Bag of Lemons

Saco dos Limões - Florianópolis neighborhood

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Região: Central Region of the Island
Close quarters: Jose Mendes (1,5 km) | Bunker (1,6 km) | Pantanal (1,5 km) | Coastal Pirajubaé (3,5 km)
Nearby beaches: Campeche beach (12,4 km south) | Conceição Lagoon (11 km east) | soft beach (14 km east) | Joaquina Beach (15 km east)
Distances: Centro e Bus Station 4,8 km | Airport 14 km

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It can be said that Saco dos Limões is in a privileged position within Florianópolis, as it is between the downtown florianopolis and the largest campus in Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). This position could make anyone think of a busy region, but Saco dos Limões stands out for its residential aspect.

The main street that crosses the neighborhood is named after one of its most committed residents, João Motta Espezim, and it is along it that most of the residences, some shops, a supermarket, the Parish of Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem and the Getúlio Vargas Basic Education School, founded by the then president of the republic.

Saco dos Limões neighborhood
Bag of Lemons

Saco dos Limões is home to the Consulado do Samba, one of the five associations of the League of Samba Schools of Florianópolis. Founded in 1986, red and white has several titles from the Carnival of Floripa and develops a series of projects for the integration of the community. Children and young people have the possibility to participate in visual arts workshops, play sports and take music or dance classes, for example.

Other spaces dedicated to the integration of the neighborhood's residents are the Abdon Batista square, which has a playground and an open-air gym; the Urban Social Center, which offers courses, lectures and recreational activities; and the Capitão Waldir Schmidt gym, which promotes parties, bingos and table tennis lessons.

Abdon Batista Square - Saco dos Limões
Abdon Batista Square - Saco dos Limões

The tranquility of Saco dos Limões contrasts, on rare nights, with the excitement of the dancing bar installed in the oldest property in the region, the store scallop, one of the most famous nightclubs in the city. It is installed in a building dating back to the 1840s, which used to serve as a warehouse for vessels that docked on the island. There, several products were sold, including cachaça, which today is the bar's biggest specialty, with international fame.


The Saco dos Limões has this name because of its geographical configuration and also for one of its most striking features. The indentations of the coastline that give rise to the small bays are called “bag”. The lemons, on the other hand, caught the attention of the crew of the vessels that eventually passed through the Island of Santa Catarina, since the lemon juice helped in the fight against scurvy.


The occupation of the region dates back to the end of the XNUMXth century and, at that time, the cultivation of the famous lemons, oranges and also coffee began. However, much of this production was for subsistence. It was not until the following century that Saco dos Limões found its main vocations in economic terms: fishing (especially shrimp), cockle extraction, dairy farming and lime production.

For a long time, Saco dos Limões could be described as a rural neighborhood, as it consisted of small houses and large farms. In fact, some of these farms were the summer residences of members of the city's elite. According to Virgílio Várzea, family relationships were quite significant and the residents of the neighborhood had a special taste for dances and the city's traditional festivities.

From the 1930s onwards, the region began to undergo significant changes. With the election of Nereu Ramos to the state government, in 1932, Saco dos Limões finally saw progress. Several community leaders emerged in the neighborhood, who took the community's wishes to the authorities and ended up winning a series of improvements, such as bus lines, schools and urban reforms.

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Location of the neighborhood Saco dos Limões

In 1939, on a visit to Florianópolis for the inauguration of the school that bears his name, President Getúlio Vargas announced the construction of a housing complex in Saco dos Limões. The enterprise had one hundred single-story residences, built two by two and built on two parallel streets, forming a small group of houses at the entrance to the neighborhood. This complex was handed over to the population in 1944. Due to the initial target audience – the insured workers of the Institute of Retirement and Pensions for Industriaries (IAPI) - the housing complex became known as Vila Operária.

Since then, the neighborhood has been predominantly residential and urban. Due to these characteristics, the capital's traffic was diverted from Saco dos Limões for several decades, which caused, for example, the landfill of a part of the South Bay. However, throughout the 1990s, the Antonieta de Barros tunnel was built, which today connects the city center to the neighborhoods of the south of the island.


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Neighborhoods in the Central Region of Florianópolis
Neighborhoods in the Central Region of Florianópolis
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  2. Centro
  3. Big Stream
  4. Itacorubi
  5. John Paul
  6. Jose Mendes
  7. Monte Verde
  8. Pantanal
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  10. Big bag
  11. Santa Monica
  12. Trinity
  13. Bunker

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