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Lauren Oct 23rd, 2002 06:51 PM

Rio for spring break
My girlfriends and I were thinking about going to Rio for spring break (we are 21 year old college students). Is it safe? How is the night life? the beaches?<BR>

me Oct 28th, 2002 03:14 AM

Hey Lauren,<BR><BR>Thought I'd reply saying no one else has!<BR><BR>If you're still thinking about going to Rio then be prepared! You'll be lucky if you get a hassle free holiday, there wasn't one person I spoke to who felt safe there (even guys!).<BR><BR>I expected something different, but instead got crime and fear (and bored)! I hate to sound negative about the place but a lot of people just don't tell the whole truth about Rio.<BR><BR>But if you really want to go;<BR><BR>Keep off the streets at night - unless you're going out with some guys!<BR><BR>Don't take a bag to the beach with you, chances are it'll get stolen when you're in the sea. Or take a plastic bag with you - it's cheap but does the trick!<BR><BR>Feel free to email me for more pointers!

sandy Oct 28th, 2002 07:10 AM

Hi Lauren,<BR><BR>My friend and I went to Rio last spring break and had a WONDERFUL time. We are married ladies (non-traveling hubbies) pushing 60. We stayed in Copacabana (at the Ducasse Hotel), took public transportation, walked our feet off, even at night, and never had one bit of trouble, never felt threatened or scared.<BR><BR>We only ran into one person who had had a bad experience and he admitted that he was drunk and on the beach around 3:00 a.m. Now he was just asking for trouble! If you are drunk, alone, on the beach at 3:00 a.m. anywhere in the world, you'd be a target.<BR><BR>We were in Brazil 10 days and had a fantastic time . . . go, leave your jewelry at home, use common sense, and you'll have a grand time, too.<BR><BR>Sandy <BR><BR>

Concerned Oct 28th, 2002 11:26 AM

Lauren,<BR>I normally don't respond to posting on the different web sites, however, I must caution you about Rio. Rio is beautiful but way to dangerous to visit at this time, unless in a large escorted group.<BR>This is a city about twice the size of Philadelphia, however the crime rate is astronomically higher. Rio averages over 300 homicides and 3,000 robbery/carjackings a month, while Philadelphia had under 300 homicides for the year.<BR>Rio is far too dangerous at this time for a &quot;Spring Break&quot; type of adventure. Choose a US or Caribbean location such as Florida, S.Padre Island, TX, Aruba, St.Thomas USVI, Grand Cayman Is. or hundreds of other spots more safe than Rio.<BR>I don't mean to put a damper on your vacation but I want you to enjoy a safe experience. <BR><BR>Concerned

jen Oct 28th, 2002 12:27 PM

Hi Lauren,<BR><BR>Go you will have a blast, this is such a great place. Don't listen to people when they say that it is dangerous everywhere can be dangerous, your back yard can be dangerous if you listen to this you will never go anywhere in life. Everyone told me how dangerous it was and really it is nothing. You see alot of poverty on this hillside along with alot of wealth. The people are great and the nightlife is awesome. OOO and the beaches are great. The brazilians will guarantee you have a good time and they will also take care of you, no one will bother you. Go have fun!!<BR><BR>Jen

CariocaRio Oct 28th, 2002 04:08 PM

I go to Rio twice a year and I have never felt in danger anymore than in any big city like New York or Rome. I have been going for over 20 years and have had minimal problems. If you do the right thing like in any big city you will have no problems. At night you must be careful but during the day you can go everywhere with no problems.

me Oct 29th, 2002 02:41 AM

The whole point of forums is to get everyone's views on a subject - right? So that someone can get a broad perspective about a place before they go there and then make up their own minds on whether to go or not?<BR><BR>So why shouldn't people listen when others say a place can be unsafe?<BR><BR>Common sense goes a long way, but not quite far enough in this city.

census Oct 29th, 2002 12:50 PM

Rio has more than 14 million people; Philadelphia has about 1.5 million. Wolfpack didn't pass grade-school mathematics. I wouldn't trust his other &quot;statistics&quot; either. Why do people post so much misinformation on these particular message groups?<BR>You should be fine in Rio -- if you are mature 21-year-olds who won't go club-hopping until the middle of the night and make safety decisions under the influence of alcohol.

