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Travel Guide
Barra da Lagoa Beach which includes a coastal town and a bay or harbour

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

Novotel Florianópolis
Novotel Florianópolis
4 out of 5
Av. Rubens Arruda Ramos, 2034, Centro, Florianopolis, SC
The price is Rs4,829 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Florianopolis Centro, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beiramar Shopping Center and Hercilio Luz Bridge. Joaquina Dunes and Mole Beach are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (583 reviews)
"Nice service"

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

Novotel Florianópolis
WK Design Hotel Florianopolis
WK Design Hotel Florianopolis
4.5 out of 5
R. Bocaiúva 1755, Florianopolis, SC
The price is Rs7,415 per night from 18 Aug to 18 Aug
Located in Florianopolis Centro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museu do Homem do Sambaqui and Beiramar Shopping Center. Federal University ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (66 reviews)
"My son stayed at this property and raved about the comfort, friendly staff, and excellent breakfast."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

WK Design Hotel Florianopolis
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 Rs13,487 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
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! (185 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
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