Florianopolis

Travel Guide
Barra da Lagoa Beach showing a coastal town and a bay or harbor

Its reputation may be as a surfing and party capital, but this southern Brazilian city will charm everyone with its passionate culture.

Florianópolis is known for its many beaches, sophisticated city center and informal status as Brazil’s party capital. This southern Brazilian city covers an island off the Santa Catarina coast. The city center is characterized by cosmopolitan streetscapes, fine dining options and modern shopping malls, while the 42 beaches that surround the city are considered some of the finest in Brazil.

Explore the city center to discover excellent shopping and sightseeing. Walk to the city edge for views of the now-closed Hercilio Luz Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Brazil. Visit the huge shopping malls of Florianópolis to find the latest items from top fashion outlets from around the world as well as jewelry, cosmetics and souvenirs.

For a change of pace, head to the iconic public market to immerse yourself in local charm. Pick up traditional baked goods and seafood, fruits and vegetables from local farms and waters. Stop at one of the restaurants and bars lining the market to try oysters, a specialty of the region.

Once you’ve stocked up on food, hop onto one of the many buses that travel to Florianópolis’s 42 beaches. The bus system is affordable, reliable and a great alternative to renting a car. Head north to Brava Beach, one of the best and most challenging surfing spots in the area, or visit the popular beachside neighborhood of Ingleses do Rio Vermelho. Here the beach has a milder surf and is lined with resorts, bars and nightclubs and is a hub for the city’s nightlife.

With a subtropical climate, Florianópolis enjoys four distinct seasons and remains far less humid than others parts of the country. In summer, expect warm temperatures that will have you on the beach all day. Winter brings occasional frost and is a great time to explore the city’s friendly hospitality and cozy bars.

Flights are available from North and South America to the local international airport; an interstate bus service provides connections from other Brazilian cities.

Where to stay in Florianopolis

Castelmar Hotel
Castelmar Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua Felipe Schimidt, 1260, Centro, Florianopolis, SC, 88010-002
The price is $38 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Florianopolis. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
3.7/5 Good! (815 reviews)
Ok for a short stay
"Room was large but in need of updates. It felt very basic and dark. Water in the shower kept fluctuating between super cold and boiling hot for no reason. Door lock was busted and kept not working on me. Housekeeping is offered on a every other day basis, even though they did not show up on either ..."

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

Castelmar Hotel
LK Design Hotel
LK Design Hotel
4.5 out of 5
R. Bocaiúva 1755, Florianopolis, SC, 88015-530
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $138 per night from May 27 to May 28
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Florianopolis. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 24-hour room service. Popular attractions Museu do Homem do Sambaqui ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (227 reviews)
"Great hotel!! Brand new!"

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

LK Design Hotel
Faial Prime Suítes
Faial Prime Suítes
3.5 out of 5
Rua Felipe Schmidt, 603 - Centro, Florianopolis, SC, 88010-001
The price is $66 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Florianopolis. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (516 reviews)
"Super friendly and polite staff, great breakfast buffet. Good location as well. King bed is two smaller beds pushed together. Shower was a little difficult to step into."

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Faial Prime Suítes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Castelo da Ilha
Castelo da Ilha
2.5 out of 5
Rua dos Lordes, 600 - Ingleses, Florianopolis, SC, 88058-525
The price is $27 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Florianopolis. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (31 reviews)
Best cost benefit in Florianopolis
"We were in 2 adults, 1 child of 8 and other of 3 years old. There were 1 double and 2 single beds, so for a family of 4, it was perfect. In the bedroom, there is AC with timer, which was very helpful to sleep at night. This is not a hotel, so do not expect room service, but still they provide clean ..."

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2016

Castelo da Ilha
Villas Jurerê Residences
Villas Jurerê Residences
3.5 out of 5
Rodovia Mauricio Sirotski Sobrinho 6123, Jurerê, Florianopolis, 88053-700
The price is $76 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Florianopolis. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (25 reviews)
"Muito bom, retornaria recomendo um bom lugar, Excelente localização"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Villas Jurerê Residences
Pietra Flat
Pietra Flat
3 out of 5
Estr. Dom João Becker 1389, Florianopolis, SC, 88058-600
The price is $45 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 24
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Florianopolis. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Awesome beach - hotel needs a lot of work
"We arrived and the room was filthy - dirty dishes in the sink and broken glass on the floors. After several attempts to get the room cleaned, and having to threaten to leave, they finally cleaned the room. Once. They never came beck to clean the rest of the trip. However, the owner is super nice, ..."

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Pietra Flat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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