Each day you are here, Florianópolis will find new ways to seduce, inspire, and enchant you!

Florianópolis or simply "Floripa" is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Brazil. Also known as The Magic Island (Ilha da Magia), it is a magnificent environment, rich in a history of mysticism and tales.

Florianópolis is the capital of Santa Catarina State. Floripa’s total area of 436.5 km is comprised of an ocean island of 424.4 km and a continental peninsula of 12.1 km, connected by three bridges. The population is about 500,000.

 





 

 

   
 







Eastern Standard Time
Florianópolis Time

From Oct 29th to Nov 4th — clocks in Florianópolis are 2 hour ahead.

From Nov 5th to Feb 25th — clocks in Florianópolis are 3 hours ahead.

From Feb 26th to Mar 11th — clocks in Florianópolis are 2 hours ahead.

From Mar 12th to Nov 3rd — clocks in Florianópolis are 1 hour ahead.

 

 

 





Come and enjoy dunes, lagoons, the Atlantic forest, 172 km of coastline, and more than 42 beaches!! Each beach has its own unique personality, to suit every taste. You’ll find small bays with quiet waters, beaches with huge waves, popular beaches offering fun and entertainment, secluded beaches that offer privacy, beaches perfect for outdoor sports, and the tranquil beaches of local fishing villages. The breathtaking settings of many of these beaches are ideal starting points for exploring the fascinating ecosystems along the southern coast of Brazil.



Distances from downtown Florianópolis to some of the main beach towns and beaches:


Beach


Milles


Kilometers

Campeche

14

20

Armaçao

17

25

Matadeiro

17

26

Riberao da Ilha

18

27

Lagoa da Conceiçao

8

12

Mole

10

15

Galeta

10

15

Joaquina

10

15

Barra da Lagoa

14

20

Santo Antonio de Lisboa

9

13

Santinho

28

40

Canasvieiras

18

27

Jurere

15

23

Ingleses

24

36













 



Florianópolis is well served with comfortable tourist facilities and convenient services. It has various locations capable of housing large events, including a modern convention center. It also offers a lively downtown, universities, modern shopping centers, and excellent restaurants. Wide avenues and good roads provide easy access to all beaches.
 





Florianópolis has a rare combination of ecosystems: sea, sand dunes, ocean islands, mountains, mangrove swamps, sandy soil, Atlantic forest, and rivers that make it the single most popular destination in Brazil for leisure activities, especially those related to nature.

 

The city's development model combines tourism with environmental preservation.
 






According to a UN study, over the last five years, Florianópolis has twice received the title "city with the best quality of life" in Brazil. It also has the fourth highest Human Development Index among approximately 5000 Brazilian cities. It is a favorite tourist destination, and a place where many Brazilians dream of living. You will appreciate the sense of security, the cleanliness of the streets and beaches, and the respect for nature that is demonstrated everywhere. In fact, 42% of the area of Florianópolis is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of nature!

The people of Florianópolis are its greatest treasure. Their friendliness and warmth will make you want to come back again and again. Floripa’s many universities, sports, and activities attract thousands of students, tourists, and other visitors, who, in turn, contribute to the city's happy and relaxed atmosphere.


 




Temperature in Brazil is measured in Centigrade.

Seasons in Florianópolis are the reverse of those in Noth America.

  • Spring: September 21 to December 21
  • Summer: December 21 to March 21
  • Fall: March 21 to June 21
  • Winter: June 21 to September 21

During the winter in Florianópolis, you can expect temperatures between 52°F and 70°F (11°C to 21°C), and in the summer, between 77°F and 100ºF (25°C to 37°C).

Temperature in Florianópolis

 

Max.

Min.

Mid.

