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Florianópolis, better known as Magic Island, has all kinds of charm and simplicity, from a colony of fishermen to the lights of Hercilio Luz Bridge. It has culture, folklore, public market, beaches and another thousand reasons to be delighted and to come back to the city often.








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Florianopolis is the capital of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil. The district consists of the main island, the island of Santa Catarina, the mainland, and some small surrounding islands. The city has a population of 469,690 inhabitants (2015). Most of the population live on mainland, and in central and north areas of the main island. The southern half is less inhabited. Many small commercial fishermen populate the island. The fishing boats, the lacemakers, the folklore, the cuisine and the colonial architecture add to the growth of tourism. Villages immersed in tradition and history, such as Santo Antonio de Lisboa and Ribeirão da Ilha, still resist the advances of modernity. Beaches, no doubt, are also part of the postcard scenery of the city. According to the Department of Tourism, there are 34 wonderful beaches to visit, but some say that if you take into account the remote villages, the number of different beaches is 100. In the downtown area, walking...


Florianópolis, Brazil

Language: Portuguese

Currency: Brazilian Real
1.00 (one) BRL in  = 0,00


How to get to Florianópolis:

Hercílio Luz International Airport
Bus Terminal Rita Maria



Where to stay in Florianópolis:

Unlike some capital centers in Brazil, Florianópolis has good and new hotels, and revitalized streets. The majority of good lodging option is at Beira Mar Avenue or in parallel streets. Staying downtown you can go to either end of the island to visit beaches and neighborhoods, as well as being close to bars, restaurants and nightlife of the city. Another option would be to choose one of the beaches of your choice and enjoy the good inns in the area.


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Getting around in Florianópolis:

Florianópolis does not have a rapid transport system such as subways and trains. So, unless you want to make your vacation a bit more pricey due to taxi services the option is to get around the island by car. If you arrive to the city through the airport you can rent a basic car for about R$ 150.00/day and travel the island from one end to another. For those who prefer taking the bus, this is another great option because with a single ticket you can go from downtown to the north end of the island due the integrated terminus system. Remember that riding a bus can be time consuming because they usually don't have a short itinerary.


Compared to other capitals, Florianópolis has a small number of taxis to suply its demand: it is about one taxi for every 997 inhabitants. Although there are several taxi stands around the city, passengers often stand in line waiting for an empty taxi or they end up opting for other means of transport. However, it is always good to know where taxi stands are, how to hail a taxi and how much it costs. In Florianopolis, taxis are white and red.

    The starting price shown on the meter is R$ 4.20. Each kilometer travelled during the day (bandeira 1) costs R$ 2.25, and each kilometer travelled during the night (bandeira 2) costs R$ 2.65. The stop time costs R$ 20.00.


Public transport in Florianópolis is made mainly by bus. Noteworthy is the Integrated Transport System, formed by nine Integration Terminus. In this system, 34 lines connect the neighborhoods to regional terminus, which in turn connects them to the central terminus (TICEN). As a second public transport option there is the so-called "Executive Transport", intended for the ones with greater purchasing power and which has no predefined stops. This type of transport was kindly nicknamed by locals as "amarelinhos" (yellowing) because of the color of the bus.

Price: BRL 3.00   Convert to   = 0.00
    The cost of transport may vary according to the line you're riding. In general, for the central perimeter of the city, a single ticket costs R$ 3.10. However, if it's a intermunicipal destination, such as Biguaçu and Palhoça (continental cities part of the Greater Florianópolis), prices may be as high as R$ 6.00. The cost of "amarelinhos" may vary according to the distance and route, in buses lines such as Barra da Lagoa, Canasvieiras, Santinho, Ingleses and Moçambique, it costs R$ 7.00.



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Weather in Florianópolis:

Florianópolis has the climatic characteristics inherent in the south-Brazilian coast. The seasons are well characterized, with well defined summer and winter, being fall and spring very similar seasons. The city is the third coldest capital of the country, only behind Curitiba and Porto Alegre. The island of Santa Catarina is much influenced by winds, mainly the ones from the South quadrant that are usually colder and drier, which makes wind chill in winter usually be lower than the recorded minimum temperatures.



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