Lagoa do Peri

Florianopolis is without doubt the most beautiful Southern island in Brazil,it is rich in cultural heritage and history, being the capital of the state of Santa Catarina it is very accessible with an International Airport on the Island as well as modern bridges that connect with the mainland. Florianopolis has over 50 marvelous beaches and a very friendly local population. The intention of this site is to promote this piece of paradise, whether you want to come here for a holiday and are looking for travel and accommodation details or for others with more permanent plans. The island's east-coast beaches are the most beautiful, with the biggest waves and the greatest expanses of empty sand. They are also the most popular for day trips..

FLORIANÓPOLIS

     

Praia Brava:

      

 

 

 

Praia dos Ingleses:

 

 

 

Santinho:

 

 

Moçambique:

     

 

 

Barra da Lagoa:

   

 

 

Galheta:

   

 

 

Praia Mole:

               

 

 

 

Lagoa da Conceição:

      

 

 

Joaquina:

     

 

 

 

Campeche:

           

 

 

Morro das Pedras:

      

 

 

Armação:

                    

 

 

Matadeiro:

       

 

 

 

Lagoinha do Leste:

    

 

 

Pântano do Sul:

       

 

 

Praia da Solidão:

 

 

Naufragados:

    
     

 

 

Caieira da Barra do Sul:

         

 

 

Ribeirão da Ilha:

       

 

 

Tapera:

 

 

Cacupé:

 

 

Sto. Antônio de Lisboa:

 

 

Sambaqui:

 

 

Daniela:

 

 

Praia do Forte:

 

 

Jurerê Internacional:

 

 

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The north-coast beaches have calm, bay-like water, and resorts with many apartment-hotels and restaurants. The west coast, facing the mainland, has great views, a quiet, Mediterranean feel and small beaches. East Coast The following beaches are listed from north to south. Praia dos Ingleses, 34 km from Florianópolis, is becoming quite developed.There are lots of hotels and restaurants catering to the Brazilian, Argentine and Uruguayan tourists. Praia do Santinho has a few beach houses and barracas and one of the island's most beautiful beaches. The island's longest beach, Praia do Moçambique (or Praia Grande), is 14 km long and undeveloped. It's hidden by a pine forest from the dirt road that runs a couple of km inland from it. The camping here is good. Barra da Lagoa, a big, curved beach at the end of Praia do Moçambique
It is still home to any indigenous fisherfolk, descended from the original Azorean colonists. Although there are more hotels and restaurants here than anywhere else on the east coast, except Praia dos Ingleses, there are still not many of them, and they are not modern eyesores. The barracas are excellent, and it seems every second house is for rent. Praia Mole is a beautiful stretch of beach, with one hotel, the four-star Cabanas da Praia Mole. The beach is hip in summer. A good bar there is Mole Blues. Praia da Joaquina hosts the Brazilian surfing championship in January and the Hang Loose championship in September. There are a few restaurants, and this is the busiest beach on the island. The crowd is young and hip and the surf pumps. Surfboards can be hired from the Surf Punks surf shop, right next to the Barra da Lagoa turnoff. Dune-surfing is also popular on the Joaquina dunes, and you can hire a board right there. The three main beaches to the south are the most remote, and quite spectacular. Praia do Campeche has a few barracas, and the beach is long enough for everyone to find a private patch of sand. Praia da Armação is similar. Pântano do Sul, at the end of the paved road, is a small fishing village with a couple of restaurants. The mountains here close in on the sea. The island's east-coast beaches are the most beautiful, with the biggest waves and the greatest expanses of empty sand. They are also the most popular for day trips, and most do not have hotels. The north-coast beaches have calm, bay-like water, and resorts with many apartment-hotels and restaurants. The west coast, facing the mainland, has great views, a quiet, Mediterranean feel and small, unspectacular beaches.

East Coast

The following beaches are listed from north to south. Praia dos Ingleses, 34 km from Florianópolis, is becoming quite developed, and although the beach is a good one, the surroundings aren't very attractive. There are lots of hotels and restaurants catering to the Brazilian, Argentine and Uruguayan tourists,
Praia do Santinho has a few beach houses and barracas and one of the island's most beautiful beaches. The island's longest beach, Praia do Moçambique (or Praia Grande), is 14 km long and undeveloped. It's hidden by a pine forest from the dirt road that runs a couple of km inland from it. The camping here is good.

Barra da Lagoa, a big, curved beach at the end of Praia do Moçambique, is a short bus trip (No 403, `Barra da Lagoa') from Florianópolis. It is still home to many indigenous fisherfolk, descended from the original Azorean colonists. Although there are more hotels and restaurants here than anywhere else on the east coast, except Praia dos Ingleses, there are still not many of them, and they are not modern eyesores. The barracas are excellent, and it seems every second house is for rent.

Praia Mole is a beautiful stretch of beach, with one hotel, the four-star Cabanas da Praia Mole (232-0231; fax 232-0482). The beach is hip in summer. A good bar there is Mole Blues. Paulo, the manager, is a Carioca who lived a long time in Los Angeles. He speaks excellent English and is a fun guy.

Praia da Joaquina hosts the Brazilian surfing championship in January and the Hang Loose championship in September. There are a few restaurants, and this is the busiest beach on the island. The crowd is young and hip and the surf pumps. Surfboards can be hired from the Surf Punks surf shop, right next to the Barra da Lagoa turnoff. Giba, the guy who runs the surf shop, also has a comfortable pousada, a short walk from Joaquina for an early morning surf. Dune-surfing is also popular on the Joaquina dunes, and you can hire a board right there.


The three main beaches to the south are the most remote, and quite spectacular. Praia do Campeche has a few barracas, and the beach is long enough for everyone to find a private patch of sand. Praia da Armação is similar. As at Campeche, the current is often strong.

Pântano do Sul, at the end of the paved road, is a small fishing village with a couple of restaurants. The mountains here close in on the sea, which is calm and protected. We must mention here one of the best places on the island for observing birds and other wildlife. It's very undeveloped. To get there, you have to walk along a hilly trail from either Armação or Pântano do Sul. Don't miss it.

North Coast

The north coast is the most developed coast on the island, and the beaches are narrow; however, the sea here is warm, calm, incredibly clean, and perfect for swimming.

Canasvieiras, in particular, has many apartments, families with holiday homes, and nightlife (during the summer). In many ways it is the least attractive beach town on the island, and plenty more construction is planned.

A few km west, Jurerê is similar to Canasvieiras but a bit quieter. Out at Praia do Forte are the ruins of the Fortaleza de São José da Ponta Grossa, built in 1750.

West Coast

If you want to explore the west coast, the town of Sambaqui is charming and peaceful. There are a handful of barracas, and some beachgoers on weekends. After the town and the barracas, keep walking on the dirt road a few hundred meters for a more private beach, or continue another km to reach an even more secluded area. Both beaches are tiny and cozy, with good views. The road is blocked soon after this second beach.

On the southwest coast, the old colonial town of Ribeirão da Ilha has an impressive little church, the Igreja Nossa Senhora da Lapa.

The Interior

It's not just the beaches: the entire island is beautiful. Lagoa da Conceição is the most famous region in the interior. The views of the lagoon, surrounding peaks and sand dunes make for great walks or boat rides. Lots of boats are for hire right next to the bridge. Typical costs are $20 for two hours, but the boats can take up to 10 people, so try to get a group together. If you're down south, the turn-off to Lagoa do Peri is at Morro das Pedras. The lake is fun to explore.