Barra da Lagoa, situated on the island of Florianopolis, is a place which has managed to maintain its architecture and to keep their traditions alive. If you go to the bridge from the center, you can see people here playing dominoes in the square or fishing in the river with a very special net system that is only seen in this area. This place has not yet been subject to development and that makes it a very special place.
I was at the Ilha de Campeche during a trip last Christmas, when I traveled all around southern Brazil. The island is a wonderful, protected place that can only be accessed for four hours a day, by small boats. There is a small historic walking route and of course the tranquil blue sea to enjoy.
Just beautiful, with an exquisite sunset, happy and friendly people, plenty of bars, shops, options for lunch, and full of hostels where you can make new friends with tourists from all over the world. On the streets you'll see people enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle, running and playing sports. You can walk for about 40 minutes to get to the beach of Praia da Joaquina, full of charming vegetation and surf shops. You can try your hand at plenty of water sports. I recommend the Conceio Concept to sleep. It is located next to a supermarket, close to stores, bars, and with wonderful owners ... I can't wait to go back!
If you get a rainy day, you can go to the centre of Florianópolis. There is a mall, called Beiramar Shopping, with enough entertainment. It's great. I was in Ferrugem and took the Bondi to the Floria terminal (I think it was about 2 hours and the ticket is cheap, though I don't remember the exact price from 2010). It's a very nice city, with too much traffic for my taste, but clean and brightly lit.
Florianópolis is a unique place for nature, with its combination of the beach with the hills. It's a great destination for lovers of hiking, and there are plenty of different trails available. The paths are very well-marked, and are ideal to follow in the morning, when the heat isn't too bad. The scenery and views are spectacular.
Campeche Island is a nature reserve located in Florianopolis, Brazil, accessible only by boat or ship. There you can try diving and trekking. You can also find indigenous sites recorded in the rocks of the beach. Highly recommended to enjoy a day at the beach, with a landscape of white sand and clear waters.
This soft beach is located on the road to Barra da Lagoa, with easy access by bus, car, or even on foot. The beach is popular with surfers, who enjoy the high waves here. At the weekend, tourists and residents flock to the area to enjoy the soft sand. To the left of the beach is an open-air sculpture made from huge rocks.
The title is not because of any problems between the people of the city, but purely geographic: the city is partly on the mainland, and partly on the island of Santa Catarina, connected by two bridges. This modern city has ten kilometres of marina and a number of apartment blocks. The historic centre is on the island, and I liked it a lot: it has several colonial and baroque churches, and places like the central market, with restaurants and cafes. I recommend visiting the centre at night, when it is lit up. Santa Catarina is famous for its quality and quantity of beaches; there are more than 100.
Beach Morro das Pedras is in the southeast of the island, only 12km from the airport, between Campeche and Armao beach. Frequented mainly by the local community, its not exactly suitable for swimmers, it is more ideal for surfers. All houses and hotels have direct access to the almost 2 km and a half long beach. Fantastic!
If you're wondering what to do in Florianopolis, the beaches are undoubtedly a good option. The city has 42 official beaches and more than fifty beaches in the surrounding area. Beaches like Canasvieras, Ponta das Canas and Dos Ingleses even rank among the top attractions in Florianopolis. Not surprisingly, surfing is one of the most popular Florianopolis activities and surfers come from all over the world to ride the waves.
If you're traveling with little ones, one of the best things to do in Florianopolis is Beto Carrero, the largest amusement park in South America. Or, spend the day cooling off at the Cascata Carolina Water Park, a perfect way to relax after a morning of sightseeing among the top Florianopolis attractions.
On the coast there are other things to see in Florianopolis, as in the center of the city of Florianopolis. you can not miss the Cathedral, which dates from the sixteenth century; the Palácio Cruz e Souza which houses Museum of History; or the Casa da Alfândega.
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