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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

Top hotels in Florianopolis

4.5 out of 5
R. Bocaiúva 1755, Florianopolis, SC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs6,340 per night from 17 Feb to 18 Feb

Located in Centro, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Rosario Steps and Beiramar Shopping Center. Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) is 2.8 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)

"Jean and his staff provided exceptional service and attention to detail in all aspects! The facilities are top notch and well maintained. The view from the 180 degree rooftop infinity pool is astounding! We will return next time we are in Floripa!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2021

Novotel Florianópolis
Novotel Florianópolis
4.5 out of 5
Av. Rubens Arruda Ramos, 2034, Centro, Florianopolis, SC
The price is Rs4,339 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

Located in Centro, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beiramar Shopping Center and Hercilio Luz Bridge. Joaquina Dunes and Mole Beach are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (542 reviews)

"the reception personnel are great, extremely accomodating and highly professional"…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2020

Novotel Florianópolis
Costao do Santinho Resort - All-Inclusive
Costao do Santinho Resort - All-Inclusive
4 out of 5
Est. Vereador Onildo Lemos, 2505, Praia do Santinho, Florianopolis, SC
The price is Rs16,029 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb

Located in Santinho, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ingleses Beach and Barra Norte Shopping Centre. Cachoeira ...

4.2/5Very Good! (156 reviews)
Very pleasant remote family resort on a beach

"We stayed for a week, and had a wonderful time in this mostly all-inclusive family beach resort. A real highlight was the daily morning hike, led by Renato, through the dunes, forests, cliffs, and beaches. The beach is beautiful, and the setting really idyllic. The food options were outstanding - ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2017

Costao do Santinho Resort - All-Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Florianopolis

Flat Amsterdam
Flat Amsterdam
2.5 out of 5
Rua Rodolfo Hickel 400, 482, Florianopolis, SC
The price is Rs1,694 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb

Located in Canasvieiras, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cachoeira do Bom Jesus Beach and Canasvieiras Beach. Jurere Beach is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (47 reviews)

"O atendimento foi excelente. O hotel conta com café da manhã"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

Flat Amsterdam
Canto Dos Passaros Flat Canasvieiras
Canto Dos Passaros Flat Canasvieiras
3 out of 5
R. C, 2-44 -., Canasvieiras, Florianopolis, SC
The price is Rs2,096 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb

Located in Canasvieiras, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Canasvieiras Beach and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Jurere Beach. Lagoinha Beach and Brava Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Normal. Compensa custo beneficio"…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Canto Dos Passaros Flat Canasvieiras
Chalés Saint Germain
Chalés Saint Germain
3 out of 5
Rua Laurindo Januário da Silveira, 1233, Lagoa da Conceição, Florianopolis, Florianópolis

Located in Lagoa da Conceicao, this chalet is within 1 mile (2 km) of Praia do Baixio da Lagoa and Our Lady of Conception of the Lagoon Chapel. Belvedere Lookout ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7 reviews)

"Buena experiencia lindo lugar deberian hacer mantenimiento mas seguido en habitaciones pero el resto es confortable"…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Chalés Saint Germain
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Florianopolis


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27 Nov 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

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22 May 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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