Florianópolis, or 'Floripa' as it is affectionately known, is a city which straddles the mainland and the island of Santa Catarina.
The city's colonial part has cobbled streets and colonial architecture, as well as a historical museum, a cathedral and the Mercado Municipal, which is not to be missed for its delicious local fruits and products.
However, the main reason to come here is the area's magnificent beaches which are easily accessible from the city center. They are popular for sun seekers (especially in January and February when the area does become busy) and surfers alike.
Many of the beaches however are isolated and therefore relatively deserted.
Down the coast from Florianópolis on the mainland is Praia da Rosa: it is whale-watching season here from July to October as it is at this time that southern right whales breed in the bay.
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