One of the most popular destinations in Brazil has 42 beaches and almost 98% of its territory located on an island. Below, check out our four-day itinerary in Floripa
Day 1: The beaches of the north
Set aside an entire morning to visit the beaches of Jurerê Tradicional and Jurerê Internacional. Bathed by the same warm, calm waters, they have different styles: the former is an upscale residential area, while the latter is home to parties. At the resort Il Campanário Villagio, the Oriental-style dorado with sesame seeds, wasabi purée and tare sauce is a good option for a lazy lunch.
Avenida dos Búzios, 1.760
The northern portion of the island is home to Praia de Canasvieiras, a known refuge for Argentine tourists. A few miles from there, at Praia Brava, a select group disputes every part of the sand (keep an eye out for Le BarBaron, a hotspot in the area). To wrap up the afternoon, a light stroll leads to the lovely cliffs at Praia do Santinho.
Avenida Tom Traugott Wildi, 215
Back to the city center, the neighborhoods of Sambaqui, Cacupé and Santo Antônio de Lisboa comprise the can't-miss Route of the Setting Sun. Even when seasoned with salt and sand, every tourist is welcome at the over 20 restaurants in the region, which specialize in seafood. At Villa do Porto, try the Moda Déhli shrimp and oysters.
Rua Quinze de Novembro, 123
Day 2: East and south
Lagoa da Conceição, a saltwater lagoon, is one of Florianópolis's landmarks, and its entire surrounding area is peppered with attractions. At Canto da Lagoa there's a row of restaurants; at Barra da Lagoa, a stretch of sand forms a popular beach. Another interesting locale is the Costa da Lagoa, accessible by boat: the ride lasts around a half-hour and is a great option for contemplating the landscape.
The Fortaleza da Barra, which accesses Barra da Lagoa, is a path filled with great food options. For a delicious lunch with an incredible view, the right place is the almost hidden Fedoca do Canal, which serves the most famous moqueca (a seafood stew) in town.
Rua Laurindo José de Souza, 291
To immerse yourself even deeper into the colonial Portuguese traditions, head for two beaches in the south: Pântano do Sul and Ribeirão da Ilha. If you're lucky, you'll get to see lacemakers, folk healers and fishermen with the exotic way of speaking registered in the nearly 3,500 entries listed in the Dicionário da Ilha (Fernando Alexandre, 1994, Cobra Coralina).
Rua Abelardo Otacílio Gomes, 254
Responsible for over 90% of the oyster production in Brazil, the marine farms of Ribeirão da Ilha have brought fame to the region. After watching the shellfish being collected on the beach, you can sample the goods fresh, in natura at such restaurants as Ostradamus (Rodovia Baldicero Filomeno, 7.640) and Rancho Açoriano (Rua Baldicero Filomeno, 5.634).
Day 3: Center and Morro da Cruz
The Beira-Mar Norte land fill is the most vibrant artery in the center of Florianópolis. On foot or on rented bikes, the suggestion is to enjoy the promenade and the view, from the Centro Integrado de Cultura to the Hercílio Luz Bridge (which, though closed off to traffic, remains a favorite location for selfies).
Recently renovated, the Public Market now has varied stores, a roof over the central patio and new installations for old standbys like Box 32. There, “the most democratic counter in the city” has been serving the shrimp pastel preferred by nine out of 10 tourists since 1984. A can’t-miss cliché.
Rua Jerônimo Coelho, 60
In the afternoon, it's time to explore the historic center on foot. In the vicinity of the Public Market, rustic narrow streets lead to colonial Portuguese houses, Largo da Alfândega (home to a handicraft market), Praça XV de Novembro, Palace Cruz e Sousa, and the Álvaro de Carvalho Theater.
In the late afternoon, the sun coloring the waters of the north and south bays, the exuberant green of the mangrove and the effervescence of the three bridges that connect the island and the continent can be admired all at once from atop Morro da Cruz. For dinner, Píer 54, under Hercílio Luz Bridge, has a live pianist, drinks and an eclectic menu.
Avenida Osvaldo Rodrigues Cabral, 1.251
Day 4: Beto Carrero World
Around 62 miles [100 km] separate Florianópolis from Balneário de Penha, where the theme park Beto Carrero World is located. Set aside an entire day to visit the locale, as it is the biggest of its kind in Latin America, with over 100 attractions.
As soon as you get there, check out the schedule of shows and plan your day. Among the most popular are the Fast and the Furious, with souped-up cars, and Madagascar Circus Show, with characters from the animated film of the same name. Among the extreme rides, the best are the Big Tower and the roller coasters, like Star Mountain. Leave the wet rides, like Crazy River, for last, so you can wrap up your visit with a refreshing splash!
LATAM has flights to Florianópolis departing from São Paulo, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro and another three cities.