Budget Travel Ideas in Florianopolis

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Awash with relaxed beach bars, low-cost pousadas (guest houses), and well-equipped campsites, Florianopolis has plenty to offer the budget traveler. Even during the summer high season of December through to February, prices here compare favorably with other Brazilian hotspots such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, and stiff competition means that it's possible to eat well without blowing a hole in your travel budget.

Where to Stay

While the city of Florianopolis itself has a number of options suitable for budget travelers, most visitors here will want to head out to the beautiful beaches that stud the coast of Ilha da Santa Catarina. Avoid the high-rise resort hotels of Praia dos Ingleses and head instead for the backpacker havens of Joaquina, Barra da Lagoa and Lagoa da Conceicao, where you will find plenty of budget-friendly options to choose from. Competition for beds can be fierce in January and February, so it may be worth booking in advance through a site. In Barra da Lagoa, the Backpackers, right by the beach at Servidao da Prainha has dorms and private rooms, while the neighboring Pousada Floripez is a cheap and welcoming guest house. The campsite at Fortaleza da Barra is good value. In the city itself, the HI hostel at Rua Duarte Schutel 227 is a good place to meet other travelers.

Budget Bites

Ilha da Santa Catarina is home to countless snack bars selling tasty pasteis - oven baked pastries stuffed with anything from shrimp to palm hearts. At around R$2-3 a pop, these make cheap and filling snacks. For something more substantial, look for restaurants that serve food a kilo  - you load up your plate with whatever you fancy, and pay according to weight; or offering lunch of the day for a set price. Another good option is to head for one of the many places serving rodizio da pizza - for upwards of r$10, waiters will bring round slab after slab of pizzas with various toppings until you can eat no more. For good-value vegetarian eats, try Vida, at Rua Visconde de Ouro Preto, which offers hearty vegetarian set lunches for around R$8.

Nightlife

The beach culture in Florianopolis means its perfectly possible to party the night away  while spending next to nothing. Take food, drink and a blanket down to the beaches at Barra da Lagoa, Lagao da Conceicao or Joaquina, and prepare to join hordes of cash-strapped travelers from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay for makeshift beach parties.



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