- Encounters with locals
- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Off the beaten track
Built on an isle and named after one of Brazil's first Presidents, Floripa is a popular destination for both Brazlians and foreigners alike.
Floripa attracts surfers, sun-seekers who love beaches and those wanting to enjoy its night life.. The Lagoa da Conceição, the town's lagoon, is one the region's best known water sports centers. So time to get your boards out! Don't hesitate to hire a car to go to the beaches, some of which are isolated; it's not always necessary but it makes life easier.
I really liked Florianópolis's glitzy Jurêrê Internacional, beach, but if you're on tight budget, give it a miss. All in all an enjoyable destination during a vacation in Brazil.
Founded in 1726, during the whale hunting era when immigrants from the Açores settled here, Florianopolis is a small, prosperous town with 300,000 habitants. This stopover was also the </g1 final part of mytrip to Brazil.
We arrived during Christmas and the town was in full, festive swing. The streets were decorated and buzzing with activity. They even had a Nativity scene. We toured the fish market that had shelves stacked with huge anchovies, salmon, triggerfish, grouper and turbot. Oh, and prawns ranging in size from shrimp to tiger, lagoon oysters...It had been a long since I'd seen such an impressive market. We bought treats for Christmas and, with all the amazing shellfish here, we put oysters on our yuletide menu.
We randomly strolled around the streets. We found numerous museums and a cultural center. And then, of course, there were the tempting beaches - which we couldn't resist!
"Brasil decime que se siente... Tener tu papa en tu casa..." (translation : "Brazil, tell me what is means to you to have your dad in the house").
That is the small "friendly" song that my Argentine friends sang at the top of their voices in our Brazilian hotels throughout our trip to Florianopolis or Floripa, for the locals. And yes, the Argentine/Brazilian rivalries were aggravated, not least the World Cup...
I really enjoyed this piece of heaven made in Brazil, it must be said that in Argentina, we sorely lack beaches! Among my favourites: the Mozambique beach and its completely white sand; the fishing village of Barra da Lagoa; the Mirador of Lagoa do Conceiçao for a splendid view of the city; the Praia Joaquina for the sandboard and the praia Armaçao famous for its whale population.
I must admit that our holiday in Brazil wasn't very cultural but I loved this small natural peace haven despite not being very touristic.