Arpoador Beach is one of the most renowned beaches in Rio de Janeiro. A small beach, it can be found between Ipanema and Copacabana and is best known for its surfing culture. Spotlights are even in place to light up the waves so surfers can take to the water at night. Since Arpoador Beach can be found at a point, the waves are fairly consistent, and if you aren't up for surfing, a rocky outcrop provides an excellent vantage point for watching the surfers do their thing. Surfboards are available for rent if the temptation to tackle the waves is strong, and you can also take some lessons if you please.
A small park of sorts backs the relatively small Praia do Arpoador, as this beach is known locally. Hiking trails wind their way up the hills and rocky outcrops provide great places to not only watch the surfers, but the wonderful sunsets as well. When you're not checking out the surfers or the sunsets from the rocks at Arpoador Beach, you might see what the fishermen are up to. Anglers with long poles are often present at the beach, and they tend to have a lot of success when it comes to plucking fish from the Atlantic Ocean.
One of the great things about Arpoador Beach is its location. This small beach is next to the more famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, and it doesn't take long to get to beautiful Leblon Beach either. The hotels near Arpoador beach are understandably popular with tourists, and some of the best can be found in the neighboring neighborhoods of Ipanema and Copacabana. In fact, these two neighborhoods are home to the biggest collection of Rio hotels.
As for hotels near Arpoador Beach that offer the best access to this popular surfing hot spot, they include the Arpoador Inn, which is among the best oceanfront hotels in the area for budget travelers. There's also the Arpoador Beach House if you are looking to save money on lodging while staying in the most popular part of town. This hostel includes breakfast in its low rates, and the facilities include a communal kitchen and a rooftop terrace.