Sensuality is the fabric of daily life in Rio de Janeiro. With skimpy clothes in the intense heat and the hip-shaking samba that courses relentlessly through the streets, it creates a charged atmosphere that is exciting and sexy to share as a couple, and also offers quieter moments for intense romance. Create some incomparable memories that you’ll share as a couple for years to come with our guide for couples in Rio.
Watch a Sunset
For a simple yet unforgettable date, watch one of Rio’s spectacular sunsets. After spending the day on Ipanema beach, wander over to Arpoador, the large rock that marks the beginning of Ipanema, and take a seat. The sun slowly descends next to Two Brothers Mountain, scattering shades of pinks and orange across the sea and sky. One of the other most rewarding spots to see the sunset is from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain after a journey over the sea on two cable carts. With panoramic views over the ocean and the city, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic scene.
Go Out For a Meal
Visit a Motel
In Brazil, a motel is a place to have sex and is usually paid for by the hour with up to 24 hour stays available. It may sound seedy, but motels are a perfectly accepted and normal part of Brazilian life, and can be great fun for couple looking to try something different. Standard motels have hot tubs, a menu of sex toys and mirrored ceilings, yet some of the most glamorous ones have water slides, fancy food, poles for dancing and even a helicopter arrival. They are dotted all throughout the city in Rio and are identified by distinct signage.
Get Up High on Pedra Bonita
With a name that literally translates to ‘Pretty Rock’, it sounds like the ideal place for a romantic trip for two. This is one of the easiest hikes in Rio and is rewarded with one of the most outstanding views in the country. The large, table-flat surface at the top gives plenty of privacy to sit down and take in the views that sweep across the east zone of Rio to the south zone. Pedra Bonita is also the base point for paragliding for those couples that want an adrenaline rush together.
Visit a Paradise Island
Take a day trip from Rio and head a little further south of the state to Angra dos Reis. From there, take a short boat trip over to Ilha Grande (Big Island), an island just off the coast of Rio that is renowned for its paradisiacal settings and natural beauty. Here, you can spend a day or a lazy weekend — there are plenty of pousadas (small hotels) that provide a tranquil spot to rest up and enjoy being with your partner. Ilha Grande has stunning beaches with rich marine biodiversity, incredible hikes through jungles and beachside bars with tables that spill out onto the sand for a late-night romantic meal.
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