Ponta das Canas beach

Ponta das Canas - Florianopolis Beach

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Região: north of the island
Subdivision: Ponta das Canas neighborhood
Nearby beaches: Cachoeira do Bom Jesus Beach (2 km south) | Lagoinha Beach (1,5 km north) | Brava Beach (1,8 km east)
Distances: Centro e Bus Station 33 km | Airport 42 km
Beach Type: shallow beach (fine sand and depth slowly increases)
Curling: Calm (no waves) and Median (with small waves)
Sand range: Long (above 20 m)
Beach Length: 0,95 km
water temperature: Moderate
Also find: water sports, boat trips, fishing

Map Location Ponta das Canas Beach

At the north end of the island, between the beaches of Lagoinha and Cachoeira de Bom Jesus, is located Praia de Ponta das Canas, a summer resort for many Florianopolitans and tourists.

At the same time that it has a good infrastructure of services, hotels and modern buildings, the beach still has a traditional colony of fishermen.

Ponta das Canas beach

The calm waters of the beach are an attraction for families with children and for those who like to bathe in peace. The strip of sand is extensive, allowing many people to find a good place to open the umbrella and relax enjoying the environment.

Fishing at Ponta das Canas Beach

Natural Features of Ponta das Canas

There is no natural boundary between Ponta das Canas Beach and the neighboring Cachoeira do Bom Jesus Beach. The border is just a convention. Departing from Ponta das Canas along the sand, you can walk to the Canasvieiras beach no barriers. To the north, Ponta da Lagoa marks the end of the beach.


Calm, clear and thin, yellowish waters make up the landscape. The beach is about 950 meters long, with widths that vary between 1 and 18 meters.

North of the Island: Ponta das Canas, Cachoeira do Bom Jesus, Canasvieiras, Jurerê, Jurerê Internacional and Daniela beaches (from bottom to top)

The waters have a greenish hue, the bottom slope is gentle, featuring an intermediate beach between open and bay. Small waves break calmly on the beach, but some strong undertows have already been recorded. The temperature is pleasant during the summer, staying around 23ºC.

See also: Floripa Water Temperature

The Ponta das Canas beach area suffers from an erosion process, caused by marine currents.

History of Ponta das Canas

Ponta das Canas Beach underwent strong changes in the 1970s. Until then, it functioned as a peaceful and remote community of fishermen and farmers. In this decade, an intense real estate movement developed and made the beach the tourist hub it is today.


At the beginning of the XNUMXth century, the beach was completely isolated from other communities, with the residents walking to Cachoeira do Bom Jesus along the sand to, from there, take buses to the other locations on the island. The goods arrived by boat.

Fishermen's Community in Ponta das Canas

In the 1950s, the first dirt road was built under the orders of Mayor Paulo Fontes. At this time, there was a grounding so that the road could pass. Both the fishermen's shore, where the boats were parked, and the small lagoon of Ponta das Canas had reduced areas for the completion of the road.

Until 1960, the main houses were built around the church. Gradually, more and more houses appeared. Inherited lands were sold to real estate companies that bet on houses for season rental, following the tourist growth of Canasveiras and Cachoeira do Bom Jesus.

Wide stretch of sand at Ponta das Canas Beach

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North Island beaches
  1. Bom Jesus waterfall
  2. cacupé
  3. Canasvieiras
  4. Daniela
  5. English
  6. Jurerê International
  7. Traditional Jurerê
  8. Lagoinha
  9. Ponta das Canas
  10. Brava Beach
  11. Forte beach
  12. Santinho beach
  13. sambaqui
  14. Saint Anthony of Lisbon

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