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:

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  • 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.