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Florianópolis, Brazil Travel Information

Panoramic View of Lagoa Conceção in Florianópolis

Florianópolis (affectionately called Floripa by locals and non-locals alike) was named the “Party Destination of the Year” in 2009 by the New York Times – a distinction that is holding up even in 2012 and doesn´t seem to be changing anytime soon.

Floripa is hot on the tourist scene attracting world-renowned musicians and celebrity figures such as Beyoncé and supermodel Gisele. Snoop Dogg and Jota Quest held concerts in Music Park in 2011. For upcoming shows view the official website: Music Park.

Joaquina Surfing Beach - Florianopolos, Brazil

The city has two professional soccer teams; Figueirense FC and Avaí FC. Other popular sports practiced by professionals and novices are: scuba diving, trekking, sand boarding, surfing and the ever present bikini watching.

The Island of Santa Catarina (Ilha de Santa Catarina in Portuguese) is the main island and Florianopolis its capital city. In November it hosts the Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour competition – the only one in South America.

Joaquina Beach (Praia da Joaquina in Portuguese) pictured in the photo above has numerous surf schools. There are 42 beaches on the island in total, many accessible only by foot or boat.

Public Market in Florianopolis

Unlike other areas of Brazil, there is rainfall year-round (no dry season) with summer having the highest level of precipitation; creating a humid subtropical climate.

Temperatures during the hottest months of January and February can reach 40 degrees celcius (104 F). During winter (July & August) temperatures can drop as low as 6 degrees celcius (43 F).

Travel From Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro or Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls Brazil side)

From Florianopolis you can take an approxmate 19 hour bus ride to Rio de Janeiro ($90 USD) or take a 1 1/2 hour flight to Rio with TAM, GOL or Avianca airlines. The cost of the flight is from $150-250 USD.

The best ‘cheap flights’ search engine I found is Brazilian Express.

From Florianopolis to Foz do Iguaçu is around $220 USD for a flight, or a 15 hour bus ride for approximately $80 USD. Travel Guide to Iguazu Falls (Brazil & Argentina sides)

Note: Prices are current as of July, 2012.

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