It’s not uncommon to hear applause from beachgoers as the sun slips behind the mountains that frame Rio de Janeiro. The rocky peninsula of Arpoador, nestled between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, is the city’s most romantic spot to watch the sunset. Grab a beer from the nearby Zona Sul market to sip as you witness the mountains of Dois Irmãos begin to twinkle with lights as night takes over the city. During midsummer, Arpoador offers a chance to watch the sun set into the sea, a rarity on the city’s predominantly east-facing shores. Couples seeking a drier but equally romantic sunset can take a late afternoon cable car ride up to Sugarloaf Mountain and watch the day disappear.