Spent the last four days of my trip to Rio on this quieter side of the beaches. Copacabana is located on the other side of the point and is much more touristy and gaudy. I preferred the Ipanema side and Arpoador specifically. This beach is popular with local surfers and is fun to spend time watching them catch waves. I tried to catch a few myself with no real luck. Arpoador Inn is located on this stretch and is the only hotel where you are able to stay directly on the causeway and avoid crossing the busy street the other hotels are on. We splurged and got an ocean view room. Well worth it!