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The Island City

Florianópolis is one of the most popular coastal destinations in Brazil, attracting active vacationers from across South America and Europe. The city's historic center (settled by Azorean colonists in the 18th century) occupies the western shore of Ilha de Santa Catarina, and serves as a gateway to the island's beaches, lagoons and mountains.

Santa Catarina's north and west shores are lined with surfing beaches, celebrated for their powerful and consistent swells. Some, like Campeche and Joaquina, host ASP World Tour surfing competitions. Others, like Barra da Lagoa, are perfect for beginners.

On shore, sun seekers enjoy pale sands and beach-side clubs. Sandboarding on the dunes above Ingleses and Joaquina beaches is popular, as are paragliding, kite surfing and diving.

The island's edge is a study in contrasts; some beaches are dominated by large resorts, while others are occupied by tranquil fishing villages. For those seeking relaxation and solitude, the mainland coast near Santa Catarina Island has a fine collection of quiet boutique hotels. There, guests can swim with dolphins, charter yachts, and picnic on isolated beaches.

Florianópolis can be reached via direct flights to Sao Paulo (one hour) and Rio de Janeiro (90 minutes). December to March is peak season, with highs in the mid-80s and lows near 70°. The winter months (June, July and August) have highs near 70° and lows near 60°. January is the wettest month, while May through August are generally the sunniest.

Mosaico Travel Services arranges personalized travel in Brazil and throughout South America. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a Mosaico travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

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