Rain

Jan

28ºC

21ºC

24ºC

175 mm

Feb

28ºC

22ºC

25ºC

178 mm

Mar

27ºC

21ºC

24ºC

165 mm

Apr

25ºC

18ºC

22ºC

97 mm

May

23ºC

16ºC

18ºC

97 mm

Jun

21ºC

13ºC

17ºC

76 mm

Jul

20ºC

13ºC

16ºC

94 mm

Aug

21ºC

14ºC

17ºC

91 mm

Sept

21ºC

15ºC

18ºC

127 mm

Oct

23ºC

17ºC

19ºC

127 mm

Nov

24ºC

18ºC

22ºC

130 mm

Dec

26ºC

20ºC

23ºC

147 mm

 




Enjoy trekking in the Atlantic Coastal Forest, bird watching, mountaineering, mountain biking, paragliding, hang-gliding, sailing, diving, sand boarding, windsurfing, boating, fishing, surfing, jet skiing, hiking, horseback riding on the sand dunes under the moonlight, yoga on the beach, golfing, and whale watching — just to name a few! Few places can boast so many different types of activities in so many diverse settings.

 

Downtown is modern and cosmopolitan, while the interior and coastline of the island still shelter many rural and quiet communities that date back to the Azorean colonization in the XVIII century.

Florianópolis was one of the first cities in Brazil to be colonized by the Portuguese. From long ago until today, a combination of history, spectacular natural surroundings, and modern-day facilities and institutions have resulted in a very attractive mix of cultures.

Contrasts such as these have become a way of life in Florianópolis — a way of life that mixes urban and rural, new and old, native and foreign, cosmopolitan and provincial, natural and technological, simple and sophisticated.

You will meet fascinating people: surfers, students, fishermen, businessmen, public employees, to name but a few. These gentle, open-minded, and calm people will help you feel welcome and at home in Floripa.





 

Floripa boasts an amazing diversity of ecosystems. It is a paradise for divers and for all kinds of nature lovers.  There are more than 17 different hiking trails here, some easy, some practically impossible! —but all of them with breathtaking scenery. Speak with us to find the right trails for you. ( See Create Your Trip — Activities.)

Don’t forget your camera!! 

 




 



The natural beauty of Florianópolis and its people are its greatest attraction. 
90% of tourists come here for its culture, beaches, activities, and scenery. Here are some examples:

Sights
There are countless spectacular sights to experience around the city. Most with easy access:

Morro da Cruz
Television companies of the city have located here because of the broad view of the downtown area and part of the mainland.
Mirante da Lagoa da Conceição
From this location at the top of a hill, on the way to Lagoa da Conceiçã, you can see the lagoon, the Joaquina Dunes, and the sea.
Mole Beach
Discover one of the of Lagoa da Conceição's most beautiful scenic views by stopping at Barra da Lagoa general road, in front of Ponto de Vista Bar.
 
Morro das Pedras
Between Armação and Pântano do Sul Beaches lies a panoramic view of Santa Catarina Island Coast and the Lagoa do Peri.
Indian Inscriptions
Explore prehistoric sites (sambaquis, dolmens, monoliths) located in Florianópolis. Most of the Indian inscriptions are found at Campeche Island and Costão do Santinho Resort.
Ecologic Parks
Floripa has more than 30 preserved areas and parks which comprise about 42% of the island. Some of them, such as the Lagoa do Peri Park, can be visited, and have tourist facilities.
 

 

 

Landmarks


Hercílio Luz Bridge

The only sample of the hanging style bridge in Brazil, Hercílio Luz Bridge was recently chosen as the Santa Catarina State symbol.

Inaugurated in 1926, it has become the most popular Florianópolis postcard!

Public Market
Since 1899 this market has been an important historical and cultural landmark, long frequented by artists, bohemians, and intellectuals. Become acquainted with its popular stores, bars, and restaurants, and with its merchants and fishmongers. The building is now a historical landmark, last restored in 1996.
XV Praça
This park, located in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral, has become one of the city's best-known landmarks. It boasts a fig tree so huge and so old (200 years) that its branches need to be supported with steel bars. Under this treeyou'll find music playing, people talking and playing games, and couples relaxing.
Customs House
The customs house, built in 1876, is one of the most important neoclassic constructions in the south of Brazil. Nowadays, the Santa Catarina Art Professionals' Association often holds exhibitions there. In this building, handicrafts can be purchased.
 
