Thousands of visitors gather on this 4 kilometers stretch of sand, day and night. It is lined up with restaurants and bars, shops and luxurious hotels, like the historic Copacabana Palace, or modern 5 stars hotels. This is the place to experience the Brazilian nightlife, as the parties last all night.

The beach stretches from Posto Dois (lifeguard tower 2) to Posto Seis (lifeguard tower 6). Beside swimming and sunbathing, volleyball and foot volleyball are popular activities. At one end of the beach there is also a museum you can visit and a restaurant with great views.

Avenue Atlantica (Avenida Atlântica) is the famous white and black wavy mosaic promenade that fronts the beach, full of roller skaters and joggers.

It is no surprise that in the most touristy place in Rio everyone is trying to make a dime. From vendors selling shirts, towels and everything that you could take home with you as a souvenir, to entertainers and sand artists, creating the most beautiful sand sculptures you've seen. On Sunday, the main street is closed to drivers, as the Sunday market takes place, and people roam freely through the stands. You can find everything imaginable at the Sunday market.

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