Are you looking for the best things to do in Florianopolis?
Florianopolis is a small island in the state of Santa Catarina, and the island quickly became one of my top 10 things to do in Brazil.
It’s no secret that Florianopolis is one of the famous places in Brazil and is known for its nightlife and 42 beaches.
Things to do in Florianopolis
Below, I will present to you my list of things to do in Florianopolis.
If you’re visiting Florianopolis, it will be more than likely for its beaches.
No matter what your purpose is, or how long you have on the island, I recommend you try at least one of the following things to do.
Arriving in Florianopolis
I looked at how to get to Florianopolis and ended up arriving by bus from Puerto Iguazú. The island has its own airport.
Meaning, there are various ways to arrive here, depending on where you’re traveling from.
Florianopolis has more to offer than white sands, coconuts and Caipirinhas. Let’s look at these amazing things to do in Florianopolis.
One of my favorite things to do in Florianopolis or any other place when backpacking South America is to find the local market.
After checking in to my accommodation, it’s usually the first thing I do. I find markets tell interesting stories about places.
In Florianopolis, you’ll find a small outdoor market that consists of many tents that sell a wide range of fruits and vegetables.
Like many of Brazil’s tourist attractions, here you’ll find other interesting items such as souvenirs and artisanal goods.
A solid tourist attraction for Florianopolis and one of my favorite landmarks is the Hercilio Luz Bridge, which is the largest suspension bridge in Brazil.
If you do the historic city tour this landmark is included. It’s all about finding the best vantage point in the city.
The bridge has been closed to the public since 1991. I took this picture from a great viewpoint on the balcony at Salt Dog burger joint.
This bridge is a Florianopolis landmark; you can easily drive around and see it from many angles. It looks spectacular in the evening.
Florianopolis Street Art
Definitely one of the best things to do in Florianopolis if you like to connect with the local culture.
Whenever in Latin America, I keep my eyes open for art, not only in museums and cultural centers but in the street.
I take my time to observe what I see, just like an art connoisseur would in a gallery.
Florianopolis has a real creative vibe about it, which I felt just by walking around the backstreets looking at the artwork.
Best Beaches in Florianopolis
There’s a reason why Florianopolis has been a popular beach destination for surfers and partiers for decades. The beaches are phenomenal!
- Barra da Lagoa
- Praia da Joaquina
- Praia Mole
- Lagoinha do Leste
- Ilha do Campeche
I visited the beach once every couple of days and mixed lazy beach days with other activities.
You’ll find that Selina hostel is located just across from Mole beach so it makes a great place to park yourself for a couple of days.
Take a beach tour
If short on time or not thinking about renting a car, I recommend the beach tour headed by local guides.
You’ll visit all the beaches on the south coast such as:
- Lagoa do Peri
- Pântano do Sul
- Ilha do Campeche
- Morro das Pedras
The beach tour will cover the less popular beaches common with tourists.
Get yourself prepared to do a lot of walking, especially if you want to discover the more hidden or secluded parts of the beaches.
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I recommend traveling with a decent pair of flip-flops or even a sturdy pair of travel sandals if you desire more heel protection.
This is a great idea if you want to save time but not miss out on the best beaches in Florianopolis.
Take the Beach Bus
There are special yellow buses that go to all the best beach spots on the island.
I used mainly the Terminal Rodoviario Rita Maria as it was super close to my Airbnb.
Another useful terminal is Terminal de Integração do Centro, which is literally across the street.
You’ll find the blue and white bus, which is half the price of the yellow beach buses but less direct, and there’s much more passenger traffic.
See this video showing moments from my experience in Florianopolis:
When looking for somewhere to stay in Florianopolis, it’s worth noting there are some great Airbnb options for staying in different spots on the island.
Accommodation in Florianopolis
I also compared some of the best hostels in Florianopolis whilst here as well.
As I mention in my Latin Explorer Travel bible, I try to mix up my accommodation experience, especially when I have been traveling for more than one month.
On this occasion, I had traveled by bus from Puerto Iguazu to Florianopolis, so I upgraded my accommodation.
💡Smart Travel Tip
If it’s your first time in Florianopolis, don’t book all your accommodation before you arrive. You’ll more than likely find other parts of the island you’d prefer to stay in once you get there.
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Things to do in Florianopolis
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