Top Choice Nature 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 its amusements: the bondinho, an Italian-built cable-car system that connects three stations betwee…
Top Choice Museum in Joinville

Museu Nacional da Imigração e Colonização

In an elegant palace dating from 1870, this museum documents the history of immigration to Santa Catarina. The impressive stand of palms along Alameda das Palmeiras will lead you there.
Top Choice Museum in Florianópolis

Museu Histórico de Santa Catarina

Formerly the colonial governor’s palace, this gorgeous must-see building boasts ornate parquetry floors and extravagant 19th-century ceilings.
Beach in Florianópolis

Praia da Rosa

Santa Catarina's swankiest seaside town, Praia da Rosa, has two main attractions: a set of stunning, nearly pristine beaches and a sophisticated, eco-aware population. Oh, and many opportunities for surfing. In wint…
Beach in Balneário Camboriú


Praia Laranjeiras, the busiest and closest beach to town, and six beaches extending south along the Costa Brava have crystalline waters and views of forested hills in the background. Four kilometers north, on the ro…
Museum in Blumenau

Museu de Família Colonial

Learn about Blumenau’s beginnings in this group of houses that were occupied by the city’s founder, Herman Bruno Otto Blumenau, in the 1850s. His daughter’s cat cemetery – where lies interred Pepito, Mirko, Bum, Put…
Area in Blumenau

Parque Vila Germânica

Blumenau’s major festivals are held at Parque Vila Germânica, part huge convention hall, part kitschy Alpine village, which is worth a look-see even when events aren't on as there are several good restaurants, bars,…
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, now a Havan department store, a replica of the city hall of Michelstadt, Germany.
Historic Building in Florianópolis

Casa da Alfândega

Floripa's best surviving neoclassic building is its 1875 Customs House, which today houses a fine artisan gallery and the offices of IPHAN (Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage).
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.