The Ipanema neighborhood is home to another iconic beach of Rio, so expect crowds. But for most people, that is the appeal. The 1.25 miles of sand has demarcations for different demographics. Some areas are favored by the gay community, others for the young and adventurous, still others for families and affluent residents. There are also sections for beach volleyball and soccer. Tourists wander everywhere while soaking up the ambiance and sunshine. Lining Avenida Vieira Souto and perpendicular streets are expensive hotels, retailers, restaurants and endless nightlife options. The party rarely stops at Ipanema Beach.