Explore Brazil: Florianópolis

February 18th, 2013

 

The last travel guide featured Buzios, one of ViX designer Paula Hermanny’s favorite places in Brazil.  Florianópolis is another island city famous for its variety of beautiful beaches.  Known affectionately as “Floripa” to locals, the diverse city attracts both posh urbanites and easy-going surfers.  It is also the capital city of Santa Catarina, a state in the southern region of the country.

A trip to Florianópolis gives the visitor a chance for peaceful relaxation without want of nearby city hotspots.  Below, are the must-see places of the city:

 

Beaches

Yes, there are plenty but it is still best to plan ahead.  Beaches are always crowded during the high seasons of October through March. 

For nightlife, celeb spottings and the ultimate place to see and be seen, head to luxurious Jurere.

Looking for the opposite of the above? Try Canasvierias, Daniela and Campeche…the white sands and blue waters ease you into a restful state of bliss.

Attention wave seekers!  Florianópolis is also a top surfing destination, with beaches like Joaquina, Mole and Santinho forever packed with pro surfers and amateurs. 

 

 

Bites of Delight

As an island city, fresh seafood is the main attraction of most restuarants. Indulge for a delectable lunch or dinner!

For those passionate about oysters, the charming village of Santo Antonio de Lisboa serves the best, while giving incredible views for its lucky diners!

An absolute must try is the Valencian paella, seafood done the Spanish way. Find this dish at Blackbeard Restaurant in Lagoa da Conceição.

Try savory French and Spanish fusion cuisine at the cozy Joy Joy Bistro.  Delightful fare in a romantic setting!

 


To Stay Awhile

Enjoy the quaint luxury of Villa Del Sol y Mar, a boutique hotel in Jurere that offers full suites and five star service.

Costão Santinho is an all inclusive resort facing the sea and Atlantic Forest.  Boasting a wide range of activies, this prized hotel is great for families and couples.  Visit the spa, play a round of golf or lounge at the infinity pool—everything is designed for comfort.

 

Insider Tips

The Lagoa da Conceição deserves a visit.  It is a popular site for kite/wind surfing and gliding.  The views of the lagoon are beautifully stunning!

 Grab someone and watch the sunset at the Hercílio Luz Bridge together.

In the old historic center of Florianópolis, there is a lone, hundred year old fig tree in Square XV of November. Legend has it that circling the tree three times will bring love.  No harm in trying!