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  • Crystal clear bays, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Whale-watching off Florianopolis
  • Santa Catarina's tranquil bays, Brazil


Florianopolis and Santa Catarina

Affectionately dubbed “Floripa”, Florianopolis is the capital of Santa Catarina State in southern Brazil, a pleasant, bustling city which straddles the island of Santa Catarina. At its heart, pretty colonial houses and alleys are surrounded by high-rise towers. Yet head into the island and you discover a rugged landscape of old-growth forest, Portuguese fortresses and miles upon miles of beaches (over 40 in total) which make it an ideal holiday destination. The surrounding Santa Catarina coastline is equally impressive and dotted with resorts from small boutique pousadas to deluxe island retreats. Better still, visit between July and October and you can enjoy some of the finest whale-watching in South America as southern right whales come to breed along the tranquil bays. Heading north-west, the towering plateau of the Serra Geral mountains is shrouded in monkey puzzle trees and offers wonderful walking and riding.

Florianopolis and Santa Catarina Hotels

$$$$$ Ponta dos Ganchos Florianopolis and Santa Catarina

Emerald green waters lap against a small golden beach at Ponta dos Ganchos, one of Brazil’s most exclusive beach resorts and a beautiful, hideaway hotel just north of Florianopolis, state capital of...

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$$$$ Pousada Ilha do Papagaio Florianopolis and Santa Catarina

The Pousada Ilha do Papagaio is a unique island hideaway and charming boutique hotel just off the coast of Santa Catarina’s some 45 minutes’ drive from the state capital Florianopolis.  Set against...

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