Praia Mole, Florianopolis

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Unwind and people-watch at Praia Mole, a popular beach some 15 km (9.3 mi) from downtown Florianopolis. Extending for 960 m (3,150 ft) with a varying width, the beach features soft white sands and some stretches studded with smooth rocks. Known for strong, long waves, the sea here makes a great spot for surfing. A popular gathering place for youth of the island, the beach draws a strong LGBT crowd, plus a contingent of paragliders. Numerous bars, restaurants, nightclubs line the whole stretch of the beach. Access gets busy in high season. Take a look at our Florianopolis itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Praia Mole and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Beautiful beach with crystal clear waters and good conditions for the practice of surfing. The landscape is wonderful, with the singing of the elabo9rado stones through years of erosion maritima.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Very nice beach with good waves for surf. There are several places where rent tables. Quick access from the road.
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  • August 3, 2017
    The beach is beautiful and well frequented. The sea is agitated and very cold, but definitely worth a dip, or more rs. Not many bars, but those who have, are great. Average price to high.
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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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