Ask any global explorer what the world’s sexiest city is and the likelihood is that Rio de Janeiro is near the top of the list. Its radiant beaches are a social gathering of all classes drawing in visiting sun-worshipers who ascend upon Cidade Maravilhosa, aptly named Marvelous City. The locals are known as cariocas which is also synonymous with all things Rio.
The cities pulse begins on its golden sand beaches. Rio oozes a sexy vibe dating back to the 1960s when bossa nova artists Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes introduced the world to the alluring “Girl from Ipanema.” Hardly a single day passes when beachcombers are not forming a volleyball game or gathering a group for a football match. While surfers ride neatly formed swells, or others glide along the promenade by bike, stopping off at the small food shacks to grab a bite or drink while soaking
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