Welcome to Balneário Camboriú
Balneário Camboriú is considered a poor man’s Rio. Indeed, it has a giant Christ statue, beautiful beaches, hopping nightlife and a long stretch of skyscraper-lined sand that suspiciously mirrors Copacabana right down to its name – Av Atlântica – all for a fraction of Copacabana prices. Truth be told, Camboriú is really a carbon copy of Copacabana except for one caveat: it's much newer, so the city's infrastructure, from gaudy high-rise hotels to trendy street-level bars, is all in much better shape. But the vibe is forced and unsophisticated at times, and can often feel like it's one big cliché.
Camboriú is known for being as gay-friendly as Rio, and also for its teleférico (cable car) connecting a large central morro (hill) with not one, but two beaches – apparently the only one of its kind in the world.