Where are the safest places to stay in Rio de Janeiro?

Feel at ease in any of these Brazilian neighborhoods.

Kevin Crain

By Kevin Crain

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

No matter where in the world you go, it’s important to consider your safety. Planning to visit Rio de Janeiro? You can enjoy the natural beauty and remarkable culture of this Brazilian gem without any worries. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll help you discover the safest places to stay in Rio de Janeiro. We’ve done some meticulous research to create the following list so that your trip is the best it can be, whether you’re living in Rio for a few days, a month, or longer.


Copacabana beach with crowds of people

What’s perhaps the most iconic area (and beach) in Rio? Copacabana! More great news? This must-visit destination is one of the safest areas in Rio de Janeiro. Situated snuggly alongside breathtaking Copacabana Beach, this neighborhood offers a fantastic blend of stunning landscapes and excellent security.

Safety Features

  • A strong police presence in the area provides round-the-clock security.
  • Well-lit streets and public spaces for a sense of safety at all times.
  • A community that’s accustomed to tourists, making it an ideal choice for short-term and long-term travelers.


Surfer standing in the water with Rio behind him

Home to Praia do Arpoador, the Cagarras Archipelago, and flanked by Lagoa Rodrigo Freitas, Ipanema is the vibrant neighbor of Copacabana. This is an area known for nightlife, but it’s also surprisingly safe here. Plus, Ipanema Beach is a tourist-friendly place where you’ll enjoy peace of mind while swimming or sunbathing.

Safety Features

  • A low crime rate thanks to frequent patrolling by the local police.
  • Well-maintained beach promenades and squares that are safe even at night.
  • A vibrant, welcoming community that ensures a secure environment for visitors.

Santa Teresa

Brazilian flag waving against a blue sky

Looking for a more tranquil and artistic spot? Santa Teresa is a hidden gem as well as one of the safest places to stay in Rio de Janeiro. It’s a charming, hilly area full of culture and a bohemian vibe. Better still, it’s remarkably safe, so you can feel at ease while checking out local art galleries. 

Safety Features

  • A tight-knit artistic community that keeps an eye out for one another.
  • Quaint streets with limited traffic contribute to a peaceful ambiance.
  • Local shops, restaurants, and guesthouses that prioritize security.


woman holding bags walking on the sidewalks

When you stay in Leblon, you can enjoy the view from Mirante do Leblon, explore Parque Penhasco Dois Irmãos, or shop until you drop at Shopping Leblon. It’s an upscale, safe haven in Rio de Janeiro, offering a luxurious experience.

Safety Features

  • Top-notch residential neighborhoods with private security personnel.
  • High-end shopping centers and restaurants that prioritize safety.
  • Exclusive beach areas with fewer crowds and trained lifeguards.


One of the main attractions in the Lapa neighborhood

Fans of dance and music will love soaking up the sights and sounds of Lapa. This historic area of Rio is a surprisingly secure neighborhood for tourists to explore. From lively bars to the picture-perfect Escadaria Selaron, you’ll have a sense of safety as you dig into the area’s attractions. 

Safety Features

  • Popular nightlife spots with a strong police presence.
  • A rich cultural scene that encourages safety.
  • Renowned landmarks, such as the Lapa Arches, are well-maintained and patrolled.

Next stop: Rio de Janeiro

Stylish, furnished apartment in Leblon in Rio de Janeiro

Rio is one of the best cities in Brazil, and these were a few of the safest places to stay in Rio de Janeiro. Hopefully, you found a few neighborhoods you’d like to check out during your next adventure, whether that’s for work or leisure

From the iconic shores of Copacabana to the bohemian charm of Santa Teresa and the upscale luxury of Leblon, Rio de Janeiro caters to any and every traveler while still prioritizing their safety.

With this guide, your stay in Rio de Janeiro should be nothing short of exceptional…and safe! Especially if you’re staying in one of Blueground’s fully furnished apartments. Just don’t let safety concerns hold you back. Rio de Janeiro is a welcoming city where you can confidently feel at home from day one. 

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain is a writer from Dallas, Texas. He’s dedicated to helping every Blueground guest live like a local and make their apartment feel like home. His favorite topics include active experiences, bucket list essentials, and hidden gems in cities around the world.