Florianopolis Port is located on Santa Catarina Island, Brazil. The place is more popularly known as Floripa; Florianopolis is a Portuguese term. Half of Floripa lies in the mainland of Brazil while the other half lies on the island of Santa Catarina. Floripa has always been a favorite vacation destination because of its lovely beaches, magnificent views, interesting culture and hospitable people. It is also popular because of the surrounding islands and the 42 superb beaches around it.
Shopping can be done in any of the four major shopping centers in Floripa. These are Floripa Shopping Center, Shopping Beiramar, Shopping Itaguacu and Iguatemi Florianapolis.
Floripa Shopping Center has 160 shops with eight movie houses. In Shopping Beiramar, you will find about 200 shops while Shopping Itaguacu has 180 shops with seven movie houses. You can also go to Iguatemi Florianopolis which was recently opened with 330 shops. With these four shopping centers, you will be able to get the best products from the island from crafts, artwork, shirts, designer clothes, decorative and ornamental items and any kind of souvenir.
Things to See
Florianopolis is a very busy place and there are many things to do and see. It is an ideal place to just stroll and walk because of its climate and friendly people. The first attraction that you will see is the covered market sitting on the bay front which was already there since 1898.
Stroll around the Praca 15 de Novembro and see The Catedral Metropolitana where you can also find various handicrafts that local artisans are selling.
Walk a few steps and you will find the former governor’s house, Palacio Cruz e Souza where Museu Historico de Santa Catarina is housed. Displays of neoclassical art, furniture and décor reflecting Brazil's history can be viewed.
Also, with the 42 attractive beaches in Florianopolis, you can enjoy activities such as paragliding, scuba-diving, surfing, sand boarding, trekking and windsurfing. You can go to the two popular and best beaches for surfing. These are Praia Mole and Galheta. Or, you can go to Joaquina where international surfing competitions are held.
Restaurant and Bars
When it comes to gastronomy, a never ending selection of food, drinks, restaurants and bars will surprise you in Florianopolis. You can try Pier 54 which offers a wide range of healthy choices with their local ingredients and 250 choices of wine.
If you want a superb dining with romantic ambience, Bistrô Isadora Duncan is the place to go. You can try their green leafy salads or fillet mignon. Also, wines and liquor are available to be served at the beach front bistro.
You can also have a quick bite by trying the well known “per kilo” buffets in dining establishments at the downtown area There are many restaurant choices within the area. There are choices of fruits and salads and fresh juices that are bound to satisfy your appetite.
At the end of the day, step into Confraria das Artes located at Lagoa De Conceicao and enjoy the setting of their nightclub and bar.