Floripa, as it is affectionately called by locals, is in the southern region of Brazil and enchants people from all over the world with the beauty of its beaches and the bustling nightlife. With more than 400,000 inhabitants, the city occupies second place in the ranking of the best capitals to live in Brazil, according to a survey made by the consulting firm Macroplan. The quieter lifestyle of the area is close to nature, and the area attracts about one million tourists every year.
With 42 beaches, two lagoons, dunes and a rich historical-cultural heritage, Floripa was considered the “Best Beach Destination in Brazil”, by the 16th Best Travel and Tourism Award, organized by Editora Abril. Due to its location, the city is the main beach destination for Argentines, Uruguayans and Paraguayans, who give a special charm to a place where Portuguese and Spanish cultures mix. It is no wonder that signage, menus, and billboards are written in both languages. In addition, most establishments have bilingual staff.
The mild climate and the receptive way of the Manezinhos, as the locals are affectionately called, attracts people from all over the world. It is easily possible to find Europeans or Latinos who chose Florianópolis to live in. According to the Demographic Census of IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), in 2010, more than 3 thousand immigrants of 52 birth nationalities live in the capital of Santa Catarina. Besides foreigners, the capital also attracts people from other Brazilian states, such as Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and São Paulo, mainly.
Florianópolis is a reference when it comes to extreme sports. In Lagoa da Conceição, a neighborhood in the eastern part of the city, you can practice most water sports – from the more democratic, like the Stand Up Paddle, to the more daring like the Fly Board. In addition, there are several beaches for surfing, from beginner to professional level. Other locations in Floripa also stand out for extreme sports, such as Santinho Beach and Campeche Beach.
When it comes to nightlife in Floripa, there are plenty of options. From Jurerê Internacional to the center, passing through Lagoa da Conceição, from samba to electronic music, you will have fun until dawn. The district that hosts the most famous celebrations of the city is Jurerê Internacional. It is well known for its beach clubs, especially the P12, a party that stands on the edge of the beach and unites in the same environment a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. During the summer, the beach club is filled with beautiful people, and both of the club’s stages receive national and international shows, in addition to hosting the biggest DJs in the world.
How to get
Florianópolis is located in the state of Santa Catarina, in the southern region of Brazil.
700 km from Sao Paulo;
315 km from Curitiba;
1,700km from Buenos Aires – Argentina.
Hercílio Luz International Airport is in the southern region of Florianópolis, 15 km from the city center. In the landing area, there are taxi and bus services (conventional line), as well as several car rental companies. Several airlines offer daily flights to Curitiba, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre. In the high season, there are also nonstop flights to Buenos Aires.
The Rita Maria Bus Terminal is the arrival and departure point of the travel buses in Florianópolis. The bus station is in the central region of the city and receives more than 15 thousand passengers daily. There are more than 450 buses a day from 25 national and international companies, according to the Department of Transportation and Terminals of Santa Catarina.
Florianópolis is a privileged city where visitors can enjoy close contact with nature without losing the facilities of large urban centers.