Guide to Florianopolis

Guide to... Florianopolis

Brazil Meets California

Overview Where to Stay What to Do Getting There & Around Climate & Weather

Guide to Florianopolis: Style & Surfing

With its balmy climate, beautiful beaches and burgeoning IT sector, it's no surprise that Florianopolis attracts everyone from startup millionaires to professional surfers: welcome to the California of Brazil!

Right down in the south of Brazil, Florianopolis consists of one main island (Santa Catarina), part of the mainland and many smaller surrounding islands. The city has garnered many accolades with Brazilian magazine Veja calling it "the best place to live in Brazil" and Newsweek including it in its list of the "top ten most dynamic cities in the world".

With some of Brazil's best beaches, some great nightlife, and the best surfing in South America, although Florianopolis isn't well-known outside of Brazil, perhaps it should be...