Florianópolis, the city and island on which I currently live, is absolutely stunning. Composed of several unique bairros(neighbourhoods), there is always somewhere interesting to explore, and in my case, photograph! I’ve taken these photos over the last couple of years, and while it doesn’t cover everything, it’s a start. I hope you enjoy, and are inspired to come and visit!
First of all, a map of Florianopolis:
Santo Antônio(close to Sambaqui):
I absolutely love Santo Antonio, with its Portuguese architecture, seafood restaurants right on the water, beautiful sunsets, and small town feel.
One of the most popular beaches on the island, its name means “soft beach.”
Lagoinha do Norte:
Our friend Pepe has a beach house here that we spent a day at last year. A beautiful spot.
Barra da Lagoa:
This colourful neighbourhood has a cute beach-town vibe. There are lovely natural pools you can hike to and swim in(so much fun). In the winter penguins migrate through.
Riberão da lha:
Another sweet neighbourhood in the south of the island with more Portuguese architecture and is so quaint and quiet you almost feel as if you’ve gone back in time, or perhaps have been transported to Europe. It’s absolutely lovely and I’m so glad we live close by. A fabulous place to sit and watch the sunset.
The southernmost beach of the island, it takes a 50 minute hike up and down the side of a mountain to reach it. I recommend running shoes and not carrying small children.
Costa da Lagoa:
R$15 and a thirty minute boat ride will take you to Costa da Lagoa, where you can visit these lovely waterfalls:
South of the island:
The neighbourhood we lived in for a year upon our arrival.
The neighbourhood I lived in on my first trip to Floripa in 2008. It’s right in the middle of the island and is the best place to go for arts, culture, cute cafes and nightlife. Not to mention sand dunes and a beautiful warm lagoon.
Stay tuned for more!