Copacabana, Ipanema, Leme, Leblon and Barra are the main Rio de Janeiro's beaches and neighborhoods.
Restaurants, shopping and nightlife are especially located in Copacabana. The X-rated and gay bars, the sex tourism, are also there. At the northern extreme of Copacabana stands the internationally famous Rio’s de Janeiro red light district. Hundreds of nightclubs and bars, discos and clubs are lined up at the beach east (the heterosexual spots) and west (the homosexual bars).
Rio de Janeiro attractions
Ipanema, further south, and yet central, is a relaxed and romantic neighborhood, largely dependent and connected to its beach.
Barra, a bit more distant from downtown, is ideal for windsurf lovers (like Copacabana) and beach life.
The downtown is a key business and historical centre. Many of the museums and some historical buildings are in downtown. The head-offices of many important brazilian and foreign corporations are also located in downtown.
Paquetá Island, just in the middle of Guanabara bay, is an interesting travel spot, especially for those interested in nature. And the same can be said about Tijuca Forest, in the very outskirts of Rio, a good example of a well preserved Atlantic forest.
The Sugar Loaf and the Corcovado are also major Rio's travel attraction.
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Búzios and Angra dos Reis are excellent resort beaches, near Rio de Janeiro. They offer luxury and wide opportunities for sea-sports, swimming, good food and relaxing.
Cabo Frio, near Buzios, is another key beach resort.
Petropolis, in the mountains surrounding Rio de Janeiro, was once the summer residence of the ancient Brazilian royal family. Its palace and neighborhoods deserve a short visit.
Paraty, south of Angra dos Reis, is a colonial town, a Unesco Heritage Place and another major travel highlight.