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Marine Places

Copacabana Beach

One of the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana Beach is a wide, gently curving stretch of sand between two headlands. Behind the beach lies the city of Rio de Janeiro, with green, luxuriant hills in the hinterland. The beach is crowded much of the year and is known for its beach sports and New Year’s Eve firework displays. The sea area off the beach is not always recommended for swimming, due to strong currents.

Copacabana Beachzoom image
  • Atlantic Ocean Southwest
  • Type Embayed, dissipative beach
  • Composition White sand
  • Length 2 miles (4 km)
  • Location Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil
Copacabana Beach habitat mapzoom image