Singles holiday fantasies don’t always live up to the billing, but if there was one place on earth that everyone agrees on, it has to be Rio de Janeiro.
Standing grandly on the South Atlantic coast of Brazil, Rio is a marvel of life that even the most jaded traveler will appreciate.
From beautiful, exotic scenery, to jungled slopes and giant granite stones that engulf the world-famous primo beaches, Rio (and Brazil as a whole) is a natural wonder. It is home to some of the most electrifying music in the world (Samba). There is a generally invigorating atmosphere you feel upon landing that invites all to take it easy and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Be warned though, it’s infectious.
To say the cuisine is mouthwatering is such an injustice, but what else you’ll savor is the simple delight of a sidewalk bar, or beach side kiosk, or the juice stand. And more beach, and more beach, and more beach. Rio has a certain joie de vivre to it that you will rarely find in two locations in this world.
And with the naturally friendly Cariocas (locals), the best carnival in the world, and absolutely stunning women considered a natural resource, this city lays rest to what the ideal singles vacation experience ought to be like.
Dating Women in Rio
The women of Rio de Janeiro have dominated the Sexiest Women in the World pages ever since they’ve been around. But relax fellas, they are a modest lot who are open to dating foreigners. Let it come as no surprise if you encounter a curvy natural beauty who would even make the women of Hollywood blush.
Regardless, they understand that making a man happy is the fountain from which flows a well-adjusted male-female relationship. Go on, don’t be coy: they expect you to be direct and aggressive. And they’ll love you for it.
Things in Rio are breathtaking to a fault: striking beaches, mountainous landscapes (the Amazon too is here), interesting delicacies, and jaw-dropping high-heeled women. Exotic city no doubt, and the onus is on you to act the part otherwise luck with the women folk may be an elusive element here.
Speaking Portuguese is a plus, but not a must, and you have to be aware of the Gringo Factor, a stereotype that may have you mistaken as one out on the prowl for the kind of love you have to pay for. Armed with that knowledge, it’s best to keep it together by showing some restraint.
Best Places to Meet Women in Rio
There is an abundance of bars and nightclubs to make your pick from and this will be dictated by 1. your idea of fun, and 2. your budget.
If it’s not the Rio Scenarium full of antiques (yes, the old kind), it is the Casa da Matriz, aka Matrix House, happening since the ‘90s. If it is not the Fosfobox, an underground sweatbox renowned for its Electronic, Alternative and Rock nights, it is the Espaco Acustica, a rooftop party space.
The bars too will have you spoilt for choice in terms of venue and women. The must-visits include the Bar Devassa in Ipanema neighborhood that crafts its own beer, the Emporio, the Conversa Fiada which is a bit more Western, or the Bar Lagoa if you fancy German, not forgetting the aptly-named Shenanigan’s Irish Pub (sorry Irelanders). And if you want to pay homage to the oldest bar in Rio de Janeiro, Lord Jim’s Pub is the place to be.
While you’re at it, make a point of imbibing some of the local drinks for which Brazil is known for. One of the most popular is Brazil’s national cocktail, caipirinhas (more of this later).
These spots are the Ground Zero when it comes to finding women, and there is no shortage of them to go around. The feminine babes that they are, the women of Rio truly know that a man’s attention isn’t attracted by a Master’s degree but rather, by their feminine, absolutely dazzling looks.
The beach bombshells of Rio de Janeiro are known the world over, and they are a big reason why Rio is considered to host every earthly delight any single sane man could ever ask for in this life.
For the ultimate experience, some of the two most famous beaches in the world – Copacabana and Ipanema – should be high on your list.
Online dating can be an entirely different ball game. Those who seek foreign men will most likely speak better English and be forthright with their intentions. It’s best to start this prior to your visit so that you’ll have ready options when you get there.
Fun Things to do in Rio
Some of the popular beaches that have given Rio its name include the Copacabana (the most famous in the world), Ipanema, Joa, Leme, and Barra (they’re far too many to list).
Rio is not short of adventure sports some of which you may already be familiar with.
Surfing enthusiasts will particularly love the massive swells common here, and even better, the rougher, quieter beaches are the reserve of dedicated pros. You can also try your hand in rappelling, or hiking which should guarantee amazing views dotted with unparalleled natural splendor. Others include caving or cascading canyoning.
Play or Watch Sport
One sport you absolutely have to try out while in Rio is beach volleyball. It is massive fun and the Cariocas are always more than willing to spread the cheer. And being the land of the beautiful game, the people here are obsessed with soccer as you will notice from the many close encounters you come across.
Must Try Food in Rio
Rio has an exciting cuisine largely thanks to its fusion of cultures which has spawned interesting, finger-licking dishes, snacks and beverages.
The dishes here tend to be simple, yet delicious. It’s clear Brazilians understand that great food and drink cannot be omitted from the equation of a good time.
The must try dishes include:
A bowl of acai is a must. This is a slushy puree made from acai juice (extracted from the acai berries), sugar, ice and plenty of guarana syrup.
This is a traditional cocktail made from lime, sugar and cachaca (sugarcane hard liquor), which is the most popular distilled drink in the country.
Meat-lovers will have a memory to take to the grave when they sample the churrascaria, a traditional Brazilian barbecue experience involving fine-dining steakhouses and all-you-can-eat meat buffets. So popular has this Brazilian experience become that it has found its way to dozens of other countries across the world in the more contemporary form of rodizio.
Pastel de queijo
This is a salty snack of pastry with meat and hot gooey cheese inside which you will find anywhere from the street vendors to fancy restaurants.
How to get to Rio
Reaching the city is easy by plane – there are direct flights from outside the country (dependent on country) or other state capitals (daily). Given Rio is the economic heartbeat of not just Brazil but the South American continent as a whole, it is pretty much accessible from anywhere in the world.
Getting around the city is convenient by bus with some running every half an hour – comfy, full equipped with air-con. A good alternative is the subway, but if time is not on your side, a cab is never a bad option (just don’t insist on fixed – the timer is best here.)
Moreover, you can always rely on Expedia to find your flights.
Where to Stay in Rio
Rio has options when it comes to accommodation: from swanky hotels, to mid-range lodgings, to friendly hostels, your budget will most likely have a say in this. To find out a suitable place, check out Booking.com for available options.
Some of the most convenient mid-range hotels will be found in different areas of the city. They include:
To Sum It Up
If you’re on a singles holiday, you better have a good exit strategy because you can get swallowed by the fun here.
Two American universities (Michigan and California) christened Rio de Janeiro the World Capital of Friendliness. Recommend Magazine called it the best honeymoon destination in South America. Travel and Leisure elected it as the best destination in Latin America, and later the Top 5 list of best destinations on the globe.
And make no mistake about it, the gong for Best Party in the World was always going here, just ask Site Fun Party. Forbes also found the Home to 2016 Olympics to have the happiest people in the world. It’s addictive Rio, in a word – intense.
Little wonder they call it the Marvelous City.
All this being overseen by the awe-inspiring statue of Jesus – Christ the Redeemer. Cristo Redentor they call him in these parts. It’s heaven on earth really. And it should be right up there on the bucket list of every single male, traveler or not.
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