By Kristen Nozell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ipanema rose to international fame thanks to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes and their 1960’s bossa nova hit ‘Garota de Ipanema’ (The Girl from Ipanema). Those lucky enough to live in the Zona Sul (South Zone) neighborhood enjoy easy access to the best that Rio has to offer, including a beach that the Travel Channel claims to be one of the sexiest in the world.

The active beach . . .

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