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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Kennedy Executive
Hotel Kennedy Executive
3 out of 5
Rua Maria Bernardina Vaz Borges, s/n, Sao Jose, SC
The price is Rs3,134 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (65 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs2,550 per night from 24 Sep to 25 Sep

Located in Centro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping ViaCatarina and Estadio Renato Silveira. Sao Jose City Hall and Teatro Adolfho Mello are also ...

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
The price is Rs13,542 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

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

Popular places to visit 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.

Brava Beach
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Brava Beach

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Brava Beach, a popular beach in Florianopolis. Make time to visit the monuments and zoo while you're in the area.

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.

Jurere Beach
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Jurere Beach

4/5(1 review)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Jurere Beach, a popular beach in Florianopolis. You can enjoy the restaurants while in the area.

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

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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