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Floripa Cabana: 'Sometimes life is hard, but the beach is always soft'

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About the property

Modern & Spacious Studio Apartment; A/C, Free Wi-Fi, walk to beach....

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The cabana is presently occupied by family members until further notice!

The “cabana” is actually a spacious studio apartment, situated behind a private home; a well-appointed, comfortable, and tranquil environment, to use as your personal retreat while you explore the island and its environs.

The decor is modern and casual. Original Brazilian, Balinese, and Peruvian artwork enhance the space, as do tall and wide sliding glass doors, which invite the outside in, even when closed.

The cabana contains all the modern amenities the discriminating traveler hopes to find when traveling abroad, including whisper-quiet ceiling fans for air circulation on temperate days. Should you feel it's too hot for only fans, the cabana has a powerful (and quiet) air-conditioner to keep you cool.

The cabana is for adults only. Age verification is required, to confirm a reservation. The person signing the rental agreement must be at least 30 years of age. Smoking is not permitted.


The nearby beaches... Praia Moçambique: One of the best beaches on the island is Praia Moçambique (praia is the Portuguese word for beach). Moçambique is a 14 kilometer/8 mile crescent stretch of pristine sand, with no development whatsoever. Floripa Cabana is within a few minutes walk from this amazing beach, and the small fishing village of Barra da Lagoa. For those that would like to try some surfing, the waves at Barra are generally considered to be a bunny slope.

Praia Mole: Less than ten minutes away by car, or public bus, is Praia Mole (pronounced Mol-E, meaning 'soft') and Praia Galheta. For the physically fit, you can also walk there from Floripa Cabana in about 30 mins, which will entail hiking up a steep hill (so easier on the return). Praia Mole is the 'scene' beach. It is the playground for gals in dental-floss bikinis, and guys with six-packs... the abdominal kind. Your eyes will need some rest after spending the day people-watching here. The surfing at this beach is definitely for the more accomplished!

Praia Galheta is a short distance from Mole, and can only be reached by a narrow foot trail. It is a moderate walk of exertion level, and very scenic. Praia Galheta is the officially sanctioned nude beach on the island. Contrary to what many people often believe, Brazilian women do NOT go topless on public beaches, and it's recommended women visiting from other countries follow their lead. However, at Galheta, 'birthday suits' are welcome, so topless is certainly fine for women at this beach. Galheta is quite popular with the GLS community too. Yet not everyone on this beach is a nudist, or part of the GLS crowd. Surfers and fishermen also frequent this spot on occasion. A live/let live attitude prevails, and everyone is doing their own thing, enjoying the sun, sand, and sea.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, portuguese, Can read basic French and Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
September 3, 2014


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Floripa Cabana: 'Sometimes life is hard, but the beach is always soft'
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Houston, Texas

We can't wait to visit again!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Floripa was AMAZING to say the least and our stay in Floripa Cabana made it that much better. Conveniently nestled in beautiful tranquil Barra da Lagoa, the Cabana was just a 5 minute walk from the now very up and coming Barra da Lagoa Beach which extents to the serene beaches of Mozambique. There are restaurants, city bus stops, and convenient small super markets a short walking distance as well. Of course you can always catch the bus to take a short 10-15 minute drive to the near beaches of Mole, Ghalleta, and Joaquinna with its beautiful sand dunes or head out even further to explore downtown and Jurere/Dos Ingleses beach.

Ted, the owner of the Cabana is a fantastic host. Always keen to our needs, he was 100% there when it came to helping us getting around the island for advice on travel, food, night life, ect. Upon arrival we were welcomed by his friendly and ever so loving dogs, all of which we fell in love with especially "blacky"... he will win you over right away with his happy smile. In our fridge Ted had left us a welcome home starter package with all kids of fruits, red and white wines, cheese, bread, water, juices, beer, and all the goodies that came in handy after traveling a long distance and arriving tired and hungry. Thanks Ted!!!!

The cabana, only a few years old looked as if no one had ever lived in it.... immaculately clean. It was beautifully decorated with detailed interior lighting all over the home, and world artisan decor... Ted made you feel like you were in a 5 star hotel. Extremely attentive he always kept clean fresh towels and linens every 3-4 days like clockwork. There was no need to ever ask anything during our stay... Ted was always on top of things making sure our stay there was as comfortable as possible. He was kind enough to have a bottle of Champaign for us to celebrate our NYE too.

