Home to beaches, universities, galleries, elegant restaurants and hip nightclubs.

Ipanema shares a border with Copacabana, but this world-class beach destination is more poised than its south Rio counterpart. Like a samba that swings so cool, this neighborhood is known for culturally enriching contributions and nonstop parties. Ipanema is home to universities, art galleries, elegant restaurants, hip nightclubs, and a robust cafe culture. The neighborhood’s mix of vocations creates a colorful beachside dynamic—students, surfers, professionals, and a thriving LGBT population frequents its sandy banks.

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On the Map

Ipanema is bordered by Lagoa, Leblon, and Copacabana

Galeão International Airport: 27 minutes by cab without traffic
Santos Dumont Domestic Airport: 21 minutes by cab without traffic
Lapa: 23 minutes by cab or 40 minutes by metro
Sugar Loaf Cable Car: 14 minutes by cab or 35 minutes by bus
Corcovado's Train Station: 13 minutes by cab or 50 minutes by bus

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

More Stylish Than Copacabana: Ipanema's Coastal Culture

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Ipanema is life as a painting. In this seaside neighborhood, tan skin contrasts white sand and blue water.

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Ipanema is a place to relax.

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It's a place to walk.

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And a place to be proud.

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Although the neighborhood induces a calm atmosphere, Ipanema's inhabitants never seem to lack energy.

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Surfing, setting, and sunning are just a few favorite pastimes.

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In this neighborhood, one thing is certain.

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You won't be alone along the shore of Ipanema.

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Where Cariocas Find Their Style

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Boutiques and specialty stores crowd the neighborhood.

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From designer spices to designer shoes, you can find it all in Ipanema.

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Buyer, beware. You can spend it all, too.

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Dining Is Sweet In Ipanema

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In Rio, time takes a little longer. In Ipanema, you're meant to linger.

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Linger over a cup of coffee or a conversation with friends.

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Linger over the pastry case at the local cafe.

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Whatever you do, just make sure you linger.

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The Human Connection

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In Ipanema, locals don't spend much time worrying. Instead, they spend their time with one another.

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At the beach, on the street, in the park, or at the counter, time together is time well spent.

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Crossing the street or coasting the boardwalk, embrace a slow pace.

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The neighborhood's inviting atmosphere encourages people to share.

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In Ipanema, sidewalks become stages, beaches become venues, and friends become audiences. And still, the best part remains.

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You're all there together.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Andre Joaquim

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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

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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

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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.