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.
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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.
Is Florianopolis Worth Visiting?
Florianopolis (Floripa for short) is one of the best places to visit in Brazil and here in Santa Catarina you find good vibes everyday all year round!
Some of the best things to do include a visit to its beaches, which are popular for surfing, and also the wild coastal jungle that can be trekked.
This is without mentioning the large array of cocktails here that can be enjoyed with some truly amazing crimson sunsets over the Atlantic.
Florianopolis is well known for its nightlife, with the city being one of the most trendy and popular nightlife areas in all of Brazil.
This beachside city has parties and scenes compared to that of Mallorca and similar European party islands, so is a great place to spend the weekend living it up!
The best venues include P12 and Milk for the more up-scale venues, where you’ll find many popular artists and DJs from around the world.
As well as this, another must-have experience is The Roof, where you can sip on cocktails and drinks at the top of the Majestic Palace hotel.
The best time to visit is during the summer, when many of the nightclubs open up their pools for a midnight dip.
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.
Things to do in Florianopolis
Florianopolis has more to offer than white sands, coconuts and Caipirinhas. Let’s look at these amazing things to do in Florianopolis.
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.
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 attraction for Florianopolis (and one of my favorite landmarks) is the Hercilio Luz Bridge, which is Brazil’s largest suspension bridge.
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 following 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.
💡Smart Travel Tip
Don’t book all your accommodation before arriving. You’ll likely find other parts of the island you’ll prefer to stay once you get there.
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 covers 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.
Florianopolis Travel Tips
See these travel tips for Florianopolis to ensure you have the best stay whether you’re on vacation, backpacking, or traveling with friends.
⤵️ Dan’s Travel Tips For Florianopolis:
- The public transport works really well because the buses go to all the beaches. Depending on your location and plans, ask in your hostel or hotel for recommendations. Cash is the mode of payment
- Pack a good pair of comfy walking shoes especially if going on the trails and visiting places in/outside of the city.
- That’s the case of Praia Galheta, a quiet beach which you can enter through a trail from Barra da Lagoa.
- Credit and debit cards are accepted in most places
- When looking for somewhere to stay there are some great hostels in Florianopolis , as well as some cool Airbnb options for staying in different spots on the island.
- Bring a water filter and buy bottled water. Tap water is not potable.
- The best time to visit Floripa is from December to March if you want to enjoy the summer. Also, from April to August is a good time too, because it is the spring season.
- Book flights and accommodation in advance, especially during peak season. You’ll probably want to get the best prices.
- Go Sandboarding. The dunes in Florianopolis are perfect for it.
- As I mention in my Latin Explorer Travel bible, try to mix up your accommodation, especially when traveling for more than a month.
- Pay the price of your food depending on the weight. As you read it, it’s common in many restaurants to pay by the kilo. Also, you can pay a fixed price and choose whatever you want from the offer.
- Learning some words and expressions in Portuguese can be really useful and a way to connect with locals here. Also, if you already know some Spanish is an advantage too.
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Best time to visit Florianopolis?
Located in the South of Brazil, Floripa follows the normal summer and winter season pattern common of coastal South American destinations.
The summer season runs from November until early March, and is the hottest time to visit. Average temperatures range from 73-78°F, with highs of up to 84°F (January and February the hottest) and lows of 67°F.
The winter season in contrast runs from June until October, which has lower daily averages of 62-65°F. Highs can reach up to 72°F, and lows of 57°F (July is the coolest month of the year).
Rainfall varies throughout the year from between 3.5-6 inches with no clear wet or dry season. January is the wettest month, whilst June is the driest month of the year.
Things to do in Florianopolis
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Clara Muzin says
Florianopolis is such a beautiful city… And your tips were marvelous! Everybody needs to visit the island at least once. On this website https://brazilbustravel.com/from-florianopolis-sc they sell bus tickets leaving from Florianopolis to enjoy other cities of Brazil, like Sao Paulo, Rio and others. I hope it was helpful!