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Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide


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Romance in Rio
Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

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Patricia Ribeiro

Updated on July 26, 2012

Rio de Janeiro is one of the sexiest and most romantic cities in the world. Here are some tips for couples on vacation in the Wonderful City.

Romantic Sightseeing in Rio

Take time for a bit of smooching at these places (some are free):
  • Corcovado
    You will find pockets of quiet even in a crowd, and the view will make you swoon.
  • Arpoador
    One of the best sunsets in Rio.
  • Lagoa
    Walk around hand in hand or, if you have a running routine together, keep it up here!

Most Romantic Places to Stay in Rio de Janeiro

Whether you prefer a large hotel or the more intimate feel of a pousada or guesthouse, Rio is dotted with amazing places for honeymoons and romantic escapades.

Santa Teresa, far from the sea but rich in character and history, with its old chácaras. charming guest houses and cable car, is one of the top districts for romantic stays in Rio.

  • La Suite (www.lasuiterio.com)
    Some of Rio's most amazing rooms and views are hidden in the city's mansions and condos. At La Suite, you're ushered into that world.
  • Le Relais de Marambaia (www.lerelaisdemarambaia.com.br)
    Luxury and privacy on an off-the-beaten-path beach.
  • Solar Real (Solar de Santa, www.solardesanta.com)
    July 2012 Update: The former Solar de Santa is now Solar Real and no longer a guesthouse. It's now a party and event venue.
  • Mama Ruisa (www.mamaruisa.com)
    Frenchman Jean-Michel Ruis has created a haven of beauty and elegance in Santa Teresa. Quiet and comfort await couples in rooms with large windows overlooking the gardens.
  • Casa Beleza (www.casabeleza.net)
    Another option in Santa Teresa for a romantic vacation - especially if you're young or looking for a place that won't break the bank. You'll have a private entrance and terrace.
  • Casa 32
    Hidden Largo do Boticário is the setting for this unique guesthouse with only two suites.

Great Romantic Restaurants in Rio

  • Blason
    July 26, 2012 Update: Blason is now open exclusively for events, with cuisine under chef Pierre Landry. But Casa de Arte e Cultura Julieta de Serpa has a new and just as wonderful restaurant: Paris, opened in July 2012.
  • Cipriani (www.copacabanapalace.com.br)
    Cuisine from Northern Italy at the Copa; children under 10 are not allowed.
  • Le Pré Catelan
    Stellar cuisine by chef Rolland Villard and great contemporary design with beach views.
  • Antiquarius
    Finest Portuguese food in glamourous rooms decorated with antiques.
  • Eñe
    Luscious décor and amazing Spanish food.
  • Atrium
    You can dress up a bit for lunch at Atrium, located inside Paço Imperial and favored by executives.
  • Confeitaria Colombo
    Take your love on a sweet journey back to Rio's Belle Époque.
  • Salitre Ipanema
    Guest author Débora Birn was charmed by this restaurant specialized in fine wines, a great choice for romantic dining which is likely to cause a good impression on a first date.
  • Yumê
    The most romantic Japanese restaurant in Rio.
  • Os Esquilos
    Brides and grooms love this unique place in the heart of the Tijuca Forest - you probably will too.

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