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Florianopolis & Southern Brazil Travel Guide


Florianópolis, nicknamed Floripa by locals, is the prosperous capital of Santa Catarina state in Southern Brazil. The vibrant Ilha de Santa Catarina offers sand dunes, pine forests and many different beaches, bays and lagoons. Further south along the coast there is the pretty bay of Praia do Rosa where Southern Right Whales can be seen from July until November. Inland and into the province of Parana there is the Serra Verde Express, one of Brazil’s last great train rides from Curitaba to Morretes through mountains and Atlantic Forest. Due to a large amount of German settlers there is a distinctly European feel to the area and the town of Blumenau hosts the third largest Oktoberfest in the world.

This sunny region of Brazil is known for its particularly raucous carnival, fantastic beaches and curious German towns

Best months to visit Florianopolis & Southern Brazil

Florianopolis & Southern Brazil can be visited at any time of year, but the most popular time is the summer season from December until March. This is the hottest time of year but also the busiest as it encompasses Christmas and carnival. May until August are the winter months where it is colder, but this is the best time for surfing. The whale watching season also starts in July and ends in November. Inland temperatures are a little cooler than the coast.

Our hand-picked hotels in Florianopolis & Southern Brazil

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a handful of our favourites in Florianopolis & Southern Brazil.

Best reasons to visit Florianopolis & Southern Brazil

With over 500km of coastline Florianopolis & Southern Brazil offers excellent beaches, but go a little inland and there is much more to discover. Below are our top experiences and highlights of the region.

Stay at Ponta dos Ganchos, one of the most exclusive resorts in Brazil

Take the Serra Verde Train through the Serra do Mar mountains

Go whale watching along the southern coast from July until November

Taste barreado, a traditional meat stew in Morretes

Explore the beaches of Ilha de Santa Catarina and Praia do Rosa

Weather Averages for Florianopolis & Southern Brazil

Other destinations in Brazil

Explore the miles of deserted northern beaches, travel through colonial mining towns in Minas Gerais, or take on the mega city of Sao Paulo. Use the links below to continue browsing our other destinations in Brazil.

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