Seeing this boy framed by bikini bottoms seemed to sum up the spirit of Copacabana – locals going for a swim in what was literally a sea of tourists. His ‘never say die’ attitude caught my attention as he braved the waves again and again. Standing on the beach proper, I finally caught him staring down the ocean one final time, daring it to try and throw him out again...
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No trip to Rio de Janeiro is complete without a couple days lounging on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Vendors stroll past selling coconut water from whole coconuts and other snacks and drinks. The views of the surrounding mountains are beautiful and the people watching is amazing.