FlorianopolisBrazil

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Its reputation may be as a surfing and party capital, but this southern Brazilian city will charm everyone with its passionate culture.

Florianópolis is known for its many beaches, sophisticated city center and informal status as Brazil’s party capital. This southern Brazilian city covers an island off the Santa Catarina coast. The city center is characterized by cosmopolitan streetscapes, fine dining options and modern shopping malls, while the 42 beaches that surround the city are considered some of the finest in Brazil.

Explore the city center to discover excellent shopping and sightseeing. Walk to the city edge for views of the now-closed Hercilio Luz Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Brazil. Visit the huge shopping malls of Florianópolis to find the latest items from top fashion outlets from around the world as well as jewelry, cosmetics and souvenirs.

For a change of pace, head to the iconic public market to immerse yourself in local charm. Pick up traditional baked goods and seafood, fruits and vegetables from local farms and waters. Stop at one of the restaurants and bars lining the market to try oysters, a specialty of the region.

Once you’ve stocked up on food, hop onto one of the many buses that travel to Florianópolis’s 42 beaches. The bus system is affordable, reliable and a great alternative to renting a car. Head north to Brava Beach, one of the best and most challenging surfing spots in the area, or visit the popular beachside neighborhood of Ingleses do Rio Vermelho. Here the beach has a milder surf and is lined with resorts, bars and nightclubs and is a hub for the city’s nightlife.

With a subtropical climate, Florianópolis enjoys four distinct seasons and remains far less humid than others parts of the country. In summer, expect warm temperatures that will have you on the beach all day. Winter brings occasional frost and is a great time to explore the city’s friendly hospitality and cozy bars.

Flights are available from North and South America to the local international airport; an interstate bus service provides connections from other Brazilian cities.

Where to stay in Florianopolis

Jurere, Florianopolis, Brazil
trover photo by Graciela Arena

Jurere

3/5(1 area review)

Unique features of Jurere include the beaches and restaurants. Make a stop by Jurere Beach or Jurerê Open Shopping while you're exploring the area.

Jurere
Canasvieiras, Florianopolis, Brazil
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Canasvieiras

1/5(1 area review)

Visitors to Canasvieiras enjoy its beaches, and if you want to do some exploring, Canasvieiras Beach is worth a stop.

Canasvieiras
Tamar Project showing zoo animals

Barra da Lagoa

You'll enjoy the beaches and coffee shops in Barra da Lagoa. You might want to make time for a stop at Tamar Project or Mozambique Beach.

Barra da Lagoa
Lagoa da Conceicao, Florianopolis, Brazil

Lagoa da Conceicao

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and monuments in Lagoa da Conceicao. You might want to make time for a stop at Joaquina Beach or Joaquina Dunes.

Lagoa da Conceicao
Ingleses do Rio Vermelho, Florianopolis, Brazil
trover photo by Mariana Barrós

Ingleses do Rio Vermelho

Unique features of Ingleses do Rio Vermelho include the beaches and restaurants. Make a stop by Ingleses Beach or Barra Norte Shopping Centre while you're exploring the area.

Ingleses do Rio Vermelho
Guarda do Embau, Palhoca, Brazil
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Guarda do Embau

Travellers like the beaches in Guarda do Embau, and Praia da Guarda is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Guarda do Embau

Top hotels in Florianopolis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ibis Sao Jose
Ibis Sao Jose
3 out of 5
Rua Domingos Andre Zanini 333, Sao Jose, Santa Catarina
Rs2,706
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Located in Campinas, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Avenida Atlantica and within 3 miles (5 km) of Orlando Scarpelli Stadium and Sao Jose City Hall. Praia ...

4.1/5Very Good! (191 reviews)
Good value near Florianópolis

"Good hotel for a stop over. Basic but good with good breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2019

Ibis Sao Jose
ibis Florianopolis
ibis Florianopolis
3 out of 5
Avenida Rio Branco 37, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina
Rs2,761
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

Located in Centro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Luz Square and Beiramar Shopping Center. Museu do Homem do Sambaqui and Public Market are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (453 reviews)

"The hotel was nice and clean the staff was friendly. The only problem was the next door room was really loud and noisy. Next time I will have to call the front desk for help."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2019

ibis Florianopolis
Majestic Palace Hotel
Majestic Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Av. Rubens De Arruda Ramos, 2746, Centro, Florianopolis, SC
Rs4,897
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Located in Centro, this beach hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Getulio Vargas Square, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Centrosul Convention Center and Federal University ...

4.2/5Very Good! (626 reviews)

"Very good location, breakfast, very friendly and efficient staff."…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2019

Majestic Palace Hotel

Popular things to do in Florianopolis

Barra da Lagoa Beach
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Barra da Lagoa Beach

5/5(2 reviews)

Experience hours of water-based pursuits, hike into the hills or simply relax on the sands of this picturesque beach.

Ingleses Beach
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Ingleses Beach

5/5(3 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Ingleses Beach, a popular beach in Florianopolis. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Joaquina Beach
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Joaquina Beach

5/5(1 review)

Go surfing on sand or at sea at a popular beach flanked by large dunes and known for its excellent waves.

Mole Beach
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Mole Beach

5/5(2 reviews)

Thrill seekers, sunbathers and partygoers head to this popular beach to surf, hang glide, relax and dance in the bars.

Armacao Beach
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Armacao Beach

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Armacao Beach, a popular beach in Florianopolis. Stroll along the marina or visit the monuments while you're in the area.

Joaquina Dunes
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Joaquina Dunes

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Joaquina Dunes during your travels in Florianopolis. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

Reviews of Florianopolis

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 27, 2019

Floreanopolis is a great destination for holidaymakers seeking somewhere beautiful, friendly, hot and sunny in Brazil. You'll find everything you could wish for here for a great and relaxing getaway.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 22, 2019

I really liked Floripa. The hotel and centre were disappointing. The beaches and other parts of the island are better to stay.

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