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Costa da Lagoa, Florianopolis

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The small village of Costa da Lagoa, on Lagoa da Conceição, can only be reached by boat or by winding forest trails. The village's remoteness and simplicity give it the feeling of a lost civilisation. Private speed boats can be rented, but the simplest (and cheapest) mode of transport is to use the same taxi-boat as the villagers do. Along the way you can stop off at one of the many waterfront restaurants with their own jetties. At the village itself, you can explore the forest trails, visit the tiny church, cool off at the waterfall, or simply talk to the friendly locals. Just make sure you don't miss the last boat back to the mainland. Take a look at our Florianopolis trip itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Costa da Lagoa and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Arrive by boat, lunch with one foot in the sand, on the edge of the lagoon, under the shade of the native trees, power cooling off in the water, is priceless.
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  • To get there is by boat, starting from 2 different places (Center of the lagoon and near the Red River), with the so-called boat-cabs, having multiple points of stop or walk by trail, more or less a gora and half. But it's worth it for the visual, very good restaurants on the edge of the pond. There are small local village and a waterfall.
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  • I love the walk to the pond! We went to lunch and we ate in a restaurant there, very pretty.
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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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