Florianopolis Travel Guide

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Florianopolis Overview

The capital city of the Santa Catarina State in the southernmost section of Brazil, Florianopolis is an island city just off the coast, known for its 40+ beaches and major surfing activity. Newsweek rated the city as one of the 10 most dynamic cities in the world to visit, and for visitors around the world this is a major beach destination that combines metropolitan luxuries with seaside fun for an intoxicating blend unlike any other place in the world. Split into two parts, with the mainland half of the island containing many of the cultural and historically significant buildings while the island half is packed full of the best beaches and access to the surf, Florianopolis is a modern city that rivals any other coastal destination on the planet, and if fun in the sun is your type of vacation, there's no better place than here.

While the city itself and sections of the mainland are as modern as any other city in the world, the island includes a variety of beaches that are rated among the best available, with some of them only accessible via trails that have to be hiked in order to reach. Which actually incorporates another aspect of the island that many people skip in order to access the phenomenal surfing: the interior, full of lush forests and rolling hills.

Make no mistake, Florianopolis is a major Brazilian resort. The old section of the city and the mainland boasts some of the most culturally significant buildings in the region, and the evolution of the city into the 21st century has been seamless. Amenities and accommodations are as luxurious as anywhere else in the world, and the combination of Brazilian food, beaches, countryside, and culture are a dizzying array that will have any traveler feeling like they just stepped into a whirlwind of fun. Regardless of what time of year you come or your level of traveling experience, Florianopolis is the perfect place for a bit of coastal fun.