The Ipanema Beach Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, termed by the Travel Channel as the sexiest beach in the world, became famous in the big hit song, The Girl from Ipanema in the 1960’s. This was brought back to our consciousness again with The Boy From Ipanema.
Strangely, Ipanema’s name, from the Tupi language, doesn’t evoke a sexy response at all since it literally means ‘stinky lake’.
Origin and Location
Ipanema was originally the land owned by the Baron of Sao Paulo. More recently, most of the land of Ipanema belonged to Baron Jose Antonio Morelo Filho. The location of the popular beach community is literally its own reason to attract visitors.
Ipanema is adjacent to the city of Copacabana and in the southern area of Rio de Janeiro. The city is spotted with privately owned world class shops and restaurants and cafes, a huge draw for tourists.
Visitors find the grid street layout easy to navigate. With all of the wonderful shopping, the city still is primarily a beach community which is the focal point of the city as a whole.
Surfing and Real Estate
The very popular beach front is crowded equally by the avid surfers and sun bathers.
The real estate in this community is also the highest price of any neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, with socially upward mobile professionals residing there.
Summer, Sunsets, Sporting
The beauty of this remarkable spot is enhanced by the presence of two mountains called Dios Irmaos (two brothers) at the west end of the beach. The evening sunset often draws and applause from the summer crowds.
In addition to relaxing in the sun, the crowds participate in sporting activities, including volley ball, football, and a locally conceived game called footvolley, which as the name suggests, is a combination of the two other popular sports.
Large numbers of people use the thoroughfare along the beach for bike riding, roller skating, and roller blading. The social enrichment of the community is fostered well by the presence of the university, art galleries, theaters, and cafes. Even in the winter, the spectacle of 9-foot waves is breathtaking.
For further information on this spectacular vacation spot please go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipanema,_Rio_de_Janeiro or http://www.rio.com/