Standing as the capital of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina on the southern coast of Brazil, Florianópolis is the epitome of a Brazilian beach paradise. There are two distinct halves that make up the whole of this beachside town: one is a modern, industrial cityscape occupying mainland Brazil, while the other is situated on Santa Catarina Island, home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches and scenery. Despite being originally settled by the Portuguese, the city developed a strong German and Italian influence through trade, and the blend of cultures has made this city a truly inviting destination to the international traveler. In addition to the island’s 42 superb beaches, the area’s traditional roots, friendly people, and preserved colonial architecture have also helped Florianópolis earn its title as one of the best places to live in Brazil.

Visitors near and far come to Florianópolis for the gorgeous beaches and waves, where some of the best surfing in the world can be had. Kayaking, snorkeling, and sailing are also popular past times and can be experienced at the trendy northern and eastern beaches, while the more isolated and unspoiled beaches to the south are best for those in search of a true, uninterrupted escape. The centerpiece of the island, however, is Lagoa da Conceição, a natural attraction famous for its world-class windsurfing conditions. Despite its waterside setting, visitors will find many other outdoor sports still popular here, including diving and mountain biking.

In addition to being a haven for surfers, Florianópolis gets its character from its inhabitants, many of whom are still involved in traditional trades such as fishing and lace making. It is this traditional culture, local folklore, and colonial architecture that draw so many tourists to this remarkable location every year. Not to be missed is the historic town center where one can find wonderful examples of colonial architecture. Also nearby is the district of Governador Celso Ramos, an area steeped in tradition and history. It is made up of small fishing villages, where you can find a slice of life from colonial Brazil—a picturesque backdrop to any Brazil beach vacation.

Contact Ker & Downey today to find out how you can incorporate the delightful city of Florianópolis into your next South American adventure.