Copacabana Beach – Brazil
Copacabana Beach in Rio is perhaps one of the world’s most famous beaches. Stretching for 2.5 miles along the South Zone of Rio’s city, it’s popular with both locals and tourists from all around the world who flock there for the party vibe, endless water sports, bars and restaurants. The New Year’s Eve celebrations each year are legendary.
But amongst all this fun and excitement, is a dark and dangerous underbelly of crime. Pickpocketing is rife, and armed robberies of tourists are becoming more and more common. A new crimewave has seen groups of Brazilian youths running through crowded parts of the beach, causing a commotion and stealing valuables such as wallets and mobile phones in the chaos.
Roadblocks and stop and search tactics have been put in place, but Copacabana Beach remains a crime hotspot for tourists who may not be on their full guard when on holiday mode. Another danger on this beach is that of raw sewage containing billions of potentially harmful bacteria and viruses spilling out onto areas of the sand and into the water. If Rio is on your bucket list, keep your wits about you on Copacabana Beach or chose to visit somewhere less crowded and less likely to attract criminals.