Discover what an amazing destination Florianópolis is

The best things to see and do in Florianopolis

Located in southern Brazil, Florianópolis, or Floripa, as the locals call it, is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina and its second largest city. A small part of the city is located on the Brazilian mainland, but once you cross the bridge, you will reach Ilha da Magia.

Hercílio Luz Bridge

Colonial architecture, local folklore and traditional villages that have somehow resisted modernization peacefully reside alongside each other in this incredible destination.

When to go to Florianopolis

During the summer months, December, January and February, there are many festivals going on. Admire the sights and sounds of the Gay Pride Parade during Carnival, stroll through the rehearsals and parades of the Samba Schools and relax during the huge street parties. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to dive into the deep waters of Baía dos Golfinhos, sail through the incredible Anhatomirim Island and dive in Ilha do Arvoredo, a marine biological reserve.


In the winter months from June to September, whales caring for their calves visit the east coast of Florianópolis, and this is a truly impressive thing to see. And this cooler part of the year is a great time to settle down culturally. It's the ideal time to head to one of the many quaint little villages that have stood the test of time resisting modernity and preserving the architecture, customs and original traditions . You can spend your time wandering the local markets in search of quirky souvenirs, take samba lessons or try to master the capoeira.

Floripa food

Food is a big part of everyday life in Brazil, and Florianópolis has a reputation for its cuisine.

Oyster farming in Santo Antônio de Lisboa

Be sure to try the fish stews, moquecas, taste the shrimp sequence and enjoy the local oysters. If you like sweets, tapioca couscous is a must! And you'll be happy to know that you don't need to have had a huge return on your online betting in Brazil to enjoy a great price. There is a huge variety of options when it comes to where, when and what to eat.

The Coqueiros neighborhood, located on the mainland of the city, is a gastronomic center where you can enjoy a variety of incredible taste sensations, as well as a food and craft fair on Sundays from 15pm to 20pm. Most restaurants and cafes close around 23pm, but there is no such limit in clubs and bars! They stay open until almost sunrise.


Where to stay

If you have a limited budget, Barra da Lagoa is the best option. It is a small fishing village located at the mouth of a water channel that leads to the largest lagoon on the island, Lagoa da Conceição. Cheap and cozy hostels are the order of the day here, and there are also several reasonably priced markets to explore.

Barra da Lagoa beach

If you like peace and tranquility, the Mozambique beach it's ideal. Almost deserted, the water is clear green and the sea has good waves. The isolated beaches of Lagoinha do Leste, Matadeiro and Praia da Galheta are also a great option in this group. And of course, if you have a little extra cash to spare, there are plenty of options when it comes to more luxurious dorms!


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