Florianópolis is divided into two parts: one is the island of Santa Catarina, the other is on the mainland or the continent as locals affectionately refer to it. Both are joined by the beautiful Hercílio Luz bridge, one of the main postcard pictures of the city.
The strong influence of the Portuguese and Azorean settlers is realized in the architecture, in the cuisine and in the cultural and religious manifestations of Floripa (a loving way in which the inhabitants call the city).
The capital of Santa Catarina today is an important city in Brazil and, according to data from 2013, it has the third highest human development Index (HDI) among all Brazilian cities.
About 45% of the city is an environmental preservation area and more than 100 beaches are surrounded by hills covered by the vegetation of the Atlantic Forest.
Tourism is the main economic activity of the region, which is also an important center of technology and Florianópolis is the largest producer of farmed oysters in Brazil.
Among the major historical attractions are the fortress of São José da Ponta Grossa, alongside Jurerê Beach, the Prédio da Alfândega (1875), the Praça XV de Novembro, the Museu Casa de Victor Meirelles, one of the oldest buildings in town, and the famous Public Market, where you can find (nearly) everything.
Lagoa da Conceição, which extends for over 15 km, is a beautiful lake and one of the most traditional places in the city and is highly sought after by lovers of watersports and also by the famous “shrimp sequences” (restaurants with shrimp courses served continuously).
The neighborhood of Jurerê Internacional, with luxury mansions and fine restaurants, attracts many young people because it has one of the most exciting nightlife scenes in the country.
Floripa is a globally recognized location for surfing in Brazil and hosts national and international championships. The most sought after beaches by surfers are the Joaquina and Mole Beaches, synonymous with surfing, beautiful people and an entertaining nightlife, in addition to the Campeche and Brava beaches. Sailing, kiteboarding, hang gliding, and ocean fishing are also among the activities enjoyed in the city.
The Hercílio Luz International Airport, in Florianópolis, receives flights from Buenos Aires and from many Brazilian cities.
The Floripa Bus Station is in the central region of the city and includes the provision of 20 bus companies that cover more than 500 destinations in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina.
You can explore the entire island of Floripa in the tourist bus that stops at various points in the city. Refer to the bus lines that circulate there.
A great way to get around downtown Florianópolis is by bicycle. Refer to some places that rent bicycles.
If you prefer, you can travel through the city by taxi. Calculate the fare and refer to which companies provide the service in the city.
The area code (DDD) for Florianópolis is 48.
Tourist Information Center: 0800 644 6300