London, United Kingdom
May 12, 2005
While the rest of the neighbourhood hasn't been able to maintain the same glamour and reputation as this landmark hotel, during the day, the beach is still definitely worth a visit, especially if you're staying nearby, as we were. Head for the stretch in front of the Copacabana Palace Hotel - this is the best-maintained area (other parts can be quite littered) and the part where you're least likely to be hassled by any undesirables. The water is clean, the sand is soft, and there are plenty of places to buy caipirinhas, green coconuts, and food. There are a few good places to eat here, too, although most of them are away from the seafront and Avenida Atlantica.
The Copacabana Street carnival starts off on the beach during Carnaval, but other than that, there didn't seem to be all that much activity here. If you're after drums and dancing on the beach, head for Ipanema, which is, overall, a nicer, cleaner, and far more glamorous beach.
From journal Carnival in Rio de Janeiro