to the base of the pedestal for breathtaking views of the city—special trains and buses journey here from various downtown locations. Come back down to sea level on Copacabana—this is one of the most famous beaches in Rio de Janeiro, with a wide stretch of soft white sand lined with beachfront hotels and a lively promenade that’s made for people-watching. Feel the city’s passion for football first-hand at the Maracanã stadium, scene of Brazilian superhero Pelé’s 1,000th goal. Take a wander round Cinelândia square to admire the Belle Epoque Municipal Theater and National Library, before comparing the Baroque splendor of the Candelária Church with the striking new cathedral styled after a Mayan pyramid.

Beach hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Not surprisingly for a city of its size and diversity, there is a huge range of accommodation options, but you’ll find a particularly wide choice of beach hotels in Rio de Janeiro. Here you can escape the city heat and join in the fun on your doorstep. Choose a luxury hotel for the full works, such as a fitness center to tone your beach body and a spa to soothe you after a night on the town. All-inclusive Rio deals are a great way to keep a lid on your spending, with bonuses like free breakfast and free WiFi leaving you with more funds for partying.

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

In Brazil they’re called balnearios—more than just beaches, these are seaside towns with their own amenities for entertainment, dining, culture, and sport. These popular resorts can get quite busy at times, so choose off-peak seasons to secure the best choice of hotels. A little research will ensure you pick the right resort for your tastes. Upscale Barra da Tijuca has everything from simple self-catering condos to luxurious pads, and a classier nightlife than most. The many quality beach hotels in Ipanema reflect its reputation as one of the most affluent districts in Rio, while neighboring Copacabana caters for a younger, fun-loving crowd.

How to get to Rio de Janeiro

Galeão International Airport is the main international gateway to the city, while Santos Dumont Airport is used mainly for domestic flights, including transfers to São Paulo. For convenient travel between Galeão and downtown, use the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit). There are both direct and stopping services, offering easy access from many different areas of the city, as well as connections to the subway. Getting around the city center is easy and cheap using the bus network—vehicles with air-con cost extra, but it’s well worth it in the heat of the day.

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