Top ChoiceBeach in Campeche

Praia do Campeche

The 3.5km Praia do Campeche is one of Floripa's five-star beaches, an absolute stunner of sun-kissed perfection with wind conditions lending themselves to fantastic surfing and kitesurfing. Desolate dunes and...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Balneário Camboriú

Parque Unipraias

Camboriú's pride and joy is this six-hectare urban reserve. In addition to 500m of walking trails, the real coup is the amusements, which are sold separately or as a combo ticket: the bondinho, said to be the...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Joinville

Mirante de Joinville

To get a stupendous 360-degree panorama of Joinville and the Baía da Babitonga, head to the city's 250m-high viewpoint. The lookout, at the top of Morro de Boa Vista, is closed to private cars and accessible only...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Lagoa da Conceição

Mirante da Lagoa da Conceição

The postcard view of Lagoa da Conceição awaits at this must-stop lookout, which frames both sides of the lagoon, the dunes of Joaquina and beyond.

Beach in Praia Mole & Praia da Joaquina

Praia Mole

This is one of the East Island's best and most secluded beaches. It's hidden from SC-406 and accessed by a small trail. The northern end is very popular with the LGBT+ community.

Beach in Praia dos Ingleses & Praia do Santinho

Praia do Santinho

Santinho is the north island’s best surfing beach, acclaimed for its consistent waves and uncrowded conditions.

Museum in Joinville

Instituto Juarez Machado

Joinville's own Juarez Machado gets his due in this new museum dedicated to his fantastic realism and figuratism paintings. Machado, who divides his time between here, Rio and Paris, leaves the eyes out of his...

Nature Reserve in Armação

Parque Municipal Lagoa da Peri

Lesser known and less visited than Lagoa da Conceição, Parque Municipal Lagoa da Peri has wonderful opportunities for swimming and hiking (as well as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) in summer) and...

Amusement Park in Santa Catarina

Beto Carrero World

Latin America's biggest amusement park. Attractions are divided among nine themed areas and include plenty of high-adrenaline roller coasters (such as the FireWhip, which reaches speeds of nearly 100km per hour)...

Area in Blumenau

Parque Vila Germânica

Blumenau’s festivals are held at Parque Vila Germânica, part convention hall, part kitschy Alpine village. There are several good bar/restaurants (Bier Vila), gourmet shops and a whole lot of lederhosen. To get...

Market in Centro & the Mainland

Mercado Público

Floripa's historic public market bolted out of a huge refurbishment in 2015 with an improved look. It houses numerous bars and restaurants in addition to a wealth of shops; the festive food court is a superb spot...

Church in Ribeirão da Ilha

Igreja NS da Lapa do Riberão

Dating back to 1806, this intimate baroque-inspired church was restored on order from Emperor Dom Pedro II himself, who visited in 1845 and coughed up R$400,000 to get the job done. The ceiling is adorned with...

Landmark in Balneário Camboriú

Cristo Luz Statue

The 33m Cristo Luz statue holds a sombrero from which a spotlight illuminates the city at night, sometimes in streaming colors. During summer, live music is often staged from 7pm.

Area in Blumenau

Rua XV Novembro

Rua XV Novembro is home to the city’s best examples of Germanic architecture, including the Castelinho da XV, a replica of the city hall of Michelstadt, Germany, and now a Havan department store.

Beach in Praia da Lagoinha & Praia Brava

Praia da Lagoinha

In the extreme north of the island, pretty Praia da Lagoinha is still home to a traditional fishing colony and calm, shallow seas that form an elongated crescent beach.

Beach in Praia Mole & Praia da Joaquina

Praia da Joaquina

Joaquina Beach, backed by massive dunes, has 3km of sun-toasted sand and several restaurants serving food on the beach. On the beach's northeast end is a series of rocks that's popular for photo shoots.

Beach in Praia da Lagoinha & Praia Brava

Praia Brava

Praia Brava is a pretty patch of sand bordered by upscale condominiums some 400m back from the beach. It has wilder waves that attracts a steady stream of surfers and beautiful people in summer.