Florianópolis, the capital of southern Brazil’s Santa Catarina state, is made up mostly of 54km (33 miles) long Santa Catarina Island. The island, also known as “Floripa” for short, is famous as a popular beach destination for surfers and sun-seekers (like me). The island offers a selection of 42 beaches to choose from, each more beautiful than the other. Furthermore, you’ll find here a variety of hiking trails, tasty food, and little fishing villages.
I had the best time ever in Floripa. Immediately falling in love with the beaches, scenery, people and the sunsets. I promise to share detailed guides of all my Brazil adventures soon, but until then, grab a Caipirinha and take a look at 10 photos that will ignite your wanderlust and get you booking a plane ticket as soon as possible (hopefully):
You said Floripa you said, Praia Mole. One of the most popular beaches in Floripa. You can find here all the cool kids on the weekends, enjoying the sun, having a drink or surfing. One of the best beaches for surfing but less for swimming as the currents here are very strong. Perfect location for a great sunrise.
Tip: If you’re there head to ‘Aragua Surf Club’, they have a surf club, yoga place and a vegan cafe with great food and fresh juices!
On the left side of the beach, you’ll find these rock formations that will also lead you to the secret da Galheta beach. I was just fascinated by them as I have never seen these kinds of rocks before. Definitely worth coming closer and taking a look (and a picture).
A beautiful and secluded beach next to the popular Mole beach. It takes a bit of a walk (and some rock climbing to get there) but it’s so worth it as it’s peaceful and serene. Just take in mind that clothing is optional in this beach…
Barra Da Lagoa beach is also one of the most popular ones in Floripa, that’s why it is more crowded on the weekends and also is a bit more touristic (in regards of restaurants, beach cafes, and bars…) but it’s absolutely beautiful. This is also a great place to surf if you’re a beginner as the waves here are much more forgiving.
A beautiful long beach with amazing rocks on one side and huge sand dunes on the other. You can surf here (in the water or on the sand dunes) or just climb to the top of the rocks and enjoy some surfers-watching.
This beauty is located in the southern end of the Santa Catarina Island. It can be reached only by a 4 km walking trail or by boat. It’s about an hour walk to the beach and the landscape once you get there is worthwhile.
Campeche Island (Ilha do Campeche) just off the coast of Florianópolis, is listed as an Archaeological and Landscape Heritage Site by IPHAN (Brazil’s National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute). It’s easy to get to and it’s also known as the Caribbean of Brazil du to it’s crystal clear water.
Located at the northern part of the island, Canasvieiras is a great urban getaway beach. With its clear and quiet water and the proximity to restaurants and shops, you can’t go wrong. A very family friendly beach and a great relaxing spot for the weekend.
Of course, don’t miss a visit to the city itself. Grab a Caldo de Cana (freshly squeezed sugarcane juice) in the Mercado Público de Florianópolis and enjoy the great vibes, food and live music before you head to all the little shops and booths.
If you need a break from all of the beaches, head to the lagoon in the middle of the island. In Lagoa da Conceição, you can enjoy different water sports or just a beautiful sunset.
Tip: Try ‘Mirante Praia Mole’ viewing point on the east side of the lagoon for a great view and honestly the best acai bowl you’ll ever have.
If you’d like to see some more pictures of my time in Brazil you are more than welcome to watch the special highlight dedicated to Floripa on my Instagram account.