Copacabana Beach

The Copacabana experience is about many things: rising early and going for a run along the sands; playing in the waves on a sun-drenched afternoon; or whiling away the evening over cocktails and appetizers at a beachfront kiosk. Regardless, you'll probably notice the incredibly seductive view: 4km of wide, curving sands framed by Rio's ubiquitous green peaks. Head uphill for even better views; rooftop bars and forts at either end of the beach make great settings for taking it all in.