Florianópolis, Brazil 🇧🇷 Gringo's Guide
The second most popular beach city in Brazil for gringos...
When you hear of "Ilha da Magia" in Brazil, you know people are talking of Florianópolis.
An island surrounded by paradisiacal beaches and many things to do in nature like hiking, surfing, diving...
Florianópolis is sort of a “Brazilian Hawaii”
A place with lots of beautiful beaches, great nightlife, and stunning landscapes. Oh, and the great looking Brazilian girls don’t hurt, either.
Florianópolis, Brazil 🇧🇷
Florianópolis has a permanent population of 574,200 inhabitants and is the second most populous city in Santa Catarina after Joinville. The metropolitan region of Florianópolis has around 1,209,818 inhabitants.
In the summer, as well as all other coastal cities, Florianopolis receives tourists coming from nearby cities in search of its beautiful beaches — greatly increasing its population in this season.
Florianopolis is located on the coast in the state of Santa Catarina, with one part being the continental city, which is small, and the other part the large island of Florianopolis.
The climate in Florianópolis is humid subtropical.
The average annual temperature is 21 °C. Summer is warm and hot, and winter is cool. The rainiest period is between December and March.
The minimum temperature in the coldest months (June, July, August) ranges from 8 to 13 °C and the maximum temperature in the hottest months (December, January, February) ranges from 29 to 34 °C.
In summer, the temperature is perfect for enjoying the beaches and cooling off in the sea.
Why Visit Florianópolis, Brazil?
I would say that there are three main points that attract tourists to Florianopolis:
Florianópolis is 97% an island, which means that it has a huge variety of beaches all around.
You can go to the beaches in the north like: Jurerê Internacional, Praia dos Ingleses, Canasvieiras.
You can go to the beaches in the central region of Florianópolis like: Praia Mole, Praia da Joaquina, Praia do Campeche.
And finally the beaches in the south of Florianópolis such as: Praia do Matadeiro, Lagoinha do Leste, Praia da Armação.
These are the main ones, but there are many more beaches to be discovered.
Nature Retreats and Hikes:
Florianópolis is a very environmentally preserved city with beautiful places isolated from civilization.
It has several natural spots such as Lagoa da Conceição, Lagoa do Peri Municipal Park, Lagoinha do Leste, which has no buildings and can only be reached by a 2-hour hike, Campeche Island, among other natural beauties that the city provides.
Historical Center and Santo Antônio de Lisboa:
Both would be the old and historic districts of the city. The historic center is home to the great Florianópolis Public Market, the Cruz e Souza Palace, the Florianópolis Cathedral, and Praça XV, all dating from the end of the 18th century, with a colonial Azorean architecture.
Santo Antônio de Lisboa is a neighborhood that began to form in 1648 with the arrival of the first Portuguese in the area. The entire neighborhood has this colonial Azorean architecture that gives a different charm to the region.
The main points of the neighborhood would be the Nossa Senhora das Necessidades Church, the Feira das Alfaias, the Santo Antônio de Lisboa beach and the “Sunset route”
How To Get to Florianópolis, Brazil
Unless you’re already in the Brazilian south, you’ll be flying in.
Florianópolis has the biggest airport in Santa Catarina, being located in the south of the island. Besides the Florianopolis airport, there is also the Navegantes airport, an hour and a half away from Florianópolis by car.
There are international connections to:
Argentina — Buenos Aires
Chile — Santiago
Uruguay — Montevideo
Unless you are in the Southern Cone, you’re more likely to fly in to Brazil’s major airports, like São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, and take a connecting flight to Florianópolis.