Thousands of tourists flock to this world-famous beach each year to sun themselves among the sea of Cariocas in Brazilian bikinis. The beach runs for 2.2 miles and is dotted with bars, stands selling fresh coconut water, and volleyball courts. Parallel to the water, camera-happy visitors will delight in the famous promenade with its black-and-white wave design, created by Roberto Burle Marx in 1970. It is a must-see in Rio, and boasts some of the city's most famous spots like the Copacabana Palace Hotel. But: locals will tell you to avoid it all at night, when it's over-crowded, touristy, and seedy.