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Florianopolis is the capital of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. Half of the city is on the mainland of Brazil while the other half is on the Santa Catarina Island. It has some of Brazil's most beautiful beaches.
Hercílio Luz International Airport (FLN). 12 km from the city center. Connected to the city by local bus lines or taxi.
The Brazilian airline "TAM" provides international and domestic services to Florianopolis. Flights are available from JFK International(NY), Miami, Madrid, London, Frankfurt, Milan and main cities in South America. Most of the flights require a connection in Sao Paulo.
Terminal Rita Maria, the name of the Central Bus Station, is located at 1104 Paulo Fontes Ave., in the city center . It links Florianopolis City to the main Brazilian cities and to most of the cities in Santa Catarina state. The main bus companies operating in Florianopolis are Catarinense, Reunidas, Santo Anjo and Eucatur.
From the city center, dozens of buses go to all the beaches on the island. The bus system has drawbacks since transfers are necessary at regional terminals, and some trips can take up to several hours if there are long layovers. The cost is 3.10R each way, transfers are free at the stations, and it takes about 35-60 minutes on average to get from the city to the beaches.
What to see
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.
Anhatomirim Island and its Fortaleza de Santa Cruz
Santo Antônio de Lisboa. Quite nice little town, located on the calm west coast of the island. Multiple restaurants are located directly at the waterfront. Also it is nice walk along the water heading toards Sambaqui.
Paragliding at Barra da Lagoa, Lagoa da Conceição
Scuba-Diving at Praia Mole, Praia do Santinho, Praia dos Ingleses
Sandboarding at Joaquina
Surfing at Barra da Lagoa, Praia da Joaquina,Praia Mole, and Matadeiro
Windsurfing at Lagoa da Conceição
Trekking 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 da Conceição. It attracts the jet set crowd from all over the world.
Shopping Beiramar, Rua Bocaiúva (Centro, parallel with Av. Rubens de Arruda Ramos, better known as Av. Beiramar Norte). Around 200 shops.
Shopping Itaguaçu, Rua Geroncio Thives, 1079 - Barreiros. The oldest shopping mall in the state, opened in 1982. In neighboring São José, within ten minutes of the city center. It currently has 180 shops and 7 movie screens.
Floripa Shopping, SC 401. New shopping center with 160 shops and 8 movie screens.
Iguatemi Florianópolis, Av. Beiramar, at the corner with Av. Madre Benvenuta - Bairro Santa Mônica. 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.
Seafood - This coastal city is known widely for its fresh seafood.
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 $6. It's good for the budget traveler and to get a sense of where many locals get a quick bite.