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Bebel Gilberto at Brasil Summerfest in Central Park

Bossa nova diva Bebel Gilberto loves Caipirinha cocktails, sexy Narciso Rodriguez gowns, and remote Brazilian beaches. Born in Manhattan and raised in Rio, the singer-songwriter frequently bops between the two. This Saturday, July 21, she headlines a free concert 3-7 p.m.on Central Park's SummerStage to kick off Brasil Summerfest, a week-long festival celebrating the newest generation of Latin American musicians. Gilberto, who contributed a track to Red Hot + Rio, will perform favorites like Bob Marley’s “The Sun is Shining."

Gilberto tells T+L where she cools off during summer tour breaks:

Casa Restaurant (72 Bedford St., NYC) for Caipirinhas.
“Always with vodka.”

Bira (Caminho da Vendinha 68, Rio de Janeiro; +55/21-2410-8304).
It’s on the beach in secluded Guaratiba. I always order the fish stew cooked in a stone pot.”

Coqui Coqui in Tulum, Mexico.
“Whenever I can’t get down to Rio. The spa has a gorgeous orange blossom oil massage.”

Shane Mitchell is Travel + Leisure's special correspondent.

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