Welcome to the South! Florianopolis (Flor-ee-an-opolis) is different from the other beach cities in Brazil. South America is in the Southern hemisphere, which means that the more you go south, the colder it gets. Driving down the southern coast, the change in landscape, due to climate change, is noticeable. Things start to seem more like Europe than the tropics.
This goes for the people as well. Santa Catarina (Santa Cat-ah-ree-na), the state where Florianopolis is found, was heavily populated by Europeans in the 18th century. To this day, the population is mostly of German, Portuguese and Italian decent. This gives the south a feel that is just not the same as the rest of the country.
This is not to say that summer in Florianopolis is not hot and sticky and sexy like just about all Brazilian coastal towns. To the contrary, “Floripa,” (Flor-ee-pah) as it is often called, is a total paradise island. Indeed, half of the city is on the mainland and the other half on Santa Catarina Island (Ilha de Santa Catarina). People travel to this destination for the sun, the fun and the party that makes Floripa wonderful.
Most of the economy is based on tourism, though over the last decade it has become a “silicon valley,” of sorts. Tech firms have taken up shop in this lovely city, and today it is a place with one of the best quality of life indexes in Brazil.
The city is not large, with around 500,000 people, and the greater metropolitan area has little over a million people. There are more than 40 beaches in and around the city, and it is home to surf championships that are world renown. Below is a list of some of the beaches in and around Florianopolis.
Barra da Lagoa (Bar of the Lagoon) is a less developed fisherman’s beach, known for waves that are perfect for the beginning surfer.
Praia dos Ingleses (Beach of the English) is bordered by beautiful dunes that you can “sandbord,” down. It is a more populated beach, frequented by tourist from all over the world.
Praia da Armação is home to Santa Ana’s Church, which was where fishermen from the Armação Fishing Company would pray before going to sea on their whaling ships. It is still a fishing village and beach but it is also becoming more and more a tourist area because of the beautiful beach and scenic village.
Praia do Campeche is a famous surfing beach. It is also a partygoer’s destination, as the night life is always lively.
Discovering all that the beaches have to offer is part of the fun in Florianopolis. The city is very nice as well. There are shops, restaurants, amazing nightlife and all that you would want in a vacation getaway beach town. To get to Florianopolis by bus you will need to connect to the Florianopolis
While searching for a bus ticket, it is important to pay attention to the bus stations.
Some destinations only have routes to one bus station and others more than one station. Depending on where you will stay in the city, it can make a difference in time and price if you have a choice in bus stations. Here is a brief summary of each station:
Terminal Rodoviário Rita Maria – Florianopolis Bus Station
When speaking to a Portuguese speaker you can just say: Rodoviaria Florianopolis or
Located close to the Pedro Ivo Campos Bridge, the bus station is on the island side of Florianopolis. This bus station connects travelers to the southern half of the country, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
There are 20 bus companies with more than 100 destinations inside the State of Santa Catarina. There are 400 national and international destinations. One will find all the amenities in the bus station; stores, restaurants, bathrooms with showers, ATM machines, lockers, a pharmacy and more. The grounds are safe, with plenty of security, and there are taxis and buses to take you to your final destination.