Copacabana
Who goes… Eager tourists, local families, and leathery octogenarians (still proudly rocking their bitsy bikinis).

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Ipanema
Who goes… Glamazons, playboys, and the privileged, surgically enhanced Cariocas of central Zona Sul.

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Leblon
Who goes… Volleyball players, footballers, skaters, surfers, and anyone else who puts exercise above tanning.

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Barra da Tijuca
Who goes… Kitesurfers, soccer stars, and very few tourists (it’s a 25-minute taxi or bus ride from Zona Sul).

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Joatinga
Who goes… Rio’s cool crowd, including surfers, their hangers-on, tokers, dog-lovers, and the neighborhood’s well-to-do villa owners.

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Prainha
Who goes… families and Cariocas who could care less about the see-and-be-seen scene.

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