Florianopólis is the main capital on the Island of Santa Catarina district in Brazil with a population of around half a million people. The history of the city dates back to the Tupi people who were Carijós Indians to a staggering 4,000 years ago through archaeology. The Indians used to call it the Meiembipe, which translated means “Mountain along the channel”.
Although Florianopolis’ economy is largely dependent on commerce the city has a great influence in tourism as it is located on an island surrounded by some pristine white sandy beaches making it a great holiday spot if you want both the city and beach life combined into one. There are also a number of historic sites from the original Azorean colonists to the famous Saõ José Fortress that attracts visitors in droves.
The Island is connected by three bridges with the most notable and famous being the Hercilio Luz Bridge that was built over 70 years ago and looks absolutely amazing at night when lit up.
There are so many beaches to choose from in Florianopolis it is mind-boggling. The best to visit include Ingleses Beach for mingling with tourists, Armação beach for fishing and Joaquina Beach that is famous all the world around for surfing. Joaquina beach is definitely a must visit place for any surfer as it won fame in the 1970’s and it is also a great tourist place to rent a surfboard and give surfing a go.
The main city of Florianopolis also has you covered for non-stop action. There are plenty of sight seeing places like museums, art galleries, markets and shopping districts. At night the city is alive with heaps of clubs bars and cafes to keep you endlessly amused to the very early hours of the morning.
For nature lovers the best place to see is Santinho Beach well known for its paradisiacal beauty and tranquillity. This place also makes the perfect place to visit for a relaxing picnic by the beach.
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