The Beach Guide

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach - Brazil
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The mere mention of the name Ipanema Beach conjures thoughts of a perfect tropical setting, beautiful bronzed bodies, acres of powder-white sand and the alluring ocean blue. You won’t be disappointed, except for the setting, because Rio?s southern latitude - just north of the Tropic of Capricorn - means it is merely sub-tropical. However, that never stopped anyone and Ipanema is still the crowning glory of Rio de Janeiro?s many famous attractions for fun-loving, sun-worshipping beach enthusiasts.

Ipanema is sandwiched between the equally fabulous Leblon and Copacabana beaches to the west and north respectively, making this combined stretch of sand one of the best known around the world. In this Latino city of pulsating action, life is centred around the beach. Visitors and locals like to pass the day lapping up the sun, plunging into the surf, or just watching the world and his wife pass by. Beach lovers will have no shortage of beach gear to hire ? brightly coloured beach chairs and umbrellas for example. For the thirsty, sales of “bem gelada” (very cold) Brazilian beer are available at designated spots. No worries about the large crowds that flock to Ipanema on a hot day, because the beach frontage is generously wide and plenty long enough (4.3 miles / 6.9 km). The area is clean and well maintained.

Ipanema Beach fronts the affluent suburb bearing the same name (except for the “beach” bit) and this seafront area is the favoured destination for Rio’s trendy and wealthy. Accommodation and shops abound in the area, and there are more bars, cafes and restaurants than you will ever get around to sampling - if you do like bars, be sure to track down Garota de Ipanema.

Keep in mind that the Ipanema area only really wakes up after dark with its nightlife a major attraction, making it very popular among the high society of Rio de Janeiro. Best advice? Try to avoid working yourself too hard on visually stunning Ipanema Beach while the sun is up?

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Ipanema Beach Weather Info

Mon 17th
Light rain showers 29°C / 84°F
Tue 18th
Fair 29°C / 84°F
Wed 19th
Partly cloudy 27°C / 81°F
Thu 20th
Partly cloudy 27°C / 81°F
Fri 21st
Rain showers 27°C / 81°F
Sat 22nd
Rain 24°C / 75°F

5 Day Ipanema Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Ipanema Beach tide times & sea state

  • Mon 17/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 17/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 5mph
    12:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
    18:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 15mph
    Tide times
    High 12:38am (2.60m)
    Low 5:32am (1.92m)
    High 8:20am (2.41m)
    Low 5:29pm (1.30m)
    Daylight
    First light05:18
    Sunrise05:41
    Sunset18:32
    Dark18:55
  • Tue 18/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 18/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
    12:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 9mph
    18:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
    Tide times
    High 1:57am (2.83m)
    Low 6:18am (1.72m)
    High 10:14am (2.30m)
    Low 6:14pm (0.87m)
    Daylight
    First light05:19
    Sunrise05:42
    Sunset18:31
    Dark18:54
  • Wed 19/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 19/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 9mph
    12:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 8mph
    18:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 14mph
    Tide times
    High 2:31am (3.02m)
    Low 7:01am (1.52m)
    High 11:40am (2.58m)
    Low 7:00pm (0.51m)
    Daylight
    First light05:19
    Sunrise05:42
    Sunset18:30
    Dark18:53
  • Thu 20/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 20/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 7mph
    12:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 5mph
    18:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 7mph
    Tide times
    High 2:38am (3.17m)
    Low 7:47am (1.31m)
    High 12:22pm (2.93m)
    Low 7:51pm (0.22m)
    Daylight
    First light05:20
    Sunrise05:43
    Sunset18:29
    Dark18:52
  • Fri 21/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 21/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 2mph
    12:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
    18:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 1mph
    Tide times
    High 2:28am (3.34m)
    Low 8:28am (1.09m)
    High 1:08pm (3.29m)
    Low 8:36pm (0.00m)
    Daylight
    First light05:20
    Sunrise05:43
    Sunset18:29
    Dark18:52
  • Sat 22/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 22/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 5mph
    12:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 10mph
    18:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
    Tide times
    High 2:38am (3.53m)
    Low 9:00am (0.91m)
    High 2:00pm (3.66m)
    Low 9:12pm (-0.10m)
    Daylight
    First light05:21
    Sunrise05:44
    Sunset18:28
    Dark18:51

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