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Florianopolis

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Beaches · Landmarks · Islands
Magic Island
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline. Sightseeing in Florianopolis leads you through a captivating combination of skyscrapers on the mainland and old colonial buildings on the island, connected by two fine bridges. After dark, the city's simmering nightlife makes just as strong an impression. Surfers from all over the world, as well as windsurfers, paragliders, scuba-divers, and other marine sports fans make the most of a holiday in Florianopolis. But you can also take a more laid-back approach, using the city as a base for exploring pristine beaches and unspoiled nature on the rest of Santa Catarina Island. Plan the details of your Florianopolis holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use Brazil holiday planning tool.
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Popular things to do in Florianopolis

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Santo Antonio de Lisboa ©
Neighborhood
Santo Antonio de Lisboa Santo Antonio de Lisboa
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Jurere Beach ©
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Jurere Beach Jurere
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Praia Mole ©
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Praia Mole
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Joaquina Beach ©
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Joaquina Beach
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Florianopolis

Beto Carrero World ©
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Beto Carrero World Penha
4.5
Duration: 8 hours
Bombinhas Beach ©
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Bombinhas Beach Bombinhas
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
Praia das Laranjeiras ©
Beach
Praia das Laranjeiras Balneario Camboriu
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Praia do Rosa ©
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Praia do Rosa Praia do Rosa
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

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Lagoinha do Leste ©
Beach
Lagoinha do Leste
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Praia do Santinho ©
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Praia do Santinho
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Praia do Campeche ©
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Praia do Campeche
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Barra da Lagoa Beach ©
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Barra da Lagoa Beach
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Beaches in Florianopolis

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Praia dos Ingleses ©
Beach
Praia dos Ingleses
4.0
Duration: 4 hours
Daniela's Beach ©
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Daniela's Beach
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Matadeiro Beach ©
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Matadeiro Beach
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Canasvieiras Beach ©
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Canasvieiras Beach Canasvieiras
3.7
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Florianopolis

Praia da Galheta ©
Beach
Praia da Galheta
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Ribeirao da Ilha ©
Historic Walking Area
Ribeirao da Ilha
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Forte Beach ©
Beach
Forte Beach
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Forte Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa ©
Historic Site
Forte Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa Jurere
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Florianopolis

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Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography
History Museum
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Museum of Brunidores
Specialty Museum
Museum of Brunidores
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Indigenous Museum
Specialty Museum
Indigenous Museum
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Museu do Lixo ©
Specialty Museum
Museu do Lixo
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Florianopolis

To get a true taste of the city's culture on your trip to Florianopolis, it's best to stay in the historical center on Santa Catarina Island. There you'll find plenty of accommodations--a significantly better selection than on the mainland--ranging from budget guesthouses and hostels to luxury hotels. Many guests, however, choose to take advantage of the island's charming nature by staying away from the city center, in the lakeside district of Lagoa da Conceição. For easy access to the best surf beaches on the island, stay a couple miles farther away at Mole Beach or Barra da Lagoa.
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