The Arpoador Beach in Rio de Janeiro is wedged between the most famous shorelines of Copacabana and Ipanema. Wedged and smaller, since it extends “only” 500 meters, which in Rio is not considered to be much. The beach at Arpoado is not only beautiful but also known as the surfer’s beach, here you can find the best conditions to practice this sport. The difficulty, however, takes place with the locals, given the overcrowding and the fact that the point to catch the wave is quite small.
The name of the beach, which originally meant only the rock by the sea, comes from the Portuguese arpoar, harpoon. In fact, it’s said that this could be harpooning whales in their steps to the shore. But Arpoador is also famous because, in the middle of summer, you can watch the sun set over the ocean, in general, a rare occurrence on the Brazilian coast. On these occasions, the crowds gathers on the beach until sunset is full of His Majesty the Sun People come here just to take a walk, even on the rocks where small paths facilitate the walk and admire the sea from one of the many bars that are in the area.
Arpoador Beach on the map
By Alba V