World's Top Waterfront Cities
Rio de Janeiro
What PPS Says: Grand and expansive, Rio’s beachfront is an awe-inspiring spectacle where the well-dressed meet the nearly
undressed. Its intricately designed promenade of black-and-white cobblestones,
studded with cafés and vendors, is a ceremonial place where those who want to
look can bond with those who want to be looked at.
What We Like: Rio, of course, is all about the beach. The paved waterfront
promenades teem with bikes, runners, and strolling couples. Groups of teenage
boys call out to passing girls, while vendors hawk beer and coconut water.
Spend just one day at the beach (and try to head back down at dusk, when the
Cariocas who worked show up to unwind), and you’ll understand why the very
words Ipanema and Copacabana have become the stuff of legend.