Rio-de-Janeiro is worldwide known in terms of its beaches by the now immortal “The Girl of Ipanema” song. The famed lyrics composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes slowly became not only an anthem of Rio´s beach culture but also of the Brazilian woman. As a native Carioca, born and raised in Rio-de-Janeiro, I have to express my “disagreement” with the overrated allegation that only in Ipanema we can find the beautiful girls: In Rio
, we can find muses just about any beach…
Above, we see a the Girl of Rio de Janeiro
...Did you know the term "Bossa Nova" was used of the first time at the Flamengo district
, and not in Ipanema?!
In the city blessed by all Gods, whose nature was admired by naturalist Darwin, European painter Jean-Baptist Debrét and American explorer Harriet Chalmers, the Brazilian beautiful girls
are not only at or from Ipanema Beach, but thankfully from several neighborhoods. To prove our argument, Belavista-Rio decided to investigate and post a series of articles describing some of Rio-de-Janeiro´s hottest beach points. Some of these include Pepê surfers peak Barra Beach, Leme beach, Leblon´s Safeguard # 11, and recently a small spot at the Flamengo Beach
Although my thoughts could be biased, since this where I live, the Flamengo-Beach and neighborhood itself has been going through an up-rise in terms of the beauties´ presence. I will explain why: Before, Ipanema and Leblon were the main areas for spotting the marvelous “Rio girls next door”
since most of the nightlife activities were centered there. Since 2001, new bars and restaurants have been opening all over town, like the new chain of botecos Belmonte, Devassa which also established themselves at the Flamengo-District
. Because of this Flamenggo has been increasingly searched (like the Lapa Region) not only by tourists, but by locals for their hang-out spots. Consequently, locals need not to go to other beaches to meet their friends.
Also, the Flamenggo-Beach
, once completely polluted, now show hopes for survival, (see photos below ). Sometimes I see small fish close to the sand: Maybe the reason why “Ipanema type” girls are back to the beach. Surely the beautiful girls in Rio are in Ipanema
, but also in Leblon, Lagoa, Botafogo, Barra, Leme Beaches...And better, in a natural and non posy way!
Above, the Flameng-Beach
In terms of a specific area, since the Flameng Beach
has over 1.5 mile, your shot would be close to the Porcão Restaurant “wing” of the beach (looking from the beach to the bay, your extreme right hand side). There is a large sun tent called “Point da Galera” ( that sells beer & Guaraná ) where the local sports fans, jocks, and the Rio beautiful girls tan themselves! I hope once in Rio you are able to check out for yourself what I am saying at Flamengo-Beach. Once last advice, don´t forget your sunglasses! As you will see, the Girl of Rio-de-Janeiro
can be everywhere, and not only in Ipanema!