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Best Times to Visit Rio de Janeiro

The best time to visit Rio is between December and March, when the weather is warm and sunny enough to hit the beaches. The city's seductive samba beat and incredible panoramic views last year-round, but arrive in February to experience Carnival. This four- to five-day festival leading up to Fat Tuesday brings thousands of visitors and locals to the streets for parades, parties and balls. Finding an affordable place to stay during Carnival can be difficult; you should consider booking your hotel and flight up to a year in advance. Between January and March, daytime temperatures can sometimes surpass 90 or 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you prefer more moderate conditions, visit during autumn (April and May) or spring (October and November), when temps fall back to the 70s and low 80s during the day and the 60s at night.

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December-March

This is Rio's peak season. The city's most notable events — including Reveillon (New Year's Eve) and Carnival — take place during Brazil's summer, which lasts from December through March. Approximately two million people come to Rio to celebrate New Year's Eve with live music, firework shows and good spirits on Copacabana Beach. Hotel prices can be inflated during these months, so book early to ensure availability. Also, expect crowds on the main city beaches, when temperatures hover in the mid-80s (but can occasionally soar into the 90s and above). This is also the season when Brazil sees the most rainfall, so pack an umbrella.

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April-May

Crowds and hot summer weather dissipate in May. But don't expect Rio's humidity to disappear: The Amazon region is notorious for its year-round damp tropical heat. After Easter, you'll find cheaper room rates.

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June-September

During Brazil's winter season, locals come out of their shells to enjoy the moderate weather and tourists flock to Rio for vacation. Expect mild temperatures and inflated hotel prices. These months are also ideal for sightseeing: There are fewer rain showers and less fog on Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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  • Brazilian Grand Prix Horse Race (August)
  • Bonfire Festivals (June)
  • Orchids in the Springtime (September)
  • Independence Day (September 7)
  • Film Festival Rio BR (September-October)

October-November

Spring is an ideal time for visitors seeking sun and adventure. Mild and dry weather, fewer crowds and more room to sprawl out on the beaches are all part of the allure. If you don't mind missing the festival hoopla, you'll save money by booking a hotel at this time of year.

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