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One Day in Florianopolis

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With dozens of different beaches to visit, Florianopolis (Floripa) offers you beautiful scenery and delicious meals to enjoy year round; and born and bred in the state of Santa Catarina, I could not love its capital, Floripa, more! While I highly recommend staying more than one day, if you can only make a short visit, don't worry; get an early start and follow this guide to enjoy some of my favorite spots in this lovely city.

Good for
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Trendsetter

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

Forte Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa

Historic Sites

Jurere Internacional

Beaches

Canasvieiras

Beaches

Morro da Cruz

Geologic Formations, Lookouts

Catedral Metropolitana de Florianopolis

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Praca XV de Novembro

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mercado Municipal

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Forte Sant'Anna e Museu de Armas

Historic Sites, Speciality Museums

Ciclovia Beira Mar Norte

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Joaquina Beach

Beaches

Lagoa da Conceicao

Gift & Speciality Shops, Bodies of Water

Lais G's City Tips

  • If you don't want to rent a car, plan your day around the city center. There are several attractions within walking distance of one another, and you can take a cab for sights further afield.
  • In Brazil, restaurants usually include tips in the bill (10%).
  • The best way to explore Floripa is by car. Public transportation tends to take a long time, and cabs will add up quickly if you intend to visit various parts of the island.
  • Forte Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa
    Historic Sites
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    Lais G Says:

    Built to protect the city, this fort offers you a taste of Floripa's history, and a nice view of the ocean. A great place to kick-off your morning here!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Entry tickets are very cheap, and students pay half price.
    • If your schedule is not too tight, enjoy a few minutes on the beach located right by the fort.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 188 things to do in Florianopolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visiting the history of Florianopolis 13/01/2018
    • Trip 3 15/07/2017
    • Forte Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa
    Address:
    Servidao da Carioca s/n
    Praia do Forte
    Florianopolis, State of Santa Catarina 88053-308
    Brazil
    Phone:
    48-37218302
    Other:
  • Jurere Internacional
    Beaches
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    Lais G Says:

    National and international celebrities often choose to spend their vacations in Jurere Internacional; so why not join them? Stroll around this neighborhood to admire fancy houses, hotels, resorts, and peruse upmarket restaurants and bars.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It's easy to find restaurants with menus in English in this area. Note however, that prices are high!
    • Those looking for nightlife options might want to consider coming back here after dark.
    • If you have time to go for a swim, the beach has calm waves and is suitable for families with children.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 188 things to do in Florianopolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pedestrianized shopping area and beach 30/10/2018
    • Good beach but only available for a limited time 22/07/2018
    • Jurere Internacional
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Canasvieiras
    Beaches
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    Lais G Says:

    The calm, warm waters of Canasvieiras are a big attraction for tourists; especially during the summer. This is a great area to stop at a restaurant by the beach, and refresh with a coconut water or a 'caipirinha' — the classic Brazilian drink.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Spanish is spoken in several restaurants and shops in this area.
    • Feeling hungry? My favorite snacks in the area are crab cake ("bolinho de siri" in Portuguese) and "churros" (deep fried dough filled with dulce de leche or chocolate).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 188 things to do in Florianopolis
    • Fun Beach 09/12/2017
    • The Buenos Aires from Brazil 29/10/2016
    • Canasvieiras
  • Morro da Cruz
    Geologic Formations, Lookouts
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    Lais G Says:

    Offering one of the best views of the city, this lookout point is 285 meters high. Enjoy a stunning vista of the bridges, the sea, and the city center stretching out before — and on a clear day, you can even see the other cities that are part of the Greater Florianopolis Area.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • I recommend visiting this spot during the day.
    • There is only one small restaurant there, so make sure you aren't too hungry before heading to the top!
    • This viewpoint is also known as "Morro do Antão."
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 188 things to do in Florianopolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Arrive by Uber 13/03/2019
    • Fantastic views 18/01/2017
    • Morro da Cruz
    Address:
    Rua do Antao
    Florianopolis, State of Santa Catarina
    Brazil
  • Catedral Metropolitana de Florianopolis
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Lais G Says:

