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'''Adventure Tour Operator'''* [http://www.planitbrazil.com Brazil Adventure Tours] is specialized in adventure sports travel related to eco-tourism in the southern area, like Florianopolis Magic Island and the famous Brazilian Green Canyons in Rio Grande do Sul. Plan>It Interactive Brazil Adventure Tours provide activities such as rockclimb, river rafting, paragliding, hanggliding, casacading, canyoneering and more
 
'''Adventure Tour Operator'''* [http://www.planitbrazil.com Brazil Adventure Tours] is specialized in adventure sports travel related to eco-tourism in the southern area, like Florianopolis Magic Island and the famous Brazilian Green Canyons in Rio Grande do Sul. Plan>It Interactive Brazil Adventure Tours provide activities such as rockclimb, river rafting, paragliding, hanggliding, casacading, canyoneering and more
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[http://www.aventuradobrasil.com Aventura Do Brasil], a travel agency specialized in adventure travels, is based in the heart of Lagoa da Conceição/Florianópolis. They offer day trips and activities auch as rafting, sandboarding, paragliding and party boat trips. On [http://www.floripa-trips.com floripa-trips.com] you find a complete list of the different activities.
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Their nightlife guides present the different clubs and bars to you, so that you don't miss any of the awesome parties on the island. Just recently The New York Times voted Florianópolis the party destination of the year 2009.
  
 
===Beaches===
 
===Beaches===

Revision as of 19:23, 3 February 2009

Florianopolis (Portuguese: Florianópolis) is the capital of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. Half of the city is located on the mainland of Brazil while the other half is on the Santa Catarina Island. It has some of Brazil's most beautiful beaches.

Armação Beach

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Understand

It is formed by an ocean island of 43650 km² (54 km by 18 km) and a small peninsula on the mainland, with 1210 km². It is situated in southern Brazil between the parallels 27 20' and 27 51' latitude south and between the meridians 48 20' and 48 35' longitude west. Three bridges link the island to the continent but at the present Hercílio Luz Bridge, a landmark of the city, is closed for repairs. It is possible it will open in the future for pedestrians and cyclists.

Recently Florianopolis has become one of the most popular destinations in Brazil for people who are looking for superb beaches, beautiful scenery, interesting culture and friendly people. It has also experienced a real estate boom, with Brazilians, especially from the states of São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul states, looking for a better quality of life away from the chaos of the big cities. The City proper currently has an a estimated population of 420,000 people. The Greater Florianopolis Metro area is home to about 1 million people.

The northern beach resorts Jurerê, Daniela, Canasvieiras, Brava and Ingleses get very busy during the summer and there are plenty of hotels, restaurants and other conveniences for the tourist. Eastern beaches, like Joaquina, Mole and Moçambique are among the best surfing beaches and popular with young people. Beaches heading south include Campeche, Armação and Morro das Pedras, which are all very beautiful and also good for surfing. Isolated and unspoilt beaches, like Lagoinha do Leste and Naufragados can be found at the southern end of the island and can only be reached only by trail. The Lagoa da Conceição lagoon is a famous natural attraction, and the centrepiece of the island - sports, cuisine and entertainment are first class! Peri lagoon is quieter and great for nature walks. The Lagoa da Conceição lagoon is relatively shallow, with high winds making it a world-class location for windsurfing.

The city of Florianopolis is quite modern, with large shopping malls, chain and high-end restaurants and many glamorous bars & nightclubs. The highway system serving the city is very good.

Get in

By air

  • Florianopolis International Airport - Av. Diomício Freitas, 3393. (48) 3331-4000 (fax:(48) 3331-4111). 12 km from the city center.
  • The Brazilian budget airline equivalent of JetBlue is "Gol", [1], and can provide budget fares from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
  • The Brazilian airline "TAM" , www.tamairlines.com, provides service to FLN. Flights are available from TAM Airlines from JFK International in NYC to FLN connecting through Sao Paulo.
  • Summer months (December thru March) several daily charter flights arrive from Argentina & Chile.

By bus

  • Rodoviaria, Av. Paulo Fontes, 1101 (48) 3212-3100. On the city center

Get around

From the city center, dozens of buses go to all the beaches on the island. But the bus system has drawbacks since you now need to transfer at regional terminals to get around. The cost can be high as well and taking the bus can be very time consuming. There is an executive yellow bus that goes direct to downtown from the main beaches. Most people in Floripa need a car to explore all the beaches and interesting spots. There are car rentals on the island but renting can be expensive as well (as in all of Brazil), however it is well worthwhile as it makes exploring this beautiful island more efficient and pleasurable.

