Properties in Copacabana Rio de Janeiro Copacabana (a prime area) hosts one of the world’s most extravagant New Year’s Day celebrations, the Reveillon. Revelers flock each year to South America’s most glamorous beach to watch spectacular fireworks launched over the bay. Here, the sublimely neoclassical Copacabana Palace entertained luminaries such as Queen Elizabeth and Nat King Cole; each year it holds the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Two fortresses stand at both ends of the beach: the 18th-century Fort Duque de Caxias in the north and Fort Copacabana in the south. Sidewalk mosaics by top Brazilian landscape artist Burle Marx, called pedra portuguesa, line the beach, while Lido near Copacabana Palace is dotted with neoclassical and art nouveau buildings. Brazilian art deco architecture can be found in Bairro Peixoto, a nearby town square.