In the 80s and 90s, Copacabana couldn't be slowed down. Cariocas (Rio natives) stretched for miles along the neighborhood's sandy coastline, and highly fashionable yet hardly visible bathing suits characterized this south Rio destination. Copacabana's fabulous crowds have since abated—many have migrated to the shores of neighboring beaches. Copacabana is still a culturally rich neighborhood, but for seaside relaxation or stylish shopping options, it's best to head west to Ipanema or Leblon.See places to stay Save this neighborhood
A Glamorous Past and An Aging Future
Copacabana is a vibrant neighborhood of Rio that never sleeps. There's always something happening, and always somewhere to go eat or drink. This movement and life of its own makes the neighborhood all the more special."
A Casual Daytime Paradise
Copacabana is the most beautiful beach in Rio and one of the world's most famous. In the neighborhood there are several restaurants, shops, bars, cafes, fairs and rapid transport to other parts of Rio, including bike rentals."
Off The Beach: Inside Copacabana
This is where it all happens. All big events, or any kind of concert or parade, are here. It's definitely the most lively area in all of Rio."
Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:
Andre is both a dentist and photographer, living in Rio de Janeiro. He has a huge passion for Rio, and after shooting this project for Airbnb, he is certain that there is no place as beautiful as the city placed between the mountain and the sea.
Fabio Blaser is a Swiss photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to Brazil, he graduated from the University of Plymouth in the UK. When not behind his camera, he enjoys the beaches, waterfalls, rainforest and Brazilian way of life. He loved the opportunity to shoot the wonderful tropical city that he is privileged to call home for Airbnb.
Sam Comen is a 32-year-old bon-vivant and LA native who counts Esquire, Details, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal among his clients. He has been awarded national grants and honors for his long-term portrait essays. On assignment in Rio de Janeiro for 11 days with Airbnb, Sam came to love and admire the city's environment, natural splendor, and the Cariocas' easy-going attitude.