We rented cycles(around Rs 400 per hour) from near our hotel in Copa Cabana and went to Ipenema beach nearby. This beach was bustling as there was a concert going on. The Ipenema beach is also famous for a Sunday Market where you get ordinary stuff for dirt cheap prices.
If you're a beach person like me you'll love the sand & waves that line the coasts of Rio. Our first morning in the city,we drove straight to Ipanema beach. We jumped right into high waves & were tossed around. Right by the beach front, there are jogging & cycling tracks, and cycles for rent at 5 reals per hour . We rented cycles from one beach & deposited them off at the other. Must see beaches are Ipanema , copacabana & leblon. We spent most of our time on this beach due to overcrowd on the copacabana.
This beautiful beach was made famous through a popular song: The Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema) by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes. Ipanema Beach also has a very good location, near Copacabana Beach, but it is very distinct from its neighbor. The Ipanema beach features world-class restaurants, shops, and cafes and is one of the most expensive places to live in Rio.