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About Arpoador

On the southern side of Rio de Janeiro, Arpoador is a region of outstanding coastal beauty located on a small peninsula between the districts of Ipanema and Copacabana, famous for its spectacular views of the sea and mountains. Visitors and tourists alike flock to the area to enjoy the sun, sand and incredible sunsets, which combine to form a perfect natural scene at one of the most iconic spots in the city. Connected to surrounding beaches and the city streets, Arpoador is a central hub and popular meeting place, making it the ideal location for visitors to experience the unique essence of Rio de Janeiro.

Perhaps the most popular way to embrace Arpoador is to go surfing, and visitors can rent boards and equipment to ride the often three-metre high waves, although it is also satisfying to watch them powerfully break upon the sands from a distance. In the evening, visitors can enjoy the sea view sunset or walk along the sands and relax in the scattered cafes, enjoying the view with a cold Brazilian beer or local cocktail. Apart from surfing, another key activity of Arpoador is walking, as there is a popular four-kilometre walk along the coast ending at the rock which protrudes into the sea. Around the beach, visitors can also dine at many restaurants and taste the local cuisine, such as seafood or bananas and ice-cream, shop at some of the nearby sports stores or simply sunbathe on the sunny sands.

There are numerous bus stops along the beach and nearby road promenade in the area of Arpoador, with buses going from the central train station of Rio de Janeiro to the coastline. It is just over an hour journey on public transport from Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport, which is the main airport serving the city, but only takes 30 minutes for drivers.

The rock of Arpoador was once used by fishermen to harpoon whales in the sea, giving it its current name, which translated from Portuguese means “the harpoon thrower”. Now, the area is protected by the Municipal Historical Heritage, and its native wildlife and plant life are preserved by the Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Copacabana and Arpoador Promontories.

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Miramar Hotel by Windsor

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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Superb, 9.2
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Situated within walking distance of Ipanema-General Osorio Metro Station, Miramar Hotel by Windsor provides guests with a convenient base while in Rio de Janeiro. It has a fitness centre, as well as a rooftop terrace, an outdoor pool and a butler service.

Grand Mercure Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

Grand Mercure Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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Good, 7.9
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Boasting a swimming pool, a sauna and an outdoor pool, Grand Mercure Rio de Janeiro Copacabana is situated in Rio de Janeiro and provides comfortable accommodation. Only a short walk from Copacabana Beach, it offers contemporary rooms equipped with a mini bar, a private bathroom and free wireless internet access.

Atlantis Copacabana Hotel

Atlantis Copacabana Hotel
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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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Very Good, 8.1
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Boasting a rooftop terrace, a rooftop pool and a sauna, Atlantis Copacabana Hotel is located in Rio de Janeiro and offers modern accommodation. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is within walking distance from Ipanema-General Osorio Metro Station.

Orla Copacabana Hotel

Orla Copacabana Hotel
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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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Very Good, 8.0
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Situated a short stroll from Ipanema-General Osorio Metro Station, Orla Copacabana Hotel offers guests a convenient base when in Rio de Janeiro. It offers a swimming pool, a sauna and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Hotel Vermont Ipanema

Hotel Vermont Ipanema
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Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
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Good, 7.6
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Located within a 10-minute walk of Ipanema-General Osorio Metro Station, Hotel Vermont Ipanema is a convenient base when visiting Rio de Janeiro. It is ideally positioned for guests wishing to visit local attractions.

Sol Ipanema Hotel

Sol Ipanema Hotel
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Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
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Very Good, 8.2
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Recently refurbished, Sol Ipanema Hotel provides for all modern comforts and boasts a rooftop terrace, free Wi-Fi and a rooftop pool. It is also minutes from Rio de Janeiro's popular attractions.

Windsor Martinique

Windsor Martinique
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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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Very Good, 8.4
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Windsor Martinique is located in Rio de Janeiro and features a rooftop terrace. The multiple facilities this vibrant hotel offers include an outdoor pool, a 24-hour reception and a sun deck.

Rio Design Hotel

Rio Design Hotel
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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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Good, 7.9
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Rio Design Hotel offers unique accommodation in Rio de Janeiro and is a few minutes on foot from Ipanema-General Osorio Metro Station. Those staying at the property have access to a sauna and a hair salon.

Copa Sul Hotel

Copa Sul Hotel
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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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Good, 7.9
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Copa Sul Hotel offers modern accommodation in Rio de Janeiro and is within walking distance of Ipanema-General Osorio Metro Station. It is conveniently located for those wanting to visit local attractions.

Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro

Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
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Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
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Superb, 9.0
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Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro provides a modern setting when in Rio de Janeiro. It also features a sauna, a rooftop terrace and an outdoor pool.

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