nancy Oct 29th, 2002 02:11 PM

<BR>Actually, Mr Grey Fox....Brazilians love older women...the culture does not suffer from ageism as you obviously do!<BR><BR>

Sandy Oct 30th, 2002 09:16 AM

To Greyfox,<BR><BR>Senior citizens are more in danger of being victims of crime than any other age group.<BR><BR>We are viewed as being old, infirm, and feeble . . . which many of us are not.<BR><BR>We had dinner at the Girl from Ipanema one night, struck up a conversation with a group of 6 young, beautiful, professionals (3 lawyers, 1 doctor, one professor, one computer person) and they invited us to go dancing with them and seemed genuinely disappointed when we declined. We would have gone but we had an early flight the next a.m. Would have been great fun!<BR> <BR>I still hold with my belief that Rio is no more dangerous than any big city anywhere and I would still return in a heartbeat!<BR><BR>Sandy

CariocaRio Oct 30th, 2002 03:50 PM

To Sandy:<BR><BR>I go to Rio often and I do eat dinner at Garota de Ipanema on occasion. I have never met 6 beauties there in my life, how did you do it?

sandy Oct 30th, 2002 06:38 PM

To CariocaRio,<BR><BR>These are not just idle ramblings . . . we have photos to prove it! Not only did we meet 6 gorgeous women/guys but the guy at the next table (and his date) picked up the tab for our dinner, complete w/drinks. As we were trying to decide what to order, he leaned over and suggested the specialty of the house . . . the thin slices of filet cooked on a brazier at the table, we went for it and then had the pleasant surprise of no check when done. The waiter told us the gentleman had paid for our dinner.<BR><BR>You need to stick with us, we have fun and adventures wherever we go. We have friends at home just begging for us to take them with us on vacation (not happening)!<BR><BR>We're off to Morelia and Patzcuaro, Mexico next week . . . another gran adventura!<BR><BR>Sandy

jill Oct 31st, 2002 12:32 PM

Sandy proves that if you travel with a good attitude you will find wonderful experiences.

Erin Nov 1st, 2002 05:21 AM

Wow Sandy. Sounds like you had a ball in time I'm travelling with you! :) I absolutely agree with your assessment of more unsafe than a lot of other cities on this planet.

Geraldo Dec 4th, 2002 01:14 PM

I'm from Portugal and i am in rio since last week and everything i can say is that this is the most beautiful city i've been to in all my life. I've visited many places but the magic of the people is fantastic. The beaches and the mountains are just unbelievable and Tijuca forest is terrific!!

Kira Dec 4th, 2002 03:55 PM

ME - It's true that one of the purposes of this forum is to get different viewpoints and experiences. However, a statement like &quot;Rio is beautiful but way to dangerous to visit at this time, unless in a large escorted group&quot; isn't an example of a viewpoint or an opinion - it's a pseudo-factual statement which is demonstrably incorrect. It's not going to help someone who's never been to Rio make an informed decision re whether or not to go . Wildly exaggerating the situation is actually more likely to make someone dismiss a warning altogether than it is to make them hesitate to go.

Bill Jan 5th, 2003 09:04 AM

Go, Rio is marvellous. The beaches are gorgeous. <BR><BR>The &quot;Concerned&quot; writer should have chosen the name &quot;Hysterical&quot;.<BR><BR>The city is 7 million, not 14 million, and mostly on the bay. That's the same size as Philadelphia. A big city, for sure, so take the usual precautions.<BR><BR>If you are &quot;immature&quot; enough to go club-hopping, then take taxis.<BR><BR><BR><BR>

immature_club_hopper Jan 5th, 2003 10:10 AM

Census bureau,<BR>so getting drunk and checking out clubs in the middle of the night is immature is it?<BR>Well send me back to kindergarten cos i'm gonna be on holiday and enjoying myself and i intend to make several decisions under the influence - i guess i am doomed.

Carioca Jan 5th, 2003 11:59 AM

Bill, immature club hopping? where did this come from? Sounds like your a little jealous because you can't keep your eyes open past midnight. I think you had better apoligize to people on this board who like to go out to clubs at night.

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