Ted even has a pair of bikes, beach umbrellas, beach towels, all the necessities to help you have a relaxing time during your stay.... all you need is to get there and let yourself be pampered by the beautiful sandy beaches.

Thank you Ted for being such an incredible host, for being a friend. We hope to stay in touch. We wish you much success, health, and Travels!


Virgilio and Liza

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! It's hard not to blush after such a kind and generous review.... Yet so future guests do not arrive with inflated expectations, it should be noted this delightful couple spent both Christmas and New Years at Floripa Cabana, hence the "holiday package" they received, which included complimentary wine and champagne. Yet as other guests have noted in their reviews, some essential refreshments are always provided upon arrival. Virgilio & Liza, YES, please do come again! A wedding anniversary perhaps? Best wishes to you both!!!
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  • 5 of 5

I badly needed to recharge my batteries and Ted's place did just that. Immaculate cottage tastefully decorated and extreamely comfortable. I would go for long walks on the beach or ride a bike in the morning exploring the surrounds and relax on one of the beautifull beaches in the afternoon. The main beach is a hive of activity with little restaurants and shops and watching the wannabee's learning to surf is very entertaining. The Portuguese love their buffet style of eating and is a wonderfull way of sampling their cuisine. Take a litle boat accross the lagoon and for a set price the seafood dishes just keep coming!! Not to be out done in the sushi department, the Boat Club offers Tues nights 'eat as much as you want'. Just have to get there very early as the diners have no intention of hurring through their meal and one could wait for hours. After a week in Baha I was definitely recharged, so with a stunning tan and a micro bikini in my luggage, I regretfully had to make my way home to Cape Town again. Desiree South Africa

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's a delight to know someone not only enjoyed themselves, but that they left in a better, healthier state than when they arrived; recharged and rejuvenated! Just so readers are not confused, the "Baha" Ms. Desiree mentions is the phonetic spelling for Barra. Floripa Cabana is located in the vicinity of the fishing village Barra da Lagoa. So see you again next year Ms. Desiree? Cheers!
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Southern Cal

You must experience the Cabana

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for nearly three weeks, Mid-August through Sept 6. Very relaxing retreat. Soothing colors, ambience perfect for needed a private getaway. Host Mr.Ted was very gracious, pointing out things to do and helping me with the language. The Kitchen is stunning---even a shiny new tea kettle for those us tea lovers. Highly recommend for You if you are looking to relax in off-season or enjoy the vast outdoor and beach fun.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monroeville, New Jersey, USA

Great place and good hospitality......

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay for a couple. The layout and amenities

were fantastic. We had a library of books on Brazil and a good

DVD library to watch at night. The owner Ted really went that extra step to make sure we were comfortable. After a long trip, it was nice to

have fresh food and snacks when we arrived. There was good quality swiss cheese, crackers, 4 different kinds of juice, beer, etc..

The owner also had a good knowledge of the area. He suggested Ponta Das Caranhas for some Moqueca. It was delicious as were the Capirinahs.He also told us of a boat ride to take across Costa da Logoa ($6.40reias per person). On the other side was a waterfall after a 5-10min walk that was beautiful. When walking back there were a few shops and a restaurant called Logoa Azul. We had the Sequencia

de Camarao. It was a seafood meal served family style. It started with

stuffed crab and steamed shrimp. Then it was followed by sauteed

prawns, 3 baked/fried fish filets, a full plate of rice, a full plate of french fries and farafoa, and of course more shrimp (this time fried).

Two days were spent checking out the beaches and towns around

Inglesis. There was a really cheap lunch place (Xis a - Moda Gaucha

Zimmer) that gave us 2 huge sandwiches (6-8"round) with 2 cokes

for about $20 reais. If you go to Inglesis be sure to drive up to Ponta Das Canas. There is a beautiful calm port with a small quaint beach and local fishing/sailing boats moored in the water. Toward the southern end just below the airport is a great area to see oyster &

mussel beds. We observed the local fishermen harvesting the seafood in the morning to be served for lunch/dinner later in the day.

