The wavy pavement pattern in black and white marble
Paddling in the sea
Copacabana is easily accessible by underground. Disembark at Siqueira Campos station, which is located at the very heart of the neighbourhood and only 4 blocks from the beach. The first-kilometre stretch of the beach, Praia do Leme, is much quieter. Across from the luxurious Hotel Windsor Atlantica security guards keep an eye on the beach, as swimming here can be dangerous: the waves are strong, the sea bottom has a steep drop-off and currents are often treacherous. Yet paddling is just as nice and refreshing.
The picturesque Praia de Copacabana
Copacabana is depicted on many postcards – mainly because of its beautiful beach and striking pavement pattern. Day in and day out thousands of Cariocas and tourists stroll and jog on the famous wavy mosaic pavement in black and white marble, designed by Roberto Burle Marx. The beach is the place to tan, play footvolley and flirt. Beach bars sell chilled coconuts, ice-cold Brahma beer and freshly made caipirinhas. During the day, locals and tourists flock to the beachside boulevard to shop and eat; after sunset, they dance the night away in the hottest night clubs south of Havana. Life is fabulous on Copacabana beach.