Florianopolis spans several islands and is the capital city of Santa Catarina state in southern Brazil. With its residents known to enjoy a high quality of life, the coastal destination is often thought of as Brazil's best city to live in. Visitors tend to relish the colourful colonial charm of its older districts.
Florianopolis is home to 60 beaches and is a very popular among surfers and sun-worshippers. In fact, the city is perfect for surf breaks, offering a range of waves to delight both complete amateurs and experienced professionals. Barra da Logoa is the ideal surfing beach for beginners. Ingleses Beach is favoured by tourists and sand boarders. Campeche Beach is a superb surfing beach, with white sands and often turbulent waters. Joaquina Beach has excellent tourist infrastructure, while Santinho Beach is a peaceful, unspoiled stretch where nature-lovers will find joy and inspiration.
The city is also renowned for its fun and energetic nightlife, its unique culture and folklore, and the great seafood provided by the various fishing villages along the coast. The main island, Santa Catarina, is connected to the mainland by three bridges. The old Hercilio Luz Bridge, now closed to traffic, is one of the city's most recognisable landmarks, gracing many postcards.
From a tourist perspective, the city's north is its busiest, most picturesque, and most popular area. It contains sites such as the historic city centre, a 19th century market, and the ornate Museu Histórico de Santa Catarina.
Florianopolis has a humid subtropical climate, with a well-defined summer (November to February) and winter (June to September), and characteristic weather for autumn (March to May) and spring (October to December).
Maximum temperatures in spring and summer range from 77°F (25°C) to 102°F (39°C), while minimum temperatures in winter and autumn move between 43°F (6°C) and 52°F (11°C). There is no real dry season, but there is increased rainfall between January and March. The city experiences drier conditions between April and December. The driest months are from June to August. Snowfall is unlikely.
The most popular time to visit Florianopolis is during summer (January and February), despite the increased rainfall.
To explore the island's beaches, visitors should consider renting a car. Traffic can be intense during the summer season and it can easily take two hours to reach the coast from the city centre.
Travellers can also catch the efficient bus service. Buses for the east coast and south island depart from the local bus terminal on Rua Antônio Luz, while buses for the north depart from the local bus terminal on Rua Francisco Tolentino. Trips to the beaches of Florianopolis take 35-60 minutes by bus.
There are also yellow microbuses (Linhas Executivas) that take the same routes for slightly higher fares, with the additional benefits of air-conditioning, fewer stops, direct routes to the beaches and room for surfboards.
No direct flights from Heathrow to this Destination