Top 5 Must Do's in Florianopolis

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You can’t visit Florianopolis without going to one of it 43 sandy beaches, spread out along the 35-mile long island that is the heart of the city. Floripa, as the city is affectionately known as, is an up-and-coming party place for spring break travelers.  Some of the best party beaches include Jurere International Beach, Pantano do Sul, Lagoinha do Leste, and Lagoa da Conceicao. If you’re traveling with family and want to avoid the crazy party crowds, head to Praia dos Naufragados, a quieter beach but still featuring the same quality of cafes, restaurants, and beach activities.

Public Market

Tired of the beaches? Spend a Sunday morning strolling through the veggie and produce stalls at the Florianopolis Public Market. Here you can sample cheeses, fruits, and juice, chat with the farmers, and enjoy a warm pastry and coffee for breakfast. The craft markets here are also worth frequenting if you want to see some local Brazilian art and jewelry. Prices are usually set, although you may be able to barter on larger art pieces.

Fishing Villas

You can’t visit this colorful beach town without going to see the ancient fish villas, built in the early 1800s. Here you can see old fishing boats and historical houses that existed during the time of the famous Floripa sea captain, Anthony Bologna III. Children will enjoy hearing the lore about this man’s sea life and his impact on what was once a dying town.


Opening in late January, the famous Floripa Carnival is not to miss. This humongous parade situated just outside the main city features 2 dozen rides, activities, games, and events, not to mention an array of food and drink. Additionally, here you can find unique art and crafts to send back home.  You will need tickets to attend, which you can buy in advance or in town. If you want to avoid the crowds, attend the carnival in the morning when there are less likely to be rowdy beach goers. If you want the party atmosphere of the carnival, go at night…some of the bars stay open till 5 a.m.!  

São Joaquim

Who says you can’t find a national park in a Brazil beach town? Visit Sao Joaquim if you want to see a variety of South American wildlife, and over 3 dozen kinds of plants and trees. This national park, which stretches over 40,000 acres, is not to miss. This park, open year round, is a favorite with the kids, especially when they get tired of the beach.

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