Located across from Guanabara Bay, the main draw to Botofogo beach is the idyllic views. Although it is not a beach used for sunbathing or swimming, locals use the area for countless outdoor activities. Many people cycle or jog along the paths or meet here to play soccer. A good option is to rent a bike from Copacabana and ride to Botafogo beach. You’ll even see people sailing, the bay is usually dotted with numerous boats. You can go to the shopping mall across the street, Botafogo Praia Shopping , to take a break in Cafeina or Starbucks, shop in some of the city’s most popular stores, see a movie, or grab a bite to eat in the food court on the top floor. One of the best, not-so-kept secrets, is to go to the top floor of the mall to take advantage of the panoramic views. Insiders know it’s a great photo op with the unmistakable shape of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) in the background.