A subtropical road trip:

an itinerary on the northern coast of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Eduardo do Valle

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An itinerary by car on the northern coast of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil



1. Itajaí

It’s home to one of the main ports in Brazil and Navegantes International Airport, which services the region. On the coast, the beach known as Praia Brava is a famous hangout for surfers due to its crystal-clear waters and good waves. The city also attracts skateboarders, who enjoy the celebrated ramps at the Ozz Garden and Édem Skatepark.

Ozz Garden - Rua André Luís Vidal Soares, 79, Praia Brava Édem Skatepark - Rua Renato Melim Cunha, 530, Praia Brava


2. Balneário Camboriú

With plenty of hotels and restaurants, the city is popular during peak season, which lasts all summer. In addition to enjoying the beaches, you can go bike riding on the designated bike lane along Avenida Atlântica and explore the many nightclubs in the area. Parque Unipraias, which has a cable car and other attractions, is another great tourist option.



3. Interpraias

On the way to Florianópolis, Avenida Interpraias offers a route surrounded by greenery and more isolated coves. For example, the almost deserted Praia de Taquaras can be accessed from the road by walking a short distance. Even more hidden is Estaleirinhos, a beach that’s home to inns, exclusive hotels, and lively day clubs during the summer.


4. Bombinhas

This peninsula is home to one of the most beautiful stretches of  northern coast in Santa Catarina. Bombinhas has crystal-clear waters and protected beaches, featuring a fishing village atmosphere. The neighboring Mariscal is popular among surfers, and  Boat arties at Caixa D’Aço liven up the nightlife.



5. Governador Celso Ramos

Turquoise-blue waters and fine sands add a paradisiacal touch to the beaches of Sissial and Currais. More energetic travelers will prefer neighboring stretches like Palmas or Tinguá, which offer entertainment options every day.

6. Florianópolis

With both peaceful and crowded beaches, surfing spots, delicious seafood, and an enviable seaside avenue the Santa Catarina capital has transformed into a top destination among Brazilians and foreigners alike. Located in southern Brazil, the city has a mild climate – a real subtropical paradise that’s ready to be discovered!