Spend Valentine’s Day in Rio (Without Spending a Fortune)

Discussion in 'Brazil' started by NileGuide, Feb 4, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. [​IMG]If you’re lucky enough to be heading to be spending Valentine’s Day in Rio de Janeiro but not lucky enough to have escaped the effects of the credit crunch, rest assured that it is perfectly possible to have a wonderfully romantic February 14th without doing too much damage to the bank account.
    It may be a worn old cliche to say that the best things in life are free, but the phrase does ring true in Rio. The beaches, the views, the sunsets…its costs nothing to enjoy these romantic Rio de Janeiro attractions.
    As Brazil doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th you won’t be battling hordes of locals to reach the most romantic points in the city, so your Valentine’s Day in Rio should feel extra special.
    Here are some ideas for a romantic day in Rio. For dining options, be sure to check out our all-budgets-covered guide to romantic restaurants in Rio.
    Start the day with a walk around Lagoa Rio’s beautiful city lake. The 7.5 km circuit that will take the best part of the morning if you walk along at a leisurely pace, stopping to take in the view and maybe enjoy an icecream or coconut water.
    Stroll or take a bus down to the Jardim Botanico neighborhood, and head for Parque Lage, where you can perk up flagging energy levels with a coffee at Cafe du Lage, one of the most picture-perfect spots in the city to enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch. Don’t be shy about asking locals to take a picture of you – it’s common practice in Rio, and the backdrop is well worth capturing on film.
    Head down to Ipanema for a few hours’ sunbathing. Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of the Brazilian summer, so prepare for intense heat, and don’t forget the sunblock.
    As the sun starts to drop, head on down to nearby Arpoador Rock, where you can catch spectacular sunsets over the city. For an extra romantic touch, bring along a coolbox filled with bubbly and nibbles. You can pick up tasty treats at the Zona Sul supermarket opposite Praca General Osorio in Ipanema.
    When you’ve had your fill of food, drink and sunsets, head back to the hotel for a quick change before heading for a night’s dancing in Lapa, or just chilled out drinks by the sea at the beach kiosks of Copacabana and Ipanema.

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