Ipanema: To the south of Rio de Janeiro, between Leblon and Arpoador, lies the famous Ipanema beach. Antonio Carlos Jobim Airport is the closest domestic airport. Famous for its bikini innovations, this beach is called "the sexiest" by locals mainly because of its posh feel and socialite culture. Sit at the many bars and cafes on the beachfront, enjoying the exquisite scenery, or amuse yourself with diverse activities such as rollerblading, frescoball and the most popular game, footvolley, a combination of football and volleyball invented by locals.
If you are in samba land for the World Cup, get sun-kissed on the country's best beaches