Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Santo Cristo)
Ipanema Beach of Ipanema is known for its elegant development and its social life. Two mountains called the Dois Irmaos rise at the western end of the beach, which is divided into segments by marks known as postos. Beer is sold everywhere, along with the traditional cachaça. There are always circles of people playing football, volleyball, and footvolley, a locally invented sport that is a combination of volleyball and football. In the winter the surf can reach nine feet. The water quality varies with days of light-blue water to a more murky green after heavy rains. Constant swells keep the water clean. The often treacherous beach break regularly forms barrels.