When I first visited Copacabana, it made me realize how we’re not only fortunate to have such wonders to indulge on, but it also made me realize how there’s more to life than the usual routine we’re stuck with. The first time I heard Copacabana was from Barry Manilow, then it got me thinking, what’s with this beach that someone actually made a song for it?
So when the ship visited the port of Rio de Janeiro my curiosity got the best of me. I’ve let myself become spontaneous and explore myself one of the most popular beaches in the world, Copacabana! And I was in total awe!
Not only was I welcomed with fresh air and hospitable people, the view of the beach itself was just breathtaking. Aside from the comforting feel of the sand against my feet and literally ocean blue color of the water, I didn’t know it was possible to have historical infrastructures in the stretch of a beach that speaks of so much grandeur and luxury – the Copacabana Palace Hotel.
The Copacabana Palace Hotel is the most famous and luxurious hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It’s considered South America’s premier hotel, having received the rich and famous for the past 80 years. Facing the Copacabana Beach, the hotel features a semi-olympic swimming pool, an exclusive swimming pool for VIP guests located at the penthouse, a tennis court, fitness center, a 3-storey spa, two bars, a nightclub and two restaurants. Many famous people have been guests at the Copacabana Palace, including Madonna, Michael Jackson, Walt Disney, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Gina Lollobrigida, Brigitte Bardot, Diana, Princess of Wales and Luciano Pavarotti.
I never felt the awkward feeling of walking near the shore and renting a sun bed and enjoy the moment- it felt like I was a Brazilian local! I’ve totally enjoyed the noise coming from people playing beach volleyball, sun bathing and the sound of the waves hitting the white sandy shores. You think this would be totally bummed me out, but it didn’t, it felt weird that I consider this a music to my ears.
Just like any established beach, Copacabana has a lot of beach restaurants and pubs to choose from, offering a variety of foods to keep you full during your stay. But the real highlight of my stay there was when I’ve tried beach sports because I have to admit, playing sports is something I would do once in a blue moon or not at all. The locals of the Copacabana have bring out the athletic side in me and let me play beach volleyball with them although I know I was the sole reason we lose. But the experience itself made it felt like I won because not only it’s my first time to play beach volleyball, I’ve played beach volleyball with people I’ve known for the very first time and in a foreign country. There’s just an unexplainable feeling or bond that I’ve made with the people there like I’ve known them for quite some time.
Of course, I wouldn’t let myself leave Copacabana without having souvenirs that will remind me of the beautiful things I did there. There’s just a lot of souvenir shops to visit around. Rio Othon Hotel has a tourist fair open to all in the evening wherein they offer quality souvenirs.
If I were to go back to Copacabana, I wish it would be around New Year’s Eve. They said it’s one of the highlights of the beach for there are lots of people celebrating there and waiting for the awesome annual fireworks display to happen.
Millennial or not, we’re all craving and desperate for one exciting escape from reality of our demanding lifestyle. Sometimes a quick getaway wouldn’t hurt, it can actually help you in finding yourself and knowing that life should be live to the fullest.