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Ipanema Beach and Neighborghood

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema beach and the neighborhood with the same name got international fame withe the song "Girl from Ipanema". The beach can be found between the beaches of Arpoador and Leblon and has a beautiful view on the "two brothers" (Dois Irmãos), two mountains who give the western side of the beach a marvelous horizon. The beach itself is used for all kinds of leisure and sports. The name of the neighborhood itself comes from the tupi-guarani Indians, Ipanema means "bad water", bad water because the water is to violent to find fish near the beach.


The development of the South Zone only started after the arrival of the Portuguese court in 1808 when the population of the city grew so fast that the city grounds had to be expanded. The court preferred to be heading north, toward the Tijuca Forest, while the diplomatic corps preferred the South Zone, where there were only a few fishing villages. The neighborhood of Ipanema began after the founding of the Villa Ipanema in 1894 by Baron of Ipanema. Although Ipanema started developing before Leblon, the Ipanema area also belonged to the French Charles Le Blond, who sold it to Francisco José Fialho, which in turn sold them to the Baron of Ipanema in 1878. Interested to parcel out the  region, the Baron of Ipanema set out the squares Marechal Floriano Peixoto (now Praça General Osório) and Valadares and Colonel (now Our Lady of Peace) furthermore he laid out the basic grid for the street plan as it is in Ipanema today. 
The 60's was the period of exponential growth for Ipanema. Houses were replaced by buildings. And nowadays it is a very trendy neighborhood with lots of exclusive shops and restaurants. Together with Leblon it is one of the more expensive neighborhoods to live in Rio de Janeiro.


  • "The girl of Ipanema" was written in 1962, with music by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes with English lyrics written later by Norman Gimbel.
  • Near Rua Farme de Amoedo part of the beach is called "the gay beach", this very gay friendly part of the beach can be found very easily, just look for the rainbow flags on the beach.
  • During winter time the waves can be between 10 and 15 feet high, with pretty clean water, great for surfing.
  • Posto 9 is one of the most exciting points of this beach. Since the 60's when Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes immortalized Ipanema, the place is the point of encounter of celebrities, soccer players, artists, and models.
  • Every Sunday or holiday, the lanes closest to the beach are closed to motor vehicles and local residents and tourists can ride their bikes, roller skates, skateboards or walk along the ocean.


  • Public showers - at the lifeguard station (Posto x).
  • Public bathrooms - at the lifeguard station (Posto x).
  • Food and beverages.
  • Bars and Restaurants.
  • Lifeguards
  • Chairs and umbrellas for rent on the beach.
  • bycicle paths.

How to get there:

General Osório Station.


From Copacabana
From Leme