Beach marker on Arpoador Beach.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Ipanema & Leblon attractions

1. Praia Farme

0.28 MILES

In front of Rua Farme de Amoedo on Ipanema Beach is Praia Farme, the stomping ground for gay society in Rio.

2. Parque Garota de Ipanema

0.32 MILES

This small park next to Ponta do Arpoador features a tiny playground, a concrete area popular with skaters, and a lookout with a view of Ipanema Beach. On…

3. Elevador do Morro do Cantagalo

0.32 MILES

Connected to the metro station off Praça General Osório, this elevator whisks passengers up to Cantagalo, a favela that's wedged between Ipanema and…

4. Ponta do Arpoador


At the far eastern end of Av Vieira Souto, this rocky point juts out into the water and serves as one of Rio's best places for watching the sunset…

5. Praia de Diabo

0.46 MILES

This tiny hidden beach is located between Copacabana and Ipanema. Reach it by heading to the rocky outcropping of Arpoador and turning left. You'll see it…

6. Posto 9

0.52 MILES

Beach marker on Ipanema Beach.

7. Posto 6

0.52 MILES

Beach marker on Copacabana Beach.

8. Colônia dos Pescadores

0.53 MILES

At the southern end of Copacabana Beach you'll see fishing folk at work, if you go early enough, mending lines and hauling in the catch. There's a small…