    Beaches are not the only attraction in Florianopolis. The city center is also worth visiting, and it's also an area that you can easily walk around in a short period of time. One of its major landmarks is this old cathedral, dating back to the 1700s.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Right in front of the cathedral is Palácio Cruz e Sousa, a pretty building where the Historical Museum of Santa Catarina is located.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 188 things to do in Florianopolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth of visiting 18/07/2018
    • There are Cathedral everywhere 25/02/2018
    • Catedral Metropolitana de Florianopolis
    Address:
    Rua Padre Miguelinho 55
    Florianopolis, State of Santa Catarina 88010-550
    Brazil
    Phone:
    48 3224-3357
    Hours:
    Sun
    7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Praca XV de Novembro
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lais G Says:

    The most traditional square in the city, this plaza is home to an enormous fig tree, that's over a thousand years old. It's believed to bring luck and money to those who walk around it, so is well worth stopping by on your city center tour!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • In the nearby streets (especially Felipe Schmidt and Conselheiro Mafra) you will find a variety of stores and banks.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 188 things to do in Florianopolis
    • Very nice park 18/07/2018
    • Some shadow in the heat 01/03/2018
    • Praca XV de Novembro
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Mercado Municipal
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lais G Says:

    An infinite number of fruits, veggies, desserts, cheese, wines, and seafood are on offer at the Public Market. There are also restaurants here where you can sit down and dine, sometimes with live music!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Head to Box 32 and order their famous "pastel" (a fried dough snack filled with cheese, meat, or other tasty options).
    • The market is closed on Sundays.
    • This is a great place to buy souvenirs!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 188 things to do in Florianopolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not only shopping 12/02/2019
    • Mercado Municipal is a fun and lively place to visit 16/10/2018
    • Mercado Municipal
    Address:
    Rua Conselheiro Mafra 255
    Florianopolis, State of Santa Catarina 88010-101
    Brazil
    Phone:
    48-3225-8464
    Other:
  • Forte Sant'Anna e Museu de Armas
    Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
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    Lais G Says:

    My favorite place to view the Hercilio Luz Bridge is from this fort and museum, located right under it. It's a symbol of the city, and while nowadays the bridge is closed and can't be crossed, it makes a great backdrop for photos, especially at sunset.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Entry is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 188 things to do in Florianopolis
    • Nice view of the bridge 09/04/2015
    • View of the bridge 09/04/2015
    • Forte Sant'Anna e Museu de Armas
    Address:
    Av. Beira Mar Norte, proximo a ponte Hercilio Luz
    Centro
    Florianopolis, State of Santa Catarina
    Brazil
    Phone:
    (48) 3229-6263
    Other:
  • Ciclovia Beira Mar Norte
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lais G Says:

    Locals and tourists go to this area to cycle, jog, walk their dogs, or simply relax. Head to the pier to enjoy the breathtaking view!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can rent a bike and pay by the hour.
    • This is a great spot to watch the sunset!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 188 things to do in Florianopolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful 29/12/2018
    • Great place 03/08/2016
    • Ciclovia Beira Mar Norte
    Address:
    Avenida Jornalista Rubens de Arruda Ramos
    Florianopolis, State of Santa Catarina
    Brazil
  • Joaquina Beach
    Beaches
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    Lais G Says:

    A favorite beach among surfers, Joaquina has the biggest waves and the coldest waters on the island. It's a very beautiful location and a must see even for those who don't like surfing. A great place to try sandboarding on the dunes as well!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • I love walking up the rocks on the left hand side of the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 188 things to do in Florianopolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun in the sun and sandboarding. 31/03/2019
    • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 01/02/2019
    • Joaquina Beach
  • Lagoa da Conceicao
    Gift & Speciality Shops, Bodies of Water
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    Lais G Says:

    The perfect area to finish your day, this lagoon offers several different restaurant and bar options, and is great for a happy hour drink and a delicious dinner afterwards. Stroll along Avenida das Rendeiras and head to the central area, called 'centrinho' by the locals.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For dinner, my favorite dish — served in several restaurants here — is "sequência de camarão." This is three different kinds of shrimp, and usually comes with rice, fries, and salad. It's enough for two!
    • This is also the perfect spot to do water sports, like kayaking and kitesurfing,
    • On the weekends, there is an open art market in the main square here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 35 Shopping in Florianopolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not to miss 👍🏻 02/02/2019
    • nice places and overcrowded noisy places, check before where you are going to stay, google maps will show 11/11/2018
    • Lagoa da Conceicao
    Phone:
    48-3025-6303
    Other:
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