Matadeiro beach, Florianopolis

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Enclosed by lush vegetation and a mountain that shares its name, Matadeiro beach is accessible only on foot but well worth the walk. The 1000 m (0.6 miles) beach is a paradise for nature lovers. With relatively few visitors, it will feel like you have it all to yourself. Surfing and free-diving are popular activities, and a short hike up the hill will lead you to a stunning view. Along one of the many trails you can follow from the beach is a curious rock formation known as the “Matadeiro cave.” Local legend has it that this was once a center of energy. Put Matadeiro beach and other Florianopolis attractions into our Florianopolis trip itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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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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  • The beach is nice but is extremely crowded, and the tide rises quite early in the summer meaning by 3pm you're limited to a few meters of sand. Not many options to eat or drink there. The trail to rea...  more »
  • After a hike we spent a relaxing afternoon here eating steamed shrimp and drinking fruit juices in Borinelli's. You have to walk about 5-10 mins from Armação to get there which might explain why it is...  more »
  • It is my favourite beach in Floripa. Is beautiful, calm and clean. You can only access by foot (10 minutes walking from Armação beach).  more »