beach life, Neighborhoods, Outdoor activities, Sightseeing

Catch the sunset at Arpoador

Arpoador – or The Harpoon Thrower – is a stretch of land in the Southern part of Rio de Janeiro, like a border between Ipanema and Copacabana neighborhoods. The small rocky peninsula, which gives the area its name, overlooks the wonderful Leblon and Ipanema beaches and the magnificent the Two Brothers mountain.

Easy to climb, the rock is the perfect spot for watching the sunset, which often ends in a round of applause.

It is also a venue to watch the fierce competitive surfers, in what is considered to be the best metropolitan surf zone of Rio de Janeiro. Or to engage in the activity of catching some perfect waves, if you are surfer. The powerful lights allow night surfing as well.

The Arpoador beach starts at Posto 8 past Rua Francisco Bhering. The lane towards the beach is car free,  perfect for sightseeing walks. A number of bars, restaurants and cafés make the place a great destination to watch the surfers or the sun going down.

At the end of Rua Francisco Bhering, lays the beautiful Garota de Ipanema Park, with a hilly top with another great view over the surroundings and a skating bowl.

The left side of the rock, while facing the ocea, and towards Copacabana is the little surprise Diabo beach, partially opened to public. The Sugarloaf Mountain is also visible from the rock.


Praia de Diabo, Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro

Eat and drink

Several bars and restaurants are opened next to the pedestrian walk besides the beach, where one can enjoy a cold drink while watching the sun going down.

Top tips

  • Arpoador is the best surf metropolitan area. On medium to big E swell, lefts can reach 3m (10ft) and the best way to avoid crowds is to come surfing at night since the beach is lit.
  • The beach area is very popular amongst locals and tourists for watching the sun going down, while enjoying a drink with friends. Bring your own bottle or take a seat in a nearby bar, the sunset watching is a must do.
  • Climbing the Arpoador rock is very easy, lots of paths allowing to go on top, for that perfect selfie.
  • It is supposed to be the best spot to watch sea storms. Just make sure you are not too close to the edge of the rock – you might get splashed or even wiped away by the waves.
  • A lovely echo market with fresh veggies and fruits takes place right next to the Garota de Ipanema Park every Thursday, from early morning to 1.30 in the afternoon.