A great friendly place to eat is Restaurante Ostra Da Ihla Ltda in Ribeirao Da Ilha. We had excellent seafood (File De Linguado - a lightly battered fried grouper - 2 filets weighing 1 kg.), with rice, french fries, and farofa. The cost was $85 reais. One place we were not happy with was a small restaurant called Pacai. It is located on the side of the road - I think on 406 near Barra da Logoa. Upon arrival they gave us the "English Menu". They charged us $40 reais for 2 small ham&cheese sandwiches & 2 cokes!

Overall, we were very happy with the advice/info, accomadations that Ted provided. I would highly recommend staying at the Floripa Cabana. It is far better than the "brazilian pousadas" you see for rent.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Coquitlam, B.C., Canada


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for several weeks this winter and had a wonderful time. Ted is an awesome host and ensures his guests are comfortable and well looked after. He provided so much information, even printing off bus schedules and maps for us! The property is great, very clean and well-maintained. I would recommend this property to anyone! The beach, which is so nice, is a short walk away and everything you need to enjoy yourself is provided, chairs, umbrellas, beach towels, etc.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montara, CA

Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

The secret is out! I don't know what else I could add to the previous descriptions of Floripa Cabana and it's setting in Barra da Lagoa, but Ted deserves all of the praise he is given in the reviews. Our experience reflects everything that has been said: top notch amenities, quiet neighborhood within a nice stroll to beaches and shops, absolutely beautiful town and the kindest of hosts. The friendly dogs that shared our patio provided us with an extra sense of security. We were completely comfortable in "our home" for the week and appreciated all of Ted's recommendations and conversation. We feel very fortunate to have experienced this hidden gem.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2010
  • Stayed: Nov 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Car: not necessary

Longitude 48 West - Latitude 27 South is what you’ll want to enter in Google Earth, should you not be certain where exactly is Florianópolis. You’ll be taken to southern Brazil, to an island that shares the same name as the State where it's located.

If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone. Until recently, the island was Brazil’s best kept secret. Yet over the past few years, “Floripa”, as the place is usually called, has received considerable coverage in the International press. Google both names for a list of articles.

Florianópolis is the largest city on the island, but it is actually on the bay side of the island. On the ocean side, you'll find a scattering of humble fishing villages and small beach towns, where the culture of surfing seems to have greatly influenced the laid-back lifestyle. Although the proper name of the island is Santa Catarina, if you say “Floripa” to any Brazilian, they will know you are speaking about an island with 40 different beaches.


Rates & Availability

Barra da Lagoa Studio Rental Rates


  • Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
  • Dec 15-Mar 31 .............................. $119/night (4 night min) Excludes major holidays
    Apr 01-Dec 14 ............................... $ 89/night (4 night min) Excludes other holidays

    Christmas (Dec 22-Dec 27) ............. $149/night (5 night min)
    New Year's Eve (Dec 28-Jan 06) ...... $179/night (6 night min)
    Carnaval (Feb 28-Mar 07, 2014) ....... $159/night (6 night min)

    Other holiday rates ......................... $119/night (4 night min)
    Google 'Feriados Brasil 2013' for a list of national holidays.

    Method of payment is by credit card: Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
    A 50% deposit is required in order to secure your reservation.
    Final payment is due thirty (30) days prior to your arrival.
    Reservations made less than thirty days in advance will require full payment, at time of reservation.
    Check-in is 2pm / Check-out is 10am
    (hours are flexible, depending on previous or pending guests; just ask)
  • Please note: Weekly rate is for seven nights (pay for 6 nights, and the 7th is complimentary). Weekly rate is not valid during major holidays. Taxes, cleaning fee, etc. included. No hidden charges.

    Important! US Citizens must obtain a visa before entering Brazil. Google 'Embassy of Brazil Washington DC' (include quotes) for more information. Citizens of other countries, please check with the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in your country/region about visa requirements for Brazil.
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Barra da Lagoa Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 45 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • forests
  • nude beach
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Before you book your stay, there is a very important caveat emptor.... The courtyard, which separates the main house from the cabana, is the domain of a few lovable canines. If they have a fault, it’s that they are too friendly! Upon your arrival, they will be the most excited, because you are a new face to them. But once they get accustomed to your presence, they will resume their normal routine. Should you wish to have interaction with them, they will certainly take you up on the opportunity to play. Should you not, just ignore them, and they’ll get the message. Each dog was rescued from the street as an abandoned puppy, have been neutered, are well-trained, and are very gentle. Yet it is understood that some people do not like dogs, or may have a phobia about them. If this describes you, it would be best to seek other accommodations.

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