Florianópolis is one of the most desirable coastal destinations in all of Brazil, attracting active vacationers from across South America and Europe.
The city’s historic center—settled by Azorean colonists in the 18th century—occupies the western shore of Ilha de Santa Catarina, serving as a gateway to the island’s beaches, lagoons, and mountains.
Santa Catarina’s north and west shores are lined with surfing beaches, celebrated for their powerful and consistent swells.
Some, like Campeche and Joaquina, host ASP World Tour surfing competitions. Others, like Barra da Lagoa, are perfect for beginners.
Onshore, sun seekers can enjoy pale sands and beachside clubs.
Sandboarding, Paragliding, Kite Surfind and Scuba
For the adventurous, sandboarding on the dunes above Ingleses and Joaquina beaches is an option, as are paragliding, kite surfing, and diving.
The island’s edge is a study in contrasts—some beaches are dominated by large resorts, while others house tranquil fishing villages.
For those seeking relaxation and solitude, the mainland coast near Santa Catarina Island has a fine collection of tranquil boutique hotels.
Here, guests can swim with wild dolphins, charter yachts, and picnic on isolated beaches.
Getting to Florianopolis
December to March is peak season, with highs in the mid-80s and lows near 70°.
The winter months (June, July, and August) see highs near 70° and lows near 60°.
January is the wettest month, while May through August are generally the sunniest.
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Antoine de Saint-Exupery