Ipanema is a gathering point, not only during the day, when people go there for the sea, but also during the night, for sports like football(soccer) and beach volley.
There´s also a great night life, since it´s on of the most sophisticated area from the city. With many Bars, Stores, Quiosques(Small places that usually sell drinks, coconuts or fast food) and night clubs.
Ipanema is a symbol of Rio, it´s has a great beach, a big city area, and a great night life. Who could ask for more? This is a must see, if you are in Rio.
If you wanna know more about Rio, including Ipanema, I suggest this site:
http://www.ipanema.com/ Don´t worry, it´s in english
And here, a list of hotels in Rio:Hotel: Le Meridien Copacabana *****
Address: Av. Atlântica, 1020 - Copacabana Beach
Tel: (55-21) 3873-8888
Reservations: in Rio: (55-21) 3873-8850 Fax: (55-21) 3873-8777
Comments: Breakfast not included. 20 minutes from the international airport and 15 minutes from downtown. Fitness centre, sauna and movie theatre.
Hotel: Sheraton Rio Hotel & Towers *****
Address: Av. Niemeyer, 121 - Leblon Beach
Tel.: (55-21) 2274-1122
Reservations: (55-21) 2529-1144
Fax.: (55-21) 2274-8042
Comments: Breakfast included. Three swimming pools, three tennis courts and a fitness centre.
Hotel: Sofitel Rio Palace Hotel *****
Address: Av. Atlântica, 4240 - Copacabana Beach
Tel.: (55-21) 2525-1232
Fax.: (55-21) 2525-1230
Comments: Breakfast not included. 10 meetings rooms, pool, wet and dry sauna, fitness centre, shopping and beauty parlour. 15 minutes from Downtown. 12km from Santos Dumont Airport and 26km from Galeão Airport.
Hotel: Excelsior Copacabana Hotel ****
Address: Av. Atlântica, 1800 - Copacabana Beach
Tel: (55-21) 2195-5800
Fax: (55-21) 2257-1850
Comments: Breakfast included. Swimming pool, fitness lounge and sauna. Ten minutes from downtown or from the domestic airport; and 20 minutes from the international airport.
Hotel: Hotel InterContinental Rio ****
Address: Av.Pref.Mendes de Morais, 222 - São Conrado Beach
Tel: (55-21) 3323- 2200
Fax: (55-21) 3322-5500
Comments: Breakfast not included. Three swimming pools, three tennis courts, a seaside jogging and cycle path, a gymnasium and sauna.
Hotel: Hotel Marina Palace ****
Address: Av. Delfim Moreira, 630 - Leblon Beach
Tel: (55-21) 2172-1000
Fax: (55-21) 2172-1010
Comments: Breakfast included. Pool and bar, 24 hour room service, laundry and beauty shop. Right in front of Leblon beach.
Well this is it friends. untill next post...