"Copacabana-Beach and Surroundings" Copacabana Tip by besbel
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro: 108 reviews and 169 photos
This is by far one of my favorite places in Rio. It is true that its fame has declined. Some points (like Help disco) is the point of prostitutes, even the taxi drivers warn you about it. You cannot swim in Copacabana beach without getting hit, if lucky, to a plastic bottle, clothes or paper stuff. In addition, you cannot also expect to walk around past midnight, especially in the area of Barata Ribeiro street, without running into beggers sleeping or drunk people singing trying to get home.
But it still have its appeal and attraction in several points. It still hold a very variety of restaurantes a quilo (where you can get delicious food and meat by paying its weight) of good quality and cheap prices.
Besides, the area of Avenida Atlantica is not only beautiful, but also very safe, especially from Posto 4 to Posto 6 (don't know about Posto 1-3). Actually, I found it more stimulating to do jogging and walking in Avenida Atlantica than in rua Vieira Soto (next to Ipanema beach). You'll also find lots of people doing any types of activities in here.
The accomodation in this area is also reasonably priced, because they cannot longer compete with Ipanema or Leblon. Plus it is also safe, because most of the biggest hotels are located here and police circulate more frequently now to guarantee safety to tourists. I strongly recommed lodging here just if the place is in the beach or maximum two blocks away from the beach (till rua Nossa Senhora da Copacabana).
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