See

Lagoa da Conceição
  • Catedral Metropolitana - One of the most beautiful buildings in the city, located at Praça XV de Novembro.
  • Municipal Market - Formerly used as the city market place, this market on Largo da Alfândega still holds some interesting sights.
  • Hercílio Luz Bridge - The postcard symbol of the city, inaugurated in 1926 linking the island to the mainland.
  • Lagoa da Conceição - A large beautiful lake in the center of the island.
  • Ribeirão da Ilha - 36 kilometers from the center, this old district of Florianopolis is a testament to Azorean immigration. Its historic center, in Frequesia, has a plaza which contains the Igreja Nossa Senhora da Lapa do Ribeirão (church), and the Ethnological Museam which houses documents and relics from the region's history.
  • Sambaqui
  • Ratones Island
  • Anhatomirim Island and its Fortaleza de Santa Cruz
  • Teatro Álvaro de Carvalho, rua Marechal Guilherme, nº 26. (near the Catedral Metropolitana), tel. 3028-8070 ou 3028-8071. In the center of the city, the Municipal Theater is an example of 1870's local architecture.
  • Teatro Ademir Rosa (Teatro do CIC), Av. Irineu Bornhausen, 5600, tel. 3953-2300.
  • Velha Figueira - This 100+ year-old tree in Praça XV de Novembro is honored in the official municipal hymn of Florianopolis.
  • Forts - Constructed as early as 1739, the forts served to protect the city from possible Spanish attacks.
    • Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora da Conceição (1742)
    • Fortaleza de Santo Antônio (1740)
    • Fortaleza Santana (1761)
    • Fortaleza São José da Ponta Grossa (1740)

Adventure Tours

Adventure Tour Operator* Brazil Adventure Tours is specialized in adventure sports travel related to eco-tourism in the southern area, like Florianopolis Magic Island and the famous Brazilian Green Canyons in Rio Grande do Sul. Plan>It Interactive Brazil Adventure Tours provide activities such as rockclimb, river rafting, paragliding, hanggliding, casacading, canyoneering and more

Aventura Do Brasil, a travel agency specialized in adventure travels, is based in the heart of Lagoa da Conceição/Florianópolis. They offer day trips and activities auch as rafting, sandboarding, paragliding and party boat trips. On floripa-trips.com you find a complete list of the different activities. Their nightlife guides present the different clubs and bars to you, so that you don't miss any of the awesome parties on the island. Just recently The New York Times voted Florianópolis the party destination of the year 2009.

Beaches

There are a total of 42 beaches in Florianopolis. The best known are:

  • North
    • Canasvieiras
    • Praia Brava
    • Jurerê (and Jurerê Internacional)
    • Praia dos Ingleses
  • East
    • Praia Mole
    • Barra da Lagoa
    • Praia da Joaquina
  • South
    • Campeche
    • Armação
    • Matadeiro
    • Pântano do Sul

Do

  • Surf at Barra da Lagoa, Joaquina, and Praia Mole
  • Windsurf at Lagoa da Conceição
  • Trecking at Lagoa do Peri, Naufragados, Lagoinha do Leste, Costa da Lagoa

One of the best bars and nightclubs in Brazil is Confraria das Artes in Lagoa De Conceicao. It attracts the jet set crowd from all over the world.

Buy

  • Shopping Beiramar, Rua Bocaiúva (Centro, parallel with Av. Rubens de Arruda Ramos, better known as Av. Beiramar Norte), tel. 48 3223-6425, [2]. Around 200 shops and a 3-screen movie theater.
  • Shopping Itaguaçu, Rua Geroncio Thives, 1079 - Barreiros, tel. 0800 480055, [3]. The oldest shopping mall in the state, opened in 1982. In neighboring São José, within ten minutes of the city center. It currently has 160 shops and 3 movie screens.
  • Floripa Shopping, SC 401, tel. 48 3331-1000, [4]. New shopping center with 160 shops and 8 movie screens.
  • Iguatemi Florianópolis, Av. Beiramar, at the corner with Av. Madre Benvenuta, tel. 48 3231 4900 - Bairro Santa Mônica, [5]. 200 shops and 7 movie screens. In fact, this cinema has one of the largest screens in Brazil. All are modern and stadium seating style.

Eat

  • Seafood - Lots of. The shrimp is fabulous.
  • Portuguese Food - The city had been colonized by the "cultura açoriana". Their food is delicious.
  • Italian Food - Macarronada Italiana is the main spot. Great. But there are many other good choices as well.
  • Downtown- There are great "per kilo" buffets with amazing food, salads, and fruit. You can get a full meal with a fresh juice for under R$6. It's good for the budget traveler and to get a sense of where many locals get a quick bite.

