Florianopolis Attractions





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  • Beaches
  • Florianopolis is an island. Understand this, and you'll see why many of our top picks for things to do here are "praias" (beaches). Come here looking for museums, haute cuisine, or architectural marvels, and you might be disappointed. Come with a beach blanket, an umbrella, and a pair of Havaianas, and you'll be well prepared for what Floripa has to throw at you.

    If you're into surfing and watersports, even better. Praia Joaquina and Lagoa da Conceicao offer up chances for surfing and other nautical activities, respectively. Joaquina in particular, discovered by surfers in the 1970s and never abandoned, is a haven for bros and babes looking to get on the water.

    Just want to sit back and relax on the beach? Campeche is a classic example of Brazilians' laissez faire attitude to soaking in the sun on the shore. Isolated, remote Naufragados offers superb vistas and the chance to commune with nature. Not isolated enough, you say? Then Ilha do Campeche (Campeche Island), is for you.

    Ok, so Praia Mole might be more about status and strut than sitting on your lazy butt, but it's still a beach, and it also has a nightlife all its own. It's also close enough to Lagoa da Conceicao's bars and restaurants to serve as an excellent starting point for your nocturnal agenda.

    We've also included iconic Hercilio Luz bridge here in case you really can't (or don't want to) make it to the beach, or are a history buff. You can also get your bearings on the island with a hike to the top of Morro da Cruz (Cross Hill) or a jaunt around the island in a schooner.

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    Lagoa da Conceicao

    Lagoa da Conceicao

    Smack dab in the middle of the island, a lagoon with many faces... read more

    Praia Joaquina

    Avenida Prefeito Acacio Garibaldi S. Thiago

    Best beach for surfers... read more

    Florianopolis Boat Tour

    Praia de Canasvieiras

    Don't just stay on the island, go around it in a schooner... read more

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    Ilha do Campeche

    Ilha do Campeche

    An island off the island... if you really want to get away... read more

    Praia do Campeche

    R. Tereza Lopes

    Semi-isolated, classic Brazilian beach on the southern coast... read more

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    Praia Mole

    R. Dorvalina Carolina Florindo, Barra da Lagoa

    Florianopolis's hippest beach attracts the kind of crowd that will stay on to party well into the night... read more

    Praia Naufragados

    Parque Estatual da Serra do Tabuleiro

    Isolated beach that was a landing point of Azorean immigrants... read more

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    Morro da Cruz, Florianopolis - Santa Catarina

    Morro da Cruz, Florianopolis - Santa Catarina

    Climb the hill, and the cross at the top will be the least of the attractions... read more

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    Praia dos Ingleses

    Estr. Dom João Becker

    Most touristy beach on the island holds more than a couple surprises... read more

    Ponte Herci­lio Luz

    Ponte Hercilio Luz, Centro

    Floripa's famous bridge -- an icon of the city...
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    Florianopolis Boat Tour

    Praia de Canasvieiras

    Don't just stay on the island, go around it in a schooner... read more
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