Destination guide

Just swell—a waterfront haven for travelers and locals alike

Situated just off the Brazilian coast and comprised mostly of the 34-mile Santa Catarina Island, the city of Florianopolis serves as the capital of the State of Santa Catarina. As soon as you arrive, you'll see why this spot is so famous for its beautiful beaches. Most notable is the popular resort area of Praia dos Ingleses, nestled at the island's northern tip and well worth your time. Browse Florianopolis vacation rentals on the coast, and find out with this is one of the country's most beloved coastal escapes — by travelers and locals alike.

Things to do

In with the old and new—a modern city packed with history

You can expect a modern experience in the heart of Florianopolis, complete with large shopping malls, upscale eateries, and glam bars and nightclubs. But this doesn't mean you won't find tons of history, too. Florianopolis has an up-and-coming arts scene, which you can experience firsthand at the Santa Catarina Art Museum. Or dive into the local art history at the Victor Meirelles Museum, former home to this beloved Brazilian Artist. The Museum of Man of Sambaqui explores the natural history of the island, while the Palacio Cruz e Sousa focuses on local history.

Activities

From water sports to window-shopping in fab Florianopolis

Given its coastal positioning, most visitors spend their time in Florianopolis enjoying the beaches and partaking in watersports. Head to Lagoa da Conceicao, a stunning saltwater lagoon, for a day of windsurfing and boating. Further south, you'll find more secluded spots for surfing and sunbathing practically solo. If you're considering Florianopolis vacation rentals on Santa Catarina Island, plan to drive across the Pedro Ivo Campos Bridge—the scenic landmark connects the island to a mainland commercial district where you can partake in shopping, nightlife, and an excellent dining scene.

Weather

There's a reason people say to head south for the winter

Through the city, but particularly along Florianopolis's northern coast, you can expect a surge of travelers in the summer months, which are December to March in the Southern Hemisphere. Naturally, this also means higher prices, so plan accordingly as you budget and browse Florianopolis vacation rentals. Alternatively, crowds may dwindle and prices may drop as you get closer to September, which is the region's rainy season. April, which kicks off fall in Brazil, has the added bonus of being the technical off-season, but also marks the beginning of Florianopolis's dry season.

Natural features

Beaches to suit every need (and swimsuit)

With so many beaches around the island, there's something for all interests. In the north are busy, bustling resorts, and to the east, along the Baia Norte, you'll find some of the best waves in the country. Heading south, the surf culture continues, but the beaches become quiet and unspoiled, with a rugged natural beauty and some that can only be reached by trail. Visit the Lagoa da Conceicao, a saltwater lagoon with high winds, making it a great spot for windsurfing. Alternatively, Peri Lagoon is a quiet respite, ideal for nature walks and birdwatching.

How to get there

How to get to and around Florianopolis

Fly into Florianopolis (FLN-Hercilio Luz Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Florianópolis?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,387 vacation rentals near Florianópolis. From 866 Houses to 1,292 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Florianópolis for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Florianópolis?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Florianópolis:

  • Ingleses Sul: 273 vacation rentals
  • Jurerê Internacional: 278 vacation rentals
  • Canasvieiras: 264 vacation rentals
  • Ingleses Norte: 432 vacation rentals
  • Campeche Norte: 134 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Florianópolis?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Florianópolis. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Floripa Shopping Center: 2,278 vacation rentals
  • Beiramar Shopping Center: 2,306 vacation rentals
  • Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa: 2,559 vacation rentals
  • Rosario Steps: 2,299 vacation rentals
  • Barra da Lagoa Beach: 2,260 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Florianópolis listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Florianópolis?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 866 Houses in Florianópolis. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Florianópolis include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,292 rentals available
  • Villas: 27 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 12 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Florianópolis?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 982 vacation rentals with pool available in Florianópolis. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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