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How to Spend 1 Day in Florianopolis

How to Spend 1 Day in Florianopolis

Santa Catarina Island, often referred to by the name of its capital city Florianopolis, enjoys 350 miles (560 kilometers) of coastline, with a beach for any taste. Even if you only have a day to spend on the “Magic Island,” you’ll still get a taste for what’s on offer. Here are some tips for how to make the most of your day in Florianopolis. 

Morning: Historic Downtown

Start your day on the island with a guided tour of the downtown area. Learn more about the island’s early Portuguese settlers as you tour notable landmarks, such as November 15 Square (Praça Novembro XV), Palace Cruz e Souza, and the impressive Hercílio Luz Bridge (Ponte Hercílio Luz) linking Santa Catarina to mainland Brazil. Book your own private English-speaking guide to make sure you don’t miss anything on your must-see list. If time permits, continue your explorations in the historic Lagoa da Conceição neighborhood, known for its scenic lagoon.

Afternoon: Northern Beaches

Visitors come to Floripa, as the city is known, for its spectacular beaches, and those on the northern end of the island are the most accessible (and have the warmest waters, perfect for swimming). Many full-day tours of the island stop at Jurerê, a trendy beach on the northern end of the island where Brazil’s young, rich, and famous have their vacation homes. If you’re feeling active, opt for an afternoon cycling tour through the northern part of the island, with stops at Mozambique, Santinho, and Ingleses beaches along the way. 

Night: Lagoa da Conceição

While nightlife is a bit subdued in Florianopolis, one of the best places for dinner and a drink throughout the year is along the shores of Lagoa da Conceição. Sip a cocktail at the picturesque Morro da Lagoa da Conceição lookout before heading into the village for an evening of barhopping and local music. Alternatively, head to one of the beach clubs on the northern end of the island, where DJs spin tunes and visitors rub elbows with well-heeled locals. 

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Florianópolis Full Day City Tour

Florianópolis Full Day City Tour

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Get a comprehensive tour of Florianópolis during this 8-hour excursion. Visit some of the island's more than 40 scenic beaches, as well as its historic downtown landmarks. Pickup and drop-off at most Florianópolis included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.10
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Private Guided Tour in Florianopolis

Private Guided Tour in Florianopolis

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Explore the colonial architecture, traditional fishing villages and oyster farms of northern Florianopolis during this 6-hour tour. With your small group of fewer than 10 people and a local guide, visit landmarks like the Mercado Publico, a local cathedral, the XV of November Square, Museum Cruz e Souza and an old Custom House, now a handicraft market.
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  • 6 hours
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Shared Shuttle between Florianópolis Airport and Hotel with optional City Tour

Shared Shuttle between Florianópolis Airport and Hotel with optional City Tour

Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport sits 9 miles (14 km) outside of downtown Florianópolis. Skip the hassle of renting a car or hailing a cab with this shared one-way or roundtrip shuttle from the airport right to your hotel. Get your trip off to a good start by adding on a city tour following your airport pickup.
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  • 2 hours
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