Leblon Beach is basically a smaller version of Ipanema Beach. In fact, the two beaches actually form one longer beach. Allah's Garden, which is a small park set around a channel, is the dividing line for the Leblon and Ipanema neighborhoods. The channel connects the open ocean to the large lake of Lagoa. The lake is set behind the neighborhoods of Ipanema and Leblon, helping to make the area among the most popular places to both live and visit in all of Brazil.
Leblon Beach in Rio is one of the most affluent places to spend some time while in town. Ritzy high-rise apartment buildings line the beach, and thanks in part to the fact that both Ipanema and Copacabana are so close by, finding hotels near Leblon Beach isn't hard. Beach life in Leblon Beach is a little more relaxed than Ipanema and Copacabana. That being said, it can get crowded, especially on summer weekends. All in all, this gently sloping, white-sand beach is a good place for families to set up for the day, though that doesn't mean that you shouldn't expect to see beautiful Rio girls sunbathing or tanned guys trying to get their attention on occasion.
Running along Leblon Beach in Rio is a sidewalk that connects to the beachfront sidewalk in Ipanema. This sidewalk is raised a bit in parts, and some visitors take to sitting on it when looking to take a break from the sand. The main use for the sidewalk at Leblon Beach, however is for walking, jogging, cycling, and skating. Also set behind part of the beach in Leblon is small overlook that is akin to a deck. This overlook is a great place to check out panoramic views of both Leblon and Ipanema. On the western side of Leblon Beach, the stunningly beautiful peak of Morro dos Irmaos adds considerable depth to the overall scene.
Leblon Beach certainly has its charms. As if a beautiful beach wasn't enough, the neighborhood boasts some of the best restaurants in the city, and the nightlife is renowned to boot. It's no wonder that so many tourists look to stay at hotels near Leblon Beach.
In addition to checking out the hotels in Ipanema and hotels in Copacabana when looking to stay close to Leblon Beach in Rio, you can also keep the hotels in Leblon proper in mind. Among the very best hotels near Leblon Beach is the Marina Palace. Set right in front of this affluent neighborhood's beautiful beach, this hotel could hardly enjoy a better location. If attractive and comfortable rooms that feature perks such as a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, a CD player, a mini bar, high-speed Internet access, cozy robes, and spa tub sound good to you, then the Marina Palace can make for an excellent Rio travel base.