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This is one of the favorite beaches among Cariocas and tourists, due to its beautiful surroundings and the ability to surf in either summer or winter. Arpoador Beach is 800 meters long, and situated between the Copacabana Fortress and Rua Francisco Otaviano with Avenida Vieira Souto. Its name stems from the fact that in the past it was possible to harpoon (arpoar) whales near the coast. The entire region is know as Arpoador Park \"Garota de Ipanema,\" which gets its name from the famous song by Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim.