Is Florianopolis Worth Visiting?

Is Florianopolis Worth Visiting? 12 Great Reasons To Visit

Is Florianopolis worth visiting? From pristine beaches to adrenaline-pumping activities, this island city has a lot to offer. Here are 12 compelling reasons why visiting Florianopolis is an unforgettable adventure worth doing.

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Is Florianopolis Worth Visiting?

Florianopolis is one of my favourite places in Brazil and I think its well worth a visit, even more so than places like Sao Paulo.

 

It’s a huge island with over 40 beaches, where you can find built up city areas, quaint fishing villages or secluded beaches.

 

This island has something for everyone from surf and beach bums, to adventure travellers and nature lovers, and it’s well worth adding to your itinerary when you visit Brazil.

Is Florianopolis Worth Visiting?

12 Great Reasons To Visit Florianopolis

1. Lagoinha do Leste Trek: A Secluded Paradise Awaits

One of the best things to do on Florianopolis is the Lagoinha do Leste trek, a moderate 1-hour hike leading to one of Florianopolis’s secret beaches.

 

The trek takes you through lush forest landscapes and clifftop views, and as you reach the pristine shores of Lagoinha do Leste, you’ll be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and a secluded beach all to yourself.

 

Far from the crowds, this hidden gem invites you to unwind on untouched sands surrounded by nature’s beauty.

How To Visit Lagoinha Do Leste

This beach can be found in the south of the island. Depending on your location, use public transport or a rental car to reach the trailhead.

 

Lagoinha do Leste is accessible by two main trails: Matadeiro and Pântano do Sul. Choose the one that suits your fitness level and preferences.

 

If you prefer a shorter hike, take the Pântano do Sul trail. This route is known for its simplicity and offers a quicker way to reach the beach.

2. Historical Centre: A Stroll Through Time

Take a step back in time by visiting Florianopolis’s Historical Centre.

 

On a walking tour you’ll learn about the history of this island, from its colonial origins to its revolutionary revolt at the beginning of the Brazilian Republic.

 

You’ll see some of the top sights including the Metropolitan Cathedral, a majestic symbol of the city’s history, stands tall amidst charming cobblestone streets, and the Hercilio Luz Bridge, the largest suspension bridge in the world.

 

Strawberry Walking Tours offer free tours of the historical center and paid tours to other parts of Florianopolis.

 

Or try this bike tour if you want a more active day out that includes food and a sunset stop. 

Florianopolis (Lagoinha Do Leste Beach)

3. Campeche Island: Sail into Archaeological Marvels

For those seeking adventure, a day trip to Campeche Island is a must.

 

The Volta Norte Trail awaits, offering not just breathtaking views but a journey through archaeological sites with rock inscriptions that are between 5000 and 3500 years old.

How to Visit Campeche Island in Florianopolis

Begin your journey by heading to the nearest dock in Florianopolis.

 

Most commonly, boats to Campeche depart from the mainland near Armação Beach, Barra da Lagoa or Praia do Campeche. Boats are available at the docks and can be booked on the day. 

 

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4. Explore the Island in Style: Mopeds, Motorbikes or Convertibles

With the island being 33 miles long, one of the best ways to explore is by renting your own transport.

 

For a taste of freedom and exploration that you can’t get on guided tours, rent either a moped, motorbike or a convertible.

 

My personal favourite is a motorbike but I understand not everyone will have a license so go with a scooter instead.

 

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Or if there’s a few of you travelling together, travel in style with a rented convertible! With the wind in your hair, venture through coastal roads, discovering hidden corners of the island at your pace.

 

Renting your own transport makes trips to places like Lagoinha Do Leste so much easier.

5. Learn To Surf At Praia Mole: Ride the Waves

Florianopolis is a surfers paradise and many of its beaches are regarded as some of the best surf spots in the world.

 

Praia Mole, renowned for its consistent waves, is perfect for surf enthusiasts. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, this beach offers the ideal conditions for learning or perfecting your skills.

 

Other popular spots include Praia Brava, Praia Joaquina and Paraia Campeche.

 

Here are some of the top surf schools in Florianopolis:

 

Brazil’s beaches are one of the many reasons why you need to visit this incredible country. To see the full list, head to the post below:

 

 

Florianopolis

6. Quaint Fishing Villages: Santo Antonio de Lisboa's Coastal Charm

Discover the authentic charm of Florianopolis by visiting quaint fishing villages like Santo Antonio de Lisboa.

 

Wander through narrow cobblestone streets adorned with colourful houses and indulge in fresh seafood at local eateries. These villages provide a glimpse into the island’s maritime heritage, where you can sit back and enjoy the simplicity of coastal life.

 

One of the best restaurants is Doca Sabores do Mar.

 

I would recommend trying Sopa Leão Veloso, a seafood soup that includes shrimp, crab meat, and fresh fish fillets cooked in a hearty broth crafted from tomatoes and coconut milk.

 

 

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7. Lagoa da Conceição

Lagoa da Conceição is a one of the best spots to stay on the island for many reasons.

 

Located in the centre of the island, with beaches, dunes, and the biggest lagoon on the island. 

 

Walk along Avenida das Rendeiras and stop off at one of the lake front restaurants for food or a drink.

 

Here you can find some of the best hostels on the island along with some great coffee shops. My two favourites include ‘The Coffee’ and ‘Café Cultura’.

 

The lake is also a haven for adrenaline junkies. Whether it’s kayaking, paddleboarding, or going for a swim, the lagoon offers a variety of activities.

 

You can trek up to Mirante do Morro da Lagoa for the best views of the lake. Or check out this sandboarding tour among the dunes!

Florianopolis (lagoa da conceição)

8. Carnival: A Week-Long Celebration Under the Sun

Everyone has heard of carnival – the insane week long party that’s held every February in Brazil.

 

I always recommend Rio as the place to be to experience your first carnival, however, if this is your second time or simply prefer to be away from a big city Florianopolis is a close second.

 

Florianopolis comes alive during Carnival, transforming into a vibrant celebration of music, dance, and Brazilian culture.

 

Join the week-long outdoor party, where lively parades, colourful costumes, and infectious energy fill the streets.

 

The best part is, if you want a break from the heat and the constant partying, it’s not hard to escape to a secluded beach and reset.

 

Check out the website below for more information on Carnival on Florianopolis:

 

9. Sunset Caprinhas

As the day winds down on Florianopolis, head to a rooftop or waterfront bar for sunset Caprinhas.

 

Caipirinha is a classic Brazilian cocktail known for its refreshing and zesty flavours. It contains Cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice, lime, sugar and lots of ice.

 

Most of the rooftop bars can be found in Centro. Check out Noma Rooftop or Cite Rooftop for great views.

 

Or for a waterfront bar, Lagoa De Conceicao’s vibrant atmosphere sets the stage for a memorable sunset.

 

Try Toca da Lontra for a seat right on the water.

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Caipirinha (Brazil)

10. Live Lavishly In Jurere: P12 Beach Club Extravaganza

For those seeking luxury and glamour, Jurere is the epitome of indulgence.

 

Jurere is a prestigious and upscale neighbourhood located on the northern coast of Florianopolis that boasts two main beaches – Jurere Internacional and Jurere Tradicional.

 

Jurere Internacional is renowned for its upscale beach clubs, high-end resorts, and a vibrant party scene. In contrast, Jurere Tradicional offers a more laid-back atmosphere, making it a favourite among families and those seeking tranquillity.

 

Live lavishly for a day at P12 Beach Club, where you can relax by the pool, sip on exotic cocktails, and bask in the upscale ambiance. It’s the perfect way to pamper yourself after days of exploration and adventure.

 

The nightlife in Jurere is synonymous with sophistication. Chic bars, stylish lounges, and beachfront clubs provide the perfect setting for those looking to unwind in an exclusive environment.

11. Paraglide at Lagoa De Conceicao: Soar Above the Scenery

For an adrenaline rush like no other, take the plunge and experience paragliding at Lagoa De Conceicao.

 

Soar high above the island, capturing panoramic views of Florianopolis’s breathtaking landscapes from a different perspective.

 

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12. The Search House Beachfront Hostel - Barra da Lagoa

Barra da Lagoa is a small fishing village one the east coast of Florianópolis.

 

The town has several hostels but there’s none better than the Search House, set on the white sand beach of Barra Da Lagoa with its own private beach area stretching 9km!

 

The hostel itself is surrounded by lush green gardens. It has a poolside patio, yoga area, skate ramp, meditation space, hammocks, and you can walk straight onto the white sand of Barra Da Lagoa Beach.

 

If you didn’t think this hostel could get any better, they also have a fully equipped outdoor bar with a great sound system, and they will host everything from pool parties to live concerts on a regular basis.

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Florianopolis (Mole Beach)

How Many Days Do You Need In Florianopolis?

You need a week minimum on Florianopolis to see everything this island has to offer. This gives you a day in the historical centre, a few days at the beach and couple of days visiting the popular nature spots such as Lagohinha Do Este and Campeche Island.

 

In truth, I would recommend two weeks however I understand most travellers won’t be able to do this. The island is so big and there are so many different towns and beaches to explore that two weeks allows you to really immerse yourself in Florianopolis.

 

I spent a whole month there and fell in love with it.

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When Is The Best Time To Visit Florianopolis?

Brazil is a big country with multitude of microclimates. However, most people will be visiting the coast, going south from Rio to Iguazu.

 

The best time to visit Florianopolis will be from December to March. This is high season and you’ll have the best weather – hot but with some rain.

 

However, the shoulder seasons of November and April can also be a great time to visit Florianopolis. The weather will be warm but there will be less tourists.

Downloadable PDF timetable demonstrating the best time to visit south America

To download this chart in a handy infographic, head to the link below:

 

 

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How To Get To Florianopolis

There’s two ways to get to Florianopolis: bus or flight.

 

  • Bus – Depending on where your coming from, you may want to get the bus. An overnight bus from Rio takes 21 hours and costs between $50-100. I always use Bus Bud to book my buses in South America.

 

  • Flights – Return flights from Rio take 3 hours and can cost between $100-300. I recommend Way Away to find the cheapest flights and get cashback on each flight booked!

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