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FlorianopolisBrazil

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

Canasvieiras, Florianopolis, South Region, Brazil

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
Jurere, Florianopolis, South Region, Brazil

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
Tamar Project which includes 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
Ingleses do Rio Vermelho, Florianopolis, South Region, Brazil

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
Lagoa da Conceicao, Florianopolis, South Region, 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
Guarda do Embau, Palhoca, South Region, Brazil

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

Hotel Kennedy Executive
Hotel Kennedy Executive
3 out of 5
Rua Maria Bernardina Vaz Borges, s/n, Sao Jose, SC
The price is Rs2,970 per night from 7 Nov to 8 Nov

Located in Kobrasol, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Sao Jose City Hall and Shopping Itaguaçu. Avenida Atlantica and Teatro Adolfho Mello are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (67 reviews)
Bad shape

"The WiFi was very spotty, the TV in my room was not working and neither was the toilet."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2017

Hotel Kennedy Executive
Slaviero Essential Palhoça Viacatarina
Slaviero Essential Palhoça Viacatarina
3 out of 5
Av. Atilio Pagani 300, Passa Vinte, Palhoca, SC
The price is Rs2,417 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in the heart of Palhoca, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping ViaCatarina and Estadio Renato Silveira. Sao Jose City Hall and Teatro Adolfho ...

4.2/5Very Good! (400 reviews)
Great stay!@

"We really had a great time staff where really nice and breakfast is simple but really good we can definitely recommend it!"…"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2018

Slaviero Essential Palhoça Viacatarina
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

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! (131 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 Rs1,292 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

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! (43 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

Flat Amsterdam
PIETRA FLAT
PIETRA FLAT
3 out of 5
Estr. Dom João Becker 1389, Florianopolis, SC

Located in Ingleses do Rio Vermelho, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Santinho Dunes, Ingleses Beach and Santinho Beach. Barra Norte Shopping Centre ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Funcionários atenciosos, lugar limpo , otimo café da manha"…"

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2019

PIETRA FLAT
Chalés Saint Germain
Chalés Saint Germain
3 out of 5
Rua Laurindo Januário da Silveira, 1233, Lagoa da Conceição, Florianopolis, Florianópolis
The price is Rs1,897 per night from 4 Nov to 5 Nov

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5 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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Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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Itajai showing railway items and a city

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