What is central in Rio? Where is the best place to stay? It really depends on what you wish to get out of your stay. Most of tourists prefer to stay in one of the neighborhoods that belong to the South Zone of the city, called Zona Sul. This part includes neighborhoods such as Ipanema, Leblon, Copacabana, Urca and Botafogo. The rustic and cultural neighborhood of Santa Teresa is not close to the beach, but has a spectacular cultural life. If you are traveling with children and prefer to just enjoy the beach and a nice quiet condo, then Barra da Tijuca might be perfect spot for you and your family. If you are not sure of where you want to stay in Rio yet please read the following guide on where to stay in Rio.
Here we have gathered out top picks of hotel and hostels to stay in Rio in each neighborhood:
Ipanema is hip, cool and by far the most popular neighborhood to stay in for tourists in Rio. Here you have everything you need and always close to the beach. Click here to see some of top picks to stay in Ipanema.
Copacabana is one of the most famous beaches in the world and it was the very first neightborhood to exist in Rio. There was a time when Hollywood movies had their end in Rio, simply because this was the closest thing one could find to paradise. Click here for our top picks of places to stay in Copacabana.
The rustic and culturally rich neighborhood of Santa Teresa is not close to the beach, but has a spectacular cultural life. Do like one of the most prominent residents of Santa Teresa, Manu Chao, and live the bohemian lifestyle.
Barra da Tijuca
If you are traveling with children and prefer to just enjoy the beach and a nice quiet condo, then Barra da Tijuca, also referred to as Rio 2, might be perfect spot for you and your family. The beaches of Barra is also considered surfers paradise. Be aware as it might take an hour or more to get to Barra from the Airport.