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Florianopolis (Portuguese: Florianópolis) is the capital of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. Half of the city is located on the mainland of Brazil while the other half is on the Santa Catarina Island. It has some of Brazil's most beautiful beaches.
It is formed by an ocean island of 43,650 km² (54 kilometres by 18 kilometres) and a small peninsula on the mainland, with 1,210 km². It is situated in southern Brazil between the parallels 27 20' and 27 51' latitude south and between the meridians 48 20' and 48 35' longitude west. Three bridges link the island to the continent but at the present Hercílio Luz Bridge, a landmark of the city, is closed for repairs. It is possible it will open in the future for pedestrians and cyclists. Recently Florianopolis has became one of the most popular destinations in Brazil for people who are looking for superb beaches, beautiful scenery, interesting culture and friendly people. It has also experienced a real estate boom, with Brazilians, especially from the states of São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul states, looking for a better quality of life away from the chaos of the big cities. It has currently has an a estimated population of 360,000 people.
The city of Florianopolis is quite modern, with shopping malls, chain and high-end restaurants and many glamorous nightclubs. The highway system serving the city is very good.
The northern beach resorts Jurerê, Daniela, Canasvieiras, Brava and Ingleses get very busy during the summer and there are plenty of hotels, restaurants and other conveniences for the tourist. Eastern beaches, like Joaquina, Mole and Moçambique are among the best surfing beaches and popular with young people. Beaches heading south include Campeche, Armação and Morro das Pedras, which are all very beautiful and also good for surfing. Isolated and unspoilt beaches, like Lagoinha do Leste and Naufragados can be found at the southern end of the island and can only be reached by trail. The Lagoa da Conceição lagoon is a famous natural attraction, and the centrepiece of the island - sports, cuisine and entertainment are first class! Peri lagoon is quieter and great for nature walks. The Lagoa da Conceição lagoon is relatively shallow, with high winds making it a world-class location for windsurfing.
Forts were constructed as early as 1739, the forts served to protect the city from possible Spanish attacks.
Ribeirão da Ilha is about 36 kilometres from the center. This old district of Florianopolis is a testament to Azorean immigration. Its historic center, in Frequesia, has a plaza which contains the Igreja Nossa Senhora da Lapa do Ribeirão (church), and the Ethnological Museam which houses documents and relics from the region's history.
Florianópolis experiences a humid subtropical climate. The seasons of the year are distinct, with a well-defined summer and winter, and characteristic weather for fall and spring. Frost is infrequent, but occurs occasionally in the winter. Due to the proximity of the sea, the relative humidity of the atmosphere is 80% on average. On average of the maximum temperatures of the hottest month varies from 26 °C to 31 °C and on average of the minimum temperatures are from 7.5 °C to 12 °C. The lowest temperature ever recorded was -2 °C, in 1975.
|Avg Max||28 °C||28.4 °C||27.5 °C||25.4 °C||23 °C||20.9 °C||20.4 °C||20.7 °C||21.2 °C||22.9 °C||24.8 °C||26.6 °C|
|Avg Min||21.4 °C||21.8 °C||20.7 °C||18.3 °C||15.6 °C||13.4 °C||13.3 °C||14 °C||15.1 °C||16.9 °C||18.6 °C||20.3 °C|
|Rainfall||176.2 mm||197.7 mm||186.3 mm||96.6 mm||96.9 mm||75.2 mm||94.6 mm||92.5 mm||126.8 mm||126 mm||129.1 mm||146.2 mm|
Hercílio Luz International Airport (FLN) - Av. Diomício Freitas, 3393. (48) 3331-4000 (fax:(48) 3331-4111), is located 12 kilometres from the city centre. Gol flies to/from Belo Horizonte, Buenos Aires, Chapecó, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, TAM offers roughly the same services, and flights to Campinas. Several other airlines fly to mostly these destinations as well, and to a few other cities like Punta del Este, Montevideo and Santiago de Chile.
Rodoviaria, Av. Paulo Fontes, 1101 (48) 3212-3100. In the city centre. It links Florianopolis City to the main Brazilian cities and to most of the cities in Santa Catarina state. The main bus companies operating in Florianopolis are Catarinense, Reunidas, Santo Anjo and Eucatur.
You can get to Florianopolis from Foz do Iguacu for R$115 to R$150. The night trip takes around 16 hours.
You should use the Route BR-101 (cross Brazil from north to south), the entrance to Florianopolis will be at kilometer 206, from there read the signs and get the express route BR-282 which leads to Florianopolis
Most people in Florianopolis need a car to explore all the beaches and interesting spots. There are car rentals on the island but renting can be expensive as well, however it is well worthwhile since it makes exploring much simple and faster.
