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““While in Florianopolis, take time to visit the mountains!””
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Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
28 helpful votes
““While in Florianopolis, take time to visit the mountains!””
Reviewed March 31, 2009

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Florianopolis which also included three days and two nights in the area around Urubici in the mountains about 70 air miles inland from the coast. The scenery is striking, particularly to the east and southeast of the town. The escarpment marking the edge of the high plateau is breathtaking as are two roads that wind their way down the cliffs via seemingly endless switchbacks. There are falls to be visited, Morro Igreja (the highest point in Southern Brazil), adjacent Pedra Furada, and the Rio Canoas valley with its many farms growing just about anything you can imagine. It's a relaxing area that few people take the time to see - a place that can put your visit to Santa Catarina into perspective. Of personal interest to me was the fact that much of the conclusive geologic study conducted to prove the theory of plate tectonics (continental drift) was conducted in these mountains, comparing their rocks with those found in Africa.

Be sure to explore this region using GoogleEarth but be aware that an unusual number of photos are misplaced (although I've offered relocation suggestions that may have been implemented by the time you read this).

I had an absolutely perfect stay at Fazenda Fogo Eterno about 17 miles south of Urubici at KM 42 on SC 430. I have written a separate review of this farm inn you may want to read. The facilities, food, and small staff are incredible.

3 Thank BrentonB70
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Sao Paulo
1 review
4 helpful votes
“Best place on earth!”
Reviewed April 4, 2007

Florianopolis has 42 beaches! one better than another!
It is a great place to be!
My favorite beaches are: Santinho, Brava, Joaquina and Mole.
Ride a horse at Joaquina´s beach.
Eat shrimp at Chico´s restaurante at Lagoa da Conceição.
Have fun at "latitude 27" bar ate lagoa da Conceicao too.
You have to rent a car! the island is too big.....

4 Thank josymelo2k
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
169 helpful votes
“If I ever go back to Brasil....”
Reviewed April 4, 2007

If I ever go back to Brasil.. I would jump from Sao Paulo directly to this beautiful island!!!

When I was travelling from Argentina, I didn't had any idea about where I was going... of course you hear about the beaches in Rio de Janeiro, the big city of Sao Paulo, the carnival in Salvador Bahia, but Florianopolis isn't that famous until you get to this 32 beach island where what you want you can find..

To me, Florianopolis is the "Marvellous city, of a thousand delights" and the Hercílio Luiz Bridge is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Florianópolis, it's just beautiful!!!

My favorite beach was Praia Mole. It has the finniest sand I have ever seen, it even whistles when you walk,.

The northern beaches have a better infrastructure. Hotels and restaurants abound, and they are especially lively in summer. The Argentines used to be frequent-goers.

All beaches are lovely, and there are options for all tastes. Calm waters and enthusiasm on the shore are found in Canasvieiras, Ingleses and Jurerê International, with their very chic mansions. Ponta das Canas, near Canasvieiras, is calmer and has a beautiful view. Good beaches for surfing are Joaquina (venue of frequent competitions), Praia Mole and Praia Brava, where tennis player Gustavo Kuerten owns a flat. So, these beaches are also very lively. The southern beaches are more native and still preserve a little of the spirit of the old fishermen's island that has become a capital. If you want partying, these places are a little off the track.

3 Thank Latinzest
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1 review
1 helpful vote
“Brazil - a very friendly country”
Reviewed December 19, 2006

Florianapolis is a relatively large city in the south of Brazil. In the south of Brazil, during their relatively mild winter (July and August), it can get a little cool. For Floriananpolis, that means 50s and 60s for those 2 months. The rest of the time, the city is essentially a warm and beautiful island resort. There are cities in Brazil with problems (Recife, Sao Paulo and Rio), but even those cities are relatively safe, if you avoid the slum areas and dress casual/native and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. I've visited most of Brazil (~20 times in the past 7 years, and I've stayed in Brazil for a total of ~12 months during that time) without any problems.
Florianapolis is a lovely city, with lots of beautiful beaches. The hotels are cheap (~1/3 that of the USA), the food is cheap (restaurant costs are ~1/2 to ~1/3 that of the USA) and the cabs are relatively cheap (~2/3 that of the USA) even though gas is 50% more. Imported booze is expensive, and electronic items are expensive. If you have a friend in Brazil, bring them an bottle of interesting liquor, or an electronic gift - electronic items are 2 to 4 fold more expensive in Brazil. The city has a nice little market for fruits and veggies, and they have another little market for arts, crafts and clothes. They have "style" in Brazil and the clothes are cheap and can be very nice, so it is a great place to shop. I have been told that they have the best women's shoes in the world. My wife get's positive comments on her Brazilian shoes all the time in the USA. Buy your sun screen lotion (30+ if you are very white) in the USA - pharmaceuticals and most cosmetics items are much cheaper in the USA.
Other great cities to visit are in the northeast (Natal, Joao Pessoa, Salvador, Recife, etc.). Most Brazilians that can travel for vacation, go to the Florianapolis or cities in the northeast of Brazil.

1 Thank Brazil_Bill
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
21 helpful votes
“There are a million better places in Brazil”
Reviewed January 21, 2006

Surfers and wind surfers like Florianopolis because of the wind and waves. That is understandable, as is also understandable why Argentians favour it. It's close to their country, and they don't have many nice beaches. But I don't see why any other tourist would prefer to spend hollidays in Florianopolis than on the beaches of Rio, Sao Paulo, Bahia, Ceara or Fernao de Noronha.
I went to Florianopolis to spend 15 days, but came back on the 5th. Couldn't take it any longer.
To start with, it doesn't look like you are in Brazil. No Samba or Bossa Nova playing anywhere, no tropical vegetation, no warm sea, and all you see are Argentinian tourists or blonde locals.
The north beaches are too crowded while the south beaches are empty because they are dirty, windy and the sea is too cold.
There is a lot of traffic, and no sinalization on the roads. You get lost all the time. The architectural style is as chaotic as the traffic. No identity.
The food is horrible. Didn't managed to have one single decent meal. I was even served bad oisters at the hottest spot of Jurere International, the hippest beach.
Restaurants and hotels are as expensive as is Sao Paulo and Rio, while much inferior in quality.
It is allways windy wich doesn't let you relax, but if the wind stops it's even worst because the mosquitos won't stop at nothing. You can use as much AUTAN or OFF you want, they will bite you anyway.
What can I say? I'll never go back.

12 Thank ElenFerre
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