By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For many people, when they think of Rio de Janeiro, the word "Copacabana" isn’t far behind. No other neighborhood quite encapsulates the city-to-beach Carioca lifestyle like this sprawling assortment of sugar-block high-rises crowding the most iconic stretch of sand in the world.

With its eponymous beach, wide range of hotels, and diverse bars and restaurants, Copacabana is often the first stay for many people visiting Rio de Janeiro, and indeed Brazil, but its unique allure leaves many a tourist and traveler coming back for more.

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