Cruz e Souza Palace
Named in honor of Santa Catarina's most famous poet, the Cruz e Souza Palace also houses Santa Catarina's Historical and Art Heritage Institute.
Beiramar Norte Avenue
This cosmopolitan avenue represents the city's modern face. It has a bicycle lane, a boat pier, a jogging trail, exercise areas, and many benches along the water to relax and take in the view, day or night.
Other Buildings
Florianópolis has hundreds of public heritage buildings. These include forts, churches, and ancient houses, many of which are located downtown. Some of them have become commercial establishments, and are open to the public.
To appreciate houses and other buildings with Portuguese façades, visit quiet neighborhoods such as Ribeirão da Ilha, Santo Antônio de Lisboa, Saco dos Limões, Costeira do Pirajubaé, Prainha, and Lagoa da Conceição.
 
 



Santa Cruz de Anhatomirim Fort
Built between 1739 and 1744, Santa Cruz de Anhatomirim Fort is the largest fort in the city. During the Federalist revolution in 1884, it was used as a prison and, during Floriano Peixoto's government, as a place for political executions. It is possible to visit the fort from the Anhatomirim Canasvieiras piers.

São José da Ponta Grossa Fort

Dating from 1740, and located between Jurerê and Pontal Beaches, São José da Ponta Grossa Fort is the most visited fort. It offers an excellent view of the Baía Norte (North Bay) and the Continent.

Santana Fort

The Santana fort was built in 1761, under the Hercílio Luz Bridge.

Santo Antônio de Ratones Fort
The Santo Antônio fort, built at Ratones Grande Island in 1745, looks like a medieval castle. You can get there by schooner.
 




Traditional events attract inhabitants and visitors alike —
Come and enjoy the cultural and gastronomic attractions.

Festa do Divino
Traditional and secular, the Festa do Divino occurs at several places on the Island, during the months of May, June, July, October, and November. A large parade brings out almost all of the city's folkloric elements.

Nosso Senhor dos Passos Ceremony
One of the most traditional events in Florianópolis happens 15 days before Easter. On Saturday the Transladação Ceremony occurs, when the images of Nosso Senhor dos Passos and Nossa Senhora das Dores are covered and taken in a procession to the Metropolitan Cathedral. The images stay together until the end of the procession in order to represent Christ's Passion.

Fenaostra
In October 1999, the annual Fenaostra Event began. At this event you can taste a variety of oyster-based dishes. The oysters are grown in large scale by fishermen in Florianópolis. Twenty per cent of all the oysters sold in Brazil are harvested in Florianópolis.

ViaFloripa will help you plan your trip to Florianopolis and become better acquainted with the local culture. Once you arrive, our staff is available 24/7 to help you avoid inconvenience or unnecessary stress.

Source: www.florianopolisconvention.com.br (adapted)


Floripa is alive with restaurants, bars, clubs, lounges, and other places to meet people, relax, dance, and have fun.




One reason so many people are attracted to Florianópolis, is that it holds one of the liveliest carnivals in Brazil! When some people hear Carnaval, they think of a big crazy street party, but Floripa’s Carnaval is a well-organized, competition of themes, stunningly beautiful costumes and floats, samba music, and dance. Each elaborate float takes a team an entire year to prepare. A rigorous qualifying and selection process then spans several days. One by one, groups of hopefuls parade their hard work for the judges and the country to see. Each day these teams demonstrate their creativity and unity, until the last day, when one, and only one float, is chosen as the winner.

This year, Carnaval is from February 13–16th, 2010.  It is the busiest time of the year. Visitors from around the world come to Floripa to partake of the fun, and the island is filled with people ready for a party. You’ll find dancing, shows, and special events scattered across the Island and lasting to all hours of the night — on the beaches and in the streets, bars, and clubs.

Carnaval Dates Until 2014:
2006 - February 25, 26, 27, 28
2007 - February 17, 18, 19, 20
2008 - February 2, 3, 4, 5
2009 - February 21, 22, 23, 24
2010 - February 13, 14, 15, 16
2011 - March 5, 6, 7, 8
2012 - February 18, 19, 20, 21
2013 - February 9, 10, 11, 12
2014 - March 1, 2, 3, 4