a VirtualTourist member from Washington D.C.
Hi everyone. I am trying to choose an apartment and can't figure out the best, non-touristy area to live in. Any suggestions?
I guess before I give my opinion on the best neighborhoods, can I ask what you'll be doing down here? Will you be working? Traffic and commuting can be time consuming here, so that may play a big factor in where you want to live. Is budget a concern?
Neighborhoods by the beach are among the best, but are also the most touristy ares: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon. Others to consider, out of the touristy scene are Jardim Botanico, Horto, Gavea, Humaitá, Urca & Flamengo.
If you can afford it then Urca and Gavea are very nice areas, but if you are looking for a cheaper option then Tijuca is a pretty cool neighbourhood aswell.
Thank you for following up!
No, we won't be working, thank God. It would be purely a pleasure trip. We are looking at budget and moderate accommodations. We are also looking for recommendations for restaurants and jazz clubs.
Yeah, we will stay out of Copacabana and Leblon, way too touristy.
Then also I'd opt for a neighborhood like Tijuca as a well rounded area lower in cost.
Difficult question...but all I can guarantee is that the city is very overpriced actually.