From the city, dozens of buses go to all the beaches on the island. But the bus system has drawbacks since you now need to transfer at terminals to get around. The cost can be high as well and taking the bus can be very time consuming. There is an executive yellow bus that goes to centro from different beach cities and it is R4.50 each way and is direct.
|Albergue do Pirata||Rua Rozalia P. Ferreira 4973||Hostel||-|
|Backpackers Share House Floripa||Servido da Prainha, 29 Barra da Lagoa||HOSTEL||84|
|Backpackers Sunset||Rodovia Jornailista Manoel Menezes, 631 Praia Mole||HOSTEL||85|
|Casa Brasil Hostel||Rua Antonio da Silveira 130 Lagoa da Conceicao||Hostel||-|
|Hi Adventure||Rua Sotero Jose Faria 610||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Portunhol||Rua Armando Jos Afonso 65 Barra da Lagoa||HOSTEL||87|
|Hostel/ Albergue Estrelas no Mar||Praia do Pantano do Sul Sul da Ilha||Hostel||88|
|Residencial Sol e Mar de Floripa||Rua Antonio Heil, 212 Canasvieiras||HOTEL||-|
|Lagoa Hostel||R. Jose Henrique Veras, 469 Lagoa da Conceicao||Hostel||-|
|Portolagoa Studio||Rua Laurindo Januário da Silveira, 5320 - Lagoa da||Apartment||-|
|Pousada e Hostel Ancora||Rua Altamiro Barcelos dutra 337 Barra da lagoa||Hostel||94|
|Pousada do Atoba||Servidão do Ipê 146 Praia do Santinho||Guesthouse||86|
|Pousada dos Corais||Caminho das Índias,82 Barra da Lagoa, Florianópolis||Guesthouse||94|
|Pousada Ilha Morena||Rua da Leia 55 Santinho||Hotel||-|
|Pousada Mar do Leste||Rua Dorvalina Carolina Florindo, 37 Barra da Lagoa||Hotel||-|
|Pousada Pouso do Marujo||Rod. Joao Gulaberto Soares,17421 Barra da Lagoa SC||Guesthouse||92|
|Pousada Sítio dos Tucanos||Estrade Rosalia Paulina Ferreira, 2776||Guesthouse||-|
|Pousada Vila Tamarindo Inn||Av Campeche 1836||Guesthouse||-|
|Studio Formana||Rod. J. Manoel de Menezes, 192, Florianópolis-SC||Guesthouse||91|
|Tucano House Backpackers||Rua das Araras,229 Lagoa da Conceicao||Hostel||-|
|Barra Beach Club||Servidao da Prainha, 122 Barra da Lagoa||Hostel||90|
|Retro House||Av. Antonio Borges dos Santos n. 30 Armação-Pantano do Sul||Hostel||84|
|Submarino Hostel||Travessa Angela Chaves, 121 Lagoa da Conceio||HOSTEL||89|
|Janela de Marcia Bed and Breakfast||Rua Doutor Alfredo Daura Jorge, 131||Guesthouse||-|
|Floriparadise Backpackers Hostel||Av. Luiz Boiteux Piazza, 5076 - Cachoeira do Bom J||Hostel||-|
|Chal Guarapuvu||Rua Joo Henrique Gonalves, 2015 Lagoa da Conceio||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pousada José Menino Guesthouse||Barra da Lagoa beach Tomaz Ramos Street 112||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Way2go||Rua Rita Lourenco da Silveira, 139 Lagoa da Conceicao||Hostel||83|
|Canto das Pedras||Rod. Baldicero Filomeno, 9690||Guesthouse||-|
|433 Backpacker Hostel||Av. Prefeito Acácio Garibaldi S Thiago, 433 - Lago||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Sao Sebastiao||Av. Campeche, 1373||Hotel||-|
|Banana Beach Hostel||servidao da prainha 20,Florianopolis||HOSTEL||-|
|Pousada Quinta da Margem||Serv.Rafael da Rocha Linhares Jr 118 Barra da Lagoa||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Campeche Hostel||Servidao Jaborandi, 482 Campeche||HOSTEL||87|
|Che Lagarto hostel Florianopolis||Av Prefeito Acacio Garibaldi S Thiago, 300||HOSTEL||85|
|Hibisco Hostel||Rua Joao Antonio da Silveira 34||Hostel||-|
|Backpackers Rota do Sol||Rua Henrique Veras do Nascimento, 255 Lagoa da Conceicao||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Vila do Sol Campeche||Rua Servidao Paulo Vieira, 236 Campeche||HOSTEL||-|
|Pousada Natur Campeche||Servidao Familia Nunes,59 Praia do Campeche||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Natur Campeche||Av. Pequeno Príncipe, 2196||Hotel||-|
