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Leme Named after the hill that is part of the Corcovado Mountain Range, Leme is the neighborhood situated on the north side of Copacabana Beach. The area is an excellent location since you're only minutes from Botafogo, Urca, Flamengo, and the historical downtown. South Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are only ten minutes away.

Leme's beach is much quieter than Copacabana, making it a favorite for families and locals. There are also many great restaurants and hotels in the area. At night beach soccer is a popular activity, but if you aren't the athletic type, enjoy a coconut milk or beer at one of the many beach side kiosks.

Highlights
Forte do Vigia
Originally called Forte do Vigia, this 17th century fort was built in order to protect the city. Now it is called Forte Duque de Caxias and serves as a cultural center. Situated at the foot of the Morro do Leme hill at 210 m, the Fort has excellent views of the Corvacado Mountains and surrounding beaches.
Praca Almirante Julio de Noronha.
Open: Sat, Sun, 2-4pm, R$3
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Caminho dos Pescadores (fisherman's path)
This is an excellent walk, especially at sunset. The trail is located at the base of the Morro de Leme hill and is great place to see beautiful views of the beach.

Hotels
Le Meridian
Just one block from Praia do Leme, this 4 star hotel is one of the top ranked in Rio. Enjoy the elegant and modern rooms and adjoining restaurant.
Av. Atlantica 1020
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Leme Othon Palace
This luxury hotel offers top-quality service and comfort right on the beach and just 15 minutes from downtown.
656 Av. Atlantic - Leme Ave.

Acapulco
This beautifully renovated hotel is one block from Copacabana and offers lovely rooms with wood floors and colorful décor.
Rua Gustavo Sampaio 854
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Dining
Carretao
This is the place to go for cheap, good churrascaria. It's all you can eat for $12 US.
Rua Ronald de Carvalho 55.
11:30am - midnight

La Fiorentina
A great place for a romantic dinner, La Fiorentina is an excellent classic Italian restaurant with beach side outdoor tables.
Av. Atlantica 458 A

Marius Carnes
This restaurant features gourmet buffet food such as sushi, oysters, and vegetables.
Av. Atlantica 290 B. 12 - midnight.

Marius Crustaceous
Right next door to Marius Carnes is another all you can eat seafood buffet. The excellent food makes this a busy place all the time.
Av. Atlantica 290 A. 12 - midnight.


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