Praia da Solidão - Florianópolis Beach
Região: south of the island
Subdivision: south swamp
Nearby beaches: Azores beach (north) | Saquinho Beach (south)
Distances: Centro e Bus Station 31 km | Airport 24 km
Beach Type: shallow beach (fine sand and depth increases slowly) and Intermediate Beach (variable bottom, with sandbanks)
Curling: Median (with small waves) and High (from medium to large waves)
Sand range: Media (between 10 m and 20 m) and Long (above 20 m)
Beach Length: 0,8 km
water temperature: Fria
Also find: fishery, surf, trail
A secluded and hidden refuge, sought after for its beauty and tranquility. This is the beach that, from the 60's, for all these reasons, came to be called Solitude Beach.
Called by the oldest as Praia do Rio das Pacas, Solidão is a small cove between Costa de Dentro and sachet, where the pacas were abundant. Today, the beach is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in Santa Catarina for being an almost untouched paradise.
The beautiful scenery presents a look of white sand, clear waters and is surrounded by green hills of Atlantic Forest. Among the trees, at the end of the strip of sand, it is possible to cool off in a waterfall bath that forms a clean pool of natural water.
Along with the river that flows into the sea at Praia da Solidão, the waterfall is the best option for children who avoid the waves of the rough sea.
Natural Features of Praia da Solidão
Despite the open sea to the ocean, the waters tend to be calm. This phenomenon occurs because of the Rio das Pacas, which serves as a natural shock absorber for the crashing of the waves. There is, then, a beach with a gentle slope and a soft bottom.
Crystal clear, the sea waters are cold, especially when the south wind hits, which also makes the waves grow. The sand is white and fine, ranging from three to 40 meters wide, with a total length of approximately 800 meters.
Defining the limits of Praia da Solidão are Ponta das Pacas, to the south, and Ponta da Régua, which borders the Azores beach.
Praia da Solidão is a corner of preserved nature, its slopes and hills are covered by Atlantic Forest. In the middle of this ecosystem, small rivers are born that flow into the beach, forming the Rio das Pacas.
In some places, waterfalls and pools of clean, fresh water are formed in which to swim. Rio das Pacas is calm, with little volume of water and almost no current, guaranteeing fun for children.
History of Praia da Solitude
The region served, historically, as a place of passage for those heading to the south of the island from the east. There, a few residents settled down who cultivated a small trade, supplying ships and travelers.
The main source of income in the region, however, has always been mullet fishing. The fish became easy prey when they lost their way and reached the mouth of the Rio das Pacas, where there is little current.
Another type of economy that grew in the region was the killing and commercialization of pacas. The animals lived in the surroundings of the river that was named Rio das Pacas, for its abundant amount of pacas. Today, the species is already extinct in the area, as a result of irresponsible exploitation.
Due to the natural beauty of the region, the tranquility and for being the last beach in the south of the island, in the eastern portion, which is accessible by car, some vacationers built holiday homes and the community grew. The fixed population is still quite small.
The beach is officially titled Praia do Rio das Pacas, but is much better known as Praia da Solidão. This definition began to emerge in the 1960s, taking into account the remote and sparsely inhabited location. About 30 years ago, on one of the stones of the costão, the word “solidão” was written, consolidating the new name of the locality.
DISCOVER MORE South Island beaches
- Lagoinha do Leste Beach
- Morro das Pedras beach
- Pantano do Sul beach
- Azores beach
- Armacao Beach
- Solitude Beach
- Campeche beach
- Saquinho Beach
- Matadeiro Beach
- Shipwrecked Beach
- Ribeirao da Ilha
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