Family Travel Ideas in Florianopolis

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Families will not be short of things to do during a holiday in Florianopolis. Over 40 beaches surround the city, many of which are calm enough for swimming; there are plenty of family-friendly resort hotels and children are welcomed with open arms in most restaurants, cafes, museums and cultural centers. Florianopolis' main draw for families is its beautiful beaches, so it is wise to avoid the chilly winter months of June through to September, when temperatures will be too cold for swimming.

Family-Friendly Lodgings

Children of all ages will receive a warm welcome at most hotels, guest houses and campsites in Florianopolis. Those looking for hotels specifically geared towards families should head to Praia dos Ingleses, which is something of a haven for family travelers. Here there are lots of large-scale hotels equipped with pools, games areas, internet access and the like.  Among the best is Hotel Costa Norte Ingleses, which is right on the beach. Along with two pools, a gym and expansive gardens, this above-average hotel boasts spacious rooms with cable television, large balconies and wireless internet access. Praia dos Ingleses is awash with cheap and cheerful pizza, burger and BBQ restaurants, along with some good late-night bars for the grownups. Many hotels in Praia dos Ingleses can arrange babysitting services. Families on a budget will be very welcome at the numerous campsites on the island - try Fortaleza da Barra, in Barra da Lagoa, or Camping Clube do Brasil, close to Lagoa da Conceicao. There is also a very well equipped campsite at Praia dos Ingleses

Safety in Florianopolis

Many travelers thinking of taking a family holiday in Brazil quite rightly have concerns about safety in this part of the world, but with a few simple precautions a trip to Florianopolis should be trouble free. The state of Santa Catarina has a reputation for being among the safest in Brazil, and Florianopolis does not suffer the large-scale gang violence problems that blight larger cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. That said, as with most destinations in Brazil, it's important to take a few safety precautions. Keep cameras hidden when out and about, don't wear flashy clothes or jewelery, and avoid dark streets at night.

Transfer digital camera pics to computer or disk daily, to avoid losing those precious family snaps should you be unlucky and have your camera stolen.

Family Activities

Life in Florianopolis revolves around the beach, and with 42 of the on Ilha da Santa Catarina, families are spoilt for choice. Praia dos Ingleses is one of the best spots for water sports, while Praia Mole, Lagao da Conceicao and Praia do Campeche are smaller and, outside the peak tourist season of December to February, relatively quiet. The center of Florianopolis is a pleasant place to stroll around, with colorful markets, lots of inexpensive cafes, and leafy squares. There are a couple of cinemas in the center too, showing all the major international releases - look for English language films with Portuguese legendas (subtitles).
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