Popularly known as the Magic Island, Florianopolis is the capital city in Santa Catarina State. Visitors will fall in love with its charm and natural beauty.
Floripa, as locals call it, comprises two parts: the island just off the coast and a small peninsula on the continent. They are joined by the beautiful Hercílio Luz Bridge, one of the main landmarks in the city.
Containing around 100 beaches, the region is perfect to practice water sports such as surfing, kite surfing, and sailing. However, unlike other Brazilian cities, temperatures in Floripa tend to drop during the winter season (June to August). Therefore, brace yourself for colder waters.
Visitors will notice the strong influence of Portuguese and Azorean colonizers in the city’s architecture and local cuisine, as well as in its cultural and religious events. Part of the city is a natural preserve that includes unspoiled beaches surrounded by beautiful hills covered in native Atlantic Forest vegetation.
There are many points of interest around the city, some of which are the beautiful Conceição Lagoon, the peaceful Peri Lagoon, the traditional Historic City Center, the popular Public Market, the cosmopolitan Beira-Mar Avenue, and the rustic Azorean neighborhoods of Santo Antônio de Lisboa and Ribeirão da Ilha. There are also other attractions, such as Portuguese forts, museums, churches, and theaters to please everyone.
For those visitors who like to buy local handicrafts and also try the local cuisine, the Public Market is a mandatory stop. Located in the Historic Center of Floripa, the building dates back to 1899, making it one of the oldest in the city. Once in the Market, visitors will be able to purchase different kinds of handicraft and try some local dishes that include fish, shrimp, crab meat, squid, and especially oysters, since the municipality is the largest producer of farmed oysters in the country.
Lagoa da Conceição (Conceição Lagoon), one of the most traditional places in the city, is 15 km long and very popular with water sports enthusiasts. The region also attracts crowds dying to try the famous sequência de camarão, a series of shrimp dishes served successively. The neighborhood of Jurerê Internacional, which has lots of luxurious mansions and high-end restaurants, attracts the younger generations due to its busy nightlife.
As for ecotourism and adventure sports, the city has countless options that will please everyone. Visitors can go hang-gliding, skydiving, tree climbing, scuba diving and snorkeling, sandboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, rafting, trekking, abseiling, ziplining, or something else that they prefer. The options are endless.
Surfing is one of the city’s most popular activities. After all, Floripa is considered one of the best places to go surfing in Brazil and regularly hosts national and international surf competitions. The most popular surf spots are Joaquina Beach and Praia Mole (Soft Beach). However, if you are looking for something else entirely, such as a beach that is not so busy and has calm waters to enjoy with the whole family, Daniela Beach is the ideal place for you.
If you can spare a few more days than you had originally planned, a visit to the city of Bombinhas, located 46 miles (75 km) from Floripa, is totally worthwhile. There are 39 gorgeous clear-water beaches in the municipality. Another destination worth visiting is Balneário Camboriú, which is also quite near (50 miles, 80.5 km). The city has nine beautiful beaches and great nightlife.
+55 (48) 3331-4000
Hercílio Luz International Airport operates domestic and international flights.
+55 (48) 3212-3100
Florianopolis Bus Station is located in the central region of the city. Several bus companies operate over 500 routes to and from destinations in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina.
The local Tourist Bus Route will take you all around the island, stopping at the main attractions. If you prefer, there are also regular bus routes in the city.
You can have fun and enjoy downtown Florianópolis on a bicycle. Click here to find out where you can rent one.
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A great way to see the attractions around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car.
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are available if you want to get around the city more comfortably.
+55 (48) 3952 7004
Tourist Information Center (toll free):
0800 644 6300
Military Police: 190
Fire Department: 193
The period between the months of December and March is summer in Brazil. Average temperatures can reach 30ºC in the region. It is also the wettest period of the year in the city. As of autumn, there is less rain, which is ideal for outdoor activities. However, temperatures can drop as low as 10ºC in the winter.