Floripa: The Magic Island

Travelbaby

Floripa: The Magic Island

The honeymoon destination you can experience on a budget

If you heard about Florianopolis, you probably did while scrolling through Daily Mail catching a glance of Alexandra Ambrósio partying on a beautiful beach. But that’s the north part of the island. If you want the tranquil surf vibe, yet with the honeymoon scenery – welcome to the south of Florianopolis.

EAT

Brazil’s most famous bowl: Acai Bowl – get it at Praia Campeche and in Lagoa da Conceicao   

La Cave  – gourmet restaurant in the city center. Excellent, experimental tapas. 

Santa Figueira in Ribeirâo da – thai food and cocktails 

Porto do Contrato in Ribeirâo da Ilha  – great seafood   

Sushi at Kanpai Sushi 

florianopolis-article2

DRINK   

Latte at The Family Coffee Shop  

Great ice coffee and brunch at Café Cultura   

Sucos (fresh juice) and coconuts at the beach – Florianopolis has so much great, fresh fruit, and the avocado is bigger than anywhere I’ve ever been!  

Cocktails at Santa Figueira in Ribeirâo da Ilha  

florianopolis-article1

DO 

Surfing, surfing, surfing – contact the guys at Praia Campeche/Praia Môle for lessons and boards, or send Filipe Kita a message 

Day trip to Campeche Island  – boat from Praia Campeche at 9am on weekdays (be early to avoid too many tourists). Imagine the movie “The Beach” – so beautiful   

Dunas de Joaquina at sunset – it’s like being in the desert. You can also sand board down the dunes here  

Read & Explore: Travel treasures

florianopolis-article5

Stroll around in Lagoa da Conceicao   – two beautiful lakes here, you can go for a hike or rent a bike. A lot of bikini stores – you are in Brazil, the land of beautiful bikinis. A must to buy at least one! 

Visit the surf wear designer Paulina Sabioncello in Lagoa da Conceicao and get a tailor made surf suit – she let’s you pick from her own fabrics and designs (takes about one week)   

Mirante da Praia Môle – view of the two lakes in Lagoa da Conceicao   

Sunrise at Praia Campeche 

 

DANCE  

Both center and north of Florianopolis is great to go out to party. North of the island is famous for big clubs and beach bars and rich, jetsetters, like Alexandra Ambrósio When you stay in Campeche and like it a bit lowkey, Lagoa da Conceicao is the perfect place to go out.  

Mustafa for hip hop-nights (usually Fridays)  – live rap-concert, cool location and crowd  

Malam on Saturdays  – cool, eclectic club where you can dance until sunrise (super crowded)  

florianopolis-article3

TAN   

Praia Campeche  – amazing, huge beach, not so crowded, but windy. Kite surfing is a big thing here! The surfing conditions are good, but you should be more advanced because the current is strong and waves can be pretty big.   

Praia Joaquina  – more crowded, some restaurants and bars. Often beach parties and surf contests.   

Praia Môle  – party beach and surfing for all levels 

florianopolis-article6

STAY  

Otavia’s home in Campeche, Airbnb 

You can choose between her two houses. One of them is close by her family, perfect for two people, about 10 minuets walking to the beach. The other one is bigger and you have more space to yourself.  

 

Worth mentioning about going to Florianopolis:

This island is known for having a lot of rich tourists from main cities in Brazil, as well as from the rest of the world. It’s also a well-known honeymoon destination, so to avoid the most expensive parts, stay in Campeche or further south. Here you get the tranquil surfer vibe, and you can rent a car to drive to other parts of the island. You save a lot of money, but you get the same mind blowing experiences of this magical island.  

 

 

Rihanna’s Caribbean Paradise

Travelbaby

Rihanna's Caribbean Paradise

Surf and Reggae vibes in Barabdos

Costa Rica: Surf in Natures Paradise

Travelbaby

Costa Rica: Surf in Natures Paradise

Playa Grande, Guanacaste is an all-year travel destination

Once In A Lifetime – AfrikaBurn 2018

Travelbaby

Once In A Lifetime – AfrikaBurn 2018

It is hard to explain the magic that's created here every year

Paris, You Are One Of A Kind

Travelbaby

Paris, You Are One Of A Kind

A little romance never killed nobody