Residents and tourists watch a sunset at Arpoador rock in in Rio de Janeiro June 4, 2014. Rio de Janeiro, with its white beaches, blue ocean and jungle-covered mountains, is still the place that comes... more 
Residents and tourists watch a sunset at Arpoador rock in in Rio de Janeiro June 4, 2014. Rio de Janeiro, with its white beaches, blue ocean and jungle-covered mountains, is still the place that comes to mind when people think of Brazil. Soccer fans coming to Rio for the World Cup will be too late for the city's famed Carnival bash, but they'll also miss the energy-sapping Southern Hemisphere summer heat. By all means visit tourist favorites such as Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) and the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado, but here are places that locals enjoy, too. Despite its party reputation, Rio is also a daytime city. Obsessed with health and good looks, many Cariocas, as the locals are known, work hard to keep tan and fit. The beach is best at late morning and late afternoon. The most popular spots are between Posto 7 and Posto 10 in Ipanema.Each posto is a lifeguard station whose number serves as a beach address. Picture taken on June 4, 2014. To match story TRAVEL-RIO/ REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TRAVEL SOCIETY) less 
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Thu, Jun 5, 2014 7:24 PM EDT