Life's a beach in Ilha de Santa Caterina

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 23, 2011

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Lagoa Hostel
Floripa Hostel

Flag of Brazil  , State of Santa Catarina,
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hi all,

Ilha de Santa Catarina boasts 560km of spectacular coastline with deserted beaches, excellent snorkelling, diving and surfing. The island is connected by a causeway that connects it to the mainland and the main city of Florianopolis. After a nights stay here we decided to stay in Lagoa da Conceicao which has all the island's 42 beaches within a hour's reach and is the nighlife hotspot of the island (Voted the Number 1 Party Destination of 2009 by The New York Times). Our hostel was right next to Lagoa da Conceicao, a pretty lagoon where people were paragliding, windsurfing and kite-surfing everyday. The lagoon is also close to Praia to Mole, a beach that is famous for its gorgeous people and world class waves that reach upto 3m high....not that we can surf (yet!). The beach is beautiful but as you can see from the pictures the weather was not great.

Unfortunately we only stayed in Florianopolis for a few days but you could easily spend a week or so here just visiting the stunning beaches all over Ilha de Santa Catarina. In the north from Praia de Jurere to Praia dos Ingleses there are lots of hotels and restaurants, designed for tourism. However, on the west coast is Santo Antonio de Lisboa, the oldest community on the island with a picturesque fishing village, renowned for its delicious seafood. The east coast has the island's cleanest waters and longest beaches including Barra de Lagoa and Praia do Mocambique. Praia do Mocambique is protected, so the only construction is in Barra de Lagoa. However, the town here is rather shabby.

If we were to return we would probably head towards the south of the island which is the most pristine and picturesque with white sand beaches and villages such as Riberirao da Ilha that specialise in oysters. The beaches in the south include Praia dos Naufragados and Praia do Campeche where you can visit Ilha do Campeche, an ecological reserve perfect for snorkelling.

This was our last stop in Brazil before our 27 hour bus to Buenos Aires, Argentina!!
All our love,

Hollie and Thomas x x
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