Background Information: Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil)
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June 10th, 2006 – by: GigiChloe1
MINI-BLOG on background information: Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil--- Anyway Florianópolis, which I quickly learned is often refered to as Floripa by locals, is located on the southern coast of Brazil. It is the capital city of the state of Santa Catarina, and is located on the west coast of the island of Santa Catarina. Florianopolis consists of one continental part, one main island (The Island of Santa Catarina), and the surrounding small islands. Hercilio Luz Bridge, which is the longest suspension bridge in Brazil is what connects the mainland to the island. The smaller islands were islands were once protected by large forts in the 17th century, and I had the opportunity to see one of these forts. Hericlio Luz Bridge: the longest suspension bridge in Brazil. The second day we were in Florianopolis we went on a tour of the entire island, and visited Forte de Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa. This massive stone structure still stands, and coupled with the spectacular view of the mountains and the beach in the background makes this an absolutely stunning view. As with any island key emphasis is often placed on the beaches that it offers, and Florianoplis does not lack here. It has over 100 beaches, with roughly 40 being well known. The breathtaking white sand beaches, and blue/green water must be experienced in order to fully understand. I have included some pictures of the most popular beaches. Walking around and visiting the beaches all I can think of is how wonderful it would be to come back in the summer time (our winter). Unfortunately I was talking to a girl here who has lived here for over 1 year. She is studying marketing and business here, and is from Florida Atlantic University. From what she told me, I am currently here during off season Praia Brava beach which I actually visited myself. (more on this later) It is a smaller more secluded beach which is more poular for younger crowds and surfers. She referred to it as a “dessert town”. Apparently there are roughly 400,000 inhabitants (according to her), and during the summer time this number jumps to 1 million. Apparently the cost of everything doubles during this time•from taxis, to dining out, and even from grocery shopping. She completely ruined my dream•that is•to come back during Christmas break. I guess this really IS a once in a lifetime experience…unless that is I comeback next summer?
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