|HI Floripa Hostel Barra da Lagoa||Rua Inelzir Bauer Bertoli, s/nº - Barra da Lagoa||HOSTEL||87|
|Pousada Praia Campeche||Rua Lomba do Sabao, 175 Campeche||Guesthouse||-|
|HI Hostel Canasvieiras||Rua Dr Joao Oliveira, 517||Hostel||87|
|Hilltop Florianopolis||Caminho da Prainha Barra da Lagoa||Hostel||-|
|Recanto das Jabuticabeiras||Rua Inario Joaquim da Silva, 86||APARTMENT||-|
|Moa Backpackers||Rua Altamiro Barcelos Dutra,1124 Barra da Lagoa||Hostel||-|
|Gold Coast Hostel Florianopolis||R. Vereador Osni Ortiga, 213 Lagoa da Conceicao||Guesthouse||-|
|The View Hostel||Jornalista Manoel de Menezes, 774 Praia Mole||HOSTEL||89|
|Panorama Hostel EcoBackpackers||Rua Joo Pacheco da Costa, 640 Lagoa da Conceio||HOSTEL||88|
|GreenHouse Hostel||Pau de Canela, 450 Campeche - Rio Tavares||Hostel||87|
|Floripa Surf Camp Hostel||Av: Das Rendeiras n 636 Lagoa da Conceicao||Hostel||85|
|Macacos House||Rua Nelson L Santos, 500 - Vargem Grande||HOSTEL||-|
|Floripa Home Hostel||Manoel Jorge de Oliveira,95 FORTALEZA da Barra Barra da Lagoa||Hostel||-|
|Floripa Surf Hostel||Rua Carijos do Sul, 190 Servidao Ieda Maria Luz da Costa||HOSTEL||88|
|HI Floripa Hostel Centro||Rua Duarte Schuttel, 227, Centro, Florianopolis SC||HOSTEL||81|
|Otter Hostel||Estrada Geral da Lagoa do Peri, S/N Armacao do Pantano do Sul||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Energia da Lagoa||Avenida das Rendeiras, 1118||HOSTEL||-|
|Sunhouse Backpackers||Rua Altenor Vieira 377 Lagoa da Conceicao||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Energia da Barra||36 Servidão da Prainha||Hostel||-|
|Pousada TonaPraia||Srv. do Cravo Branco,333||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Moa Backpackers - Campeche||Rua Caminho do Engenho (Julia Maria da Rocha) N° 4 - Campeche - Rio Tavares||HOSTEL||87|
|Floripa Surf Camp e Hostel||Av. das rendeiras 636 florianopolis Santa catarina||Hostel||-|
|Castelmar Hotel||Rua Felipe Schmidt, 1260||HOTEL||-|
|Bagus Beach Hostel||Srv. Recando das Araponga 328, Campeche||HOSTEL||-|
|Brisamar Suite Hotel||Av Mar. Max Schramm, 3888||HOTEL||-|
|Bells Company Hostel - The Pubstel||Av.Antônio Borges dos Santos, 737 - Praia da Armacao||HOSTEL||-|
|Sarau Hostel||R. Sabino Anisio da Silveira, 450 Campeche||HOSTEL||-|
|Garapuvu Hostel||Rua Vereador Osni Ortiga 3010, casa 3||HOSTEL||86|
|Pousada Utopia||Rua Apostolo Pascoal, 941 Canasvieiras||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Romanticos Chales Ponta das Canas||Av Luiz Boiteux Piazza, 5880 North of Island||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pousada Aconchego da Magia||Rua Servidao da Magia, 22 Porto da Lagoa||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pousada Lagoa do Sol||Av das Rendeiras, 1046||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Floripa Key||Servidao Odorico Miguel da Costa, 94, Campeche||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Encanto da Barra||Servidao da Prainha, 54 Barra da Lagoa||APARTMENT||-|
|Sunset Strip Resort||Servidão da Prainha 300||APARTMENT||-|
|Green Mountain Pousada||Serv. Tomaz Jose Oliveira, 2 Rio Vermelho||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casa dos Acores Cama e Cafe||Rua Laudelino Prazeres de Oliveira, 272 Acores||HOSTEL||-|
|Pousada Recanto dos Artistas||Servidao Joao Manoel Vieira, 200||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Karaguashouse||Srv. Sotero Jose Farias, 240||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.
See also International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.
Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.
Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.
Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.
Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.
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