Pack your bags and get ready to feel the rhythm of samba. As nice as it is to surf your local spot, it’s always a surfers’ dream to explore new locations and hunt down the best waves. Florianópolis (aka “Floripa”) is the second largest city of Santa Catarina state located in beautiful Brazil. This surf destination offers a taste of more than 40 different beach locations to suit all types of surfers and personalities. The New York Times even called Florianópolis: “The Place to Be” in 2009. Let us explain why…
In Floripa, you can choose from either secret breaks or plentiful beaches filled with beautiful people and Brazilian culture. The city covers an extensive coastline and receives year-round swell that typically decreases from November to February (summer).
The best times of the year for surfing are from early March to late May, and late September to early November. Many beaches in Floripa serve as an oasis of consistent barrels for those looking to spend some time in the green room. However, if you’re a more experienced surfer, it’s recommended to use a highly trained surf guide to take you to breaks not accessible by cars as long as you have brushed up on your Portuguese to get the local insider’s guide.
It doesn’t get much better than spending the day surfing endless waves, refueling with delicious local grub and hitting the famous nightlife of Florianópolis. You might even want to leave South America with a surfboard of your own from one of Brazil’s top board manufacturers, Tropical Brasil, located 15 minutes from Praia Mole Beach.
Rich in culture, friendly people and gorgeous scenery, the streets of Floripa are filled with the sounds of samba, traditional dancing and delicious food. The iconic location was recently noted by Brazilian weekly Veja as “The Best Place to Live in Brazil,” enveloping a perfect mixture of modern city, old colonial fortresses and substantial markets. Here you will find some of the most relaxed bars, hottest clubs and luxurious restaurants like El Divino Lounge or Cafe Cultura.
Make sure to add Florianópolis to your list of surf vacations to experience Brazilian culture and epic surf!
And don’t forget to check out Brazilian surf artist Daniel Bota who captures the complex and fluid movements of surfers in a uniquely artistic fashion.