While many people flock to Lagoa da Conceição for its nightlife, Centro has a few hot spots too, along with the Via Gastronômica on the mainland in Coqueiros.

Gay Flor-ee

Floripa is Brazil’s second gay capital – everything is gay-friendly. As one local put it, 'The whole island is very, very gay – even the country bars draw big numbers of gays!' Its Pride celebration, Parada da Diversidade, has grown into one of Brazil’s biggest and draws over 100,000 revelers annually. Check out Guia Gay Floripa (www.guiagayfloripa.com.br). Popular GLS (Gays, Lesbians and Sympathetics) hot spots of the moment include Jivago Social Club and, skewing younger, 1007 Floripa. And, of course, the trashier Concorde Club remains a hardcore standby. In summer, Bar do Deca at Praia Mole is teeming with beautiful people.

For LGBTQ travel adventures (surfing, trekking etc) around Florianópolis and the Santa Catarina coast, Brazil Ecojourneys runs highly recommended trips and an annual surf camp.