Introduction

The city of Florianopolis, capital of Santa Catarina Estate, is formed by an ocean island of 436,50 km2 (54km by 18km) and a small peninsula on the main land, with 12,10km2.
It is situated in southern Brazil between the parallels 27 20' and 27 51' latitude south and between the meridians 48 20' and 48 35' longitude west. Three bridges link the island to the continent but at the present moment Hercílio Luz Bridge, a landmark of the city, is closed for repairs. It is possible it will open in the future for pedestrians and cyclists.
Over the last years it has became one of the most popular destinations in Brazil, for people who are looking for superb beaches, beautiful scenery, interesting culture and friendly people