Budget

  • Bar do Arante, Praia do Pântano, in the south of the island. Interesting restaurant where the custom is for customers to hang slips of paper on the wall to mark their passage. The custom comes from pre-electricity days when people would use the slips to let friends know what part of the beach to find them in. Specializing in seafood at moderate prices. Try the Tainha Grelhada.
  • Capitão Gourmet, Rua Lauro Linhares, 600 - Trindade, tel. 48 3025-3727.
  • Engenho do Vô, Ribeirão da Ilha. Quality homestyle local cuisine.
  • Pastel do Keko, Rua Vidal Ramos.
  • Restaurante do Quinha II, Rua Tertuliano Brito Xavier, 2774 - Jurerê. tel. 48 3266-1839, [6].
  • Sushimasa, Av. Beira mar Norte, 1990 - Centro, tel. 48 3224-5124. Japanese.
  • Mein Haus Churrascaria, Rua Papa Joao XXII, 25 - Campinas - São José, tel. 48 3241-4739. It is further accros the bridge but worth it for a nice cheap a la carte barbecue (Filé Mignon is always nice) with free garlic bread and salad[7].
  • Zé do Cacupé, Praia do Cacupé, near Centro. Typical fisherman restaurant, with good food.

Mid-range

  • El Grand Comilon, Av. dos Salmões, Jurerê Internacional, tel.48 3282-2035/5233. emailto:grancomilon@bol.com.br. Spanish cuisine such as paella, caldeirada, salmon, cod, and panilada de linguado.
  • Casa de Coimbra, Av. Beira Mar Norte.
  • Miyoshi, Av. Beira mar Norte, 1068 - Centro, tel. 48 3232-5959. Japanese, Chinese, and Thai dishes.
  • Pegorini Grill, Beiramar Shopping - Centro, tel. 48 3324-0755.
  • Bistrô Isadora Duncan, Rodovia Jornalista Manuel de Menezes, 2658 - Barra da Lagoa, tel. 48 32327210 - 99804428, [8]. Named after a famous ballerina, this bistro is a great romantic spot for two.

Splurge

  • Pier 54, Av. Beira mar Norte, (under the Hercílio Luz bridge) - Centro, tel. 48 3225-3138 / 48 3225-2419. Local cuisine from 7 pm.
  • Toca da Garoupa, Rua Alves Brito, 178 - Centro, tel. 48 3223-1220. Local cuisine.

Drink

Most of the nightlife is concentrated around the beaches in the summer. During the winter, the night life is concentrated in Lagoa da Conceição, where most of the bars and clubs are located.

  • Cachaça Intisica, from Ribeirão da Ilha.
  • Cachaçaria da Ilha, Avenida Osmar Cunha, 164 - Centro, tel. 48 3224 0051, [9]. Customary meeting spot for tourists and local surfers. A pleasant spot for a drink with friends.
  • Concorde Danceteria, Av. Rio Branco, 729 - Centro, [10]. Nightclub with two floors, 3 bars, a rotating dancefloor, and a room with free internet access. Caters to the gay community.
  • Confraria das Artes, Lagoa da Conceição, [11]. Florianopolis' apex of music, art, and fashion.O melhor da música, arte, moda, gastronomia e diversão.
  • El Divino, [12] - Local chain of bars and nightclubs.
    • El Divino Lounge, Rua Almirante Lamego, 1147 - Centro, tel. 48 3225-1266.
    • El Divino Club, SC 402 - Rod. Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho, Km 1 - Jurerê Internacional, tel. 48 3282-2054.
    • El Divino Beach, Avenida dos Pampos Lote 1E S/N, tel. 48 3282-1816. Open year-round on the boardwalk of Jurerê Internacional.
    • La Luna Night Club, Rua Major José Augusto Faria, 20. tel. 48 3333-2020, [13]. Nightclub in the historic center of the city in a 3-story building. Excellent decor and good music make this one of the city's most attractive nighttime options for gays and lesbians.
  • Empório do Chopp, Rod. Admar Gonzaga, 3320 - Itacorubi, tel. 48 3232-8888. Heading towards Lagoa da Conceição from downtown, this drafthouse sits at the foot of the hill on the right. Four types of Eisenbahn draft.
  • Floribar Café Lounge, Rua Durval Melchíades de Souza, 638, tel. 48 3322-2550, [14]. Primarily gay and lesbian bar, good service.
  • Ilha do Cascaes, in front of the Costão do Santinho Resort - Santinho, tel. 48 3261-1555 e 48 3224-1392, [15].
  • John Bull Pub, Av. das Rendeiras, 1046 - Lagoa da Conceição. tel. 48 3232-8535, [16].
  • Latitude 27, Morro da Praia Mole - Praia Mole, [17]. Live band venue frequented by university students.
  • Mecenas, Rua Lauro Linhares, 770 - Trindade, tel. 48 3334-2277, [18].
  • Mix Café, Rua Menino Deus, 47. tel. 48 3324-0102, [19]. 2-story night club with a bar downstairs and a dance floor, stage, dark-room, and bar upstair. On Fridays they hold a drag queen event.
  • Scuna Bar, Avenida Beira Mar Norte, under Hercílio Luz bridge, tel. 48 3225-3138. Night club with 2 levels, 3 bars, dance floor, live music, and dedicated parking. Popular with the over-35 crowd.
  • Sins Pub, Rua Tiradentes, 143. A nice gay/lesbian bar downtown, free entrance.

Sleep

Budget

  • Albergue da Juventude, Rua Duarte Schutel 227, (0xx48-225-3781). Pleasant Hostelling International hostel 10 minute walk from the bus terminal.
  • Backpackers, Barra da Lagoa (cross the footbridge). Popular backpackers spot. Serves excellent breakfast and has budget meals. Guest can use the surfboards. Dorm beds R$30.
  • Hotel Bruggemann, R. Santos Saraiva, 416 - Estreito, tel. 48 3224-2344.
  • Veleiros Hotel, R. Silva Jardim, 234 - Centro, tel. 48 3224-6622.
  • Pousada Colinas da Lagoa, [20] It is situated in the privileged area of Lagoa da Conceição, with a view of its Hill and close to the best beaches of Florianópolis. Tel. 48 3232-4757.

Mid-range

  • Ibis Hotel, Av. Rio Branco, 37 - Centro, tel. 48 3216-0000 / fax 48 3216-0001, [21]. On a main street downtown.
  • Parthenon Lindacap, R. Felipe Schmidt, 1.102 - Centro, tel. 48 3225-4500 / fax 48 3225-3645, [22]. Downtown, with easy access to shopping and restaurants. Rates from R$110.
  • Joaquina Beach Hotel [23] offers no-frills rooms with AC, TV and Telephons with a nice cafe for breakfast, lunch or coffee on the ground floor. Includes parking, and is 100m from the beach, which as close to "on the beach" as you can get at this beach. Perfect for surfers, and Mole Beach is a 5 min drive away.
  • Maratea Mare Hotel [24] 48 3284-5495 sea front hotel. Located in a marvellous area, on the sea front, on the Cachoeira do Bom Jesus beach, Maratea Mare Hotel offers its visitors an unforgettable view. All the apartments are composed by a dormitory, a bathroom, a living room, a complete kitchen, air conditioning, telephone, TV and safe. Brasilian "colonial" breakfastand beach service included. Free internet Wi fi Service for guests in lobby area. Rates from R$99,00 in low season.
  • Pousada da Lagoinha [25] 48 3232-4757 It is a very cozy guesthouse, located in front of the Lagoinha beach in northern Florianopolis, with a local colonial design, for those who like a calm and peaceful place, surrouded by the Atlantic Rain Forest vegetation.

Splurge

  • Costão do Santinho, tel. 0800-48-1000. 48 3261 1000, [26]. Fancy resort and spa.
  • Nexus Surf, Tel. +1 (310) 256-4339 (from outside of Brazil) / (48) 9626-9029 (from within Brazil), [27] located directly in front of Praia Mole beach, just minutes outside of the charming Lagoa downtown area. Offers unique vacation packages that include accommodations (wireless internet, international phoneline and air conditioning standard), rental car, surf lessons, adventure sports activities, guided nightlife access, local cell phone, and breakfast service.
  • Majestic Palace, Av. Beira mar Norte, 2.746 - Centro, tel. 48 3231-8000 / 48 3224-6746, [28]. Located on the main street of the city next to Shopping Beiramar, the Majestic Palace is one of the newest hotels in town and offers various services such as air-con with remote control, a coffee shop, fitness center, piano bar, restaurant, spa, breakfast service, concierge, heliport, swimming pool, 24h room service, business center, convention center, minibar, and broadband internet.
  • Sofitel Florianópolis, Av. Rubens de Arruda Ramos, 2034 - Centro, tel. 48 3202-6100, fax 48 3202-6101, [29]. Planned as a boutique hotel, there are 120 rooms, 2 suites, and one presidential suite. Pool, sauna, convention accommodations.
  • Florianópolis Palace Hotel, R. Artista Bittencout, 14 - Centro, tel. 48 3224-9633 / fax 48 3223-0300, [30]. In a good location near Praça XV and the Cathedral, this hotel has 21 presidential suites, 8 luxury suites, and 89 luxury apartments.

Get out


Routes through Florianopolis
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