Lori's Destination: Rio de Janeiro February 23 2016

Reason to go: Rio’s beaches provide a backyard of sorts to the hectic traffic and population in the city. Miles of beach stretch along the city as the Christ Statue and green hills of the Mantiqueira Mountains tower above some of the world's most famous beaches, including Ipanema and Copacabana. All are great for surfing, paddle boarding, volleyball, or futevolei – the uniquely Brazilian combo of volleyball and soccer. With white sands and wonderful weather, you can see why they call Rio, Cidade Maravilhosa or “marvelous city.” 

Where to stay: Hotel Caesar Park Rio.

What to wear: GO BRAZILIAN!  Headed to Brazil but don’t want to stand out as a tourist? Particularly on the beaches, Brazilian style and customs are unique. Follow these simple tips and you’ll look and feel like a local. First, don’t bring a towel. Women wear sarongs that double as a beach cover-up and towel, while men rent chairs from “barracas” located along the beach. The second biggest tell-tale sign of a tourist is the conservative, skin covering suits they wear. While Brazilian’s don’t go topless, they do show a lot of skin, particularly on the bottom. “Less is more,” is the motto here. Some of my packing ideas, in case you’re headed to South America any time soon:

 Lori Coulter Rio de Janeiro Packing List

(1) The Lori Coulter Marni Bikini and Alexis Criss-Cross Bottom in Black(2) Bar Pendant Necklace, (3) Havaianas Slim Tribal Sandal in Black, (4) Clarin's Sun Care Spray Oil with SPF 30, (5) Hipanema Bracelet (6) 6 Shore Road Crochet Beach Bag, (7) Classic Ray-Ban Aviators and (8) Hammamas Turkish Bath Towel that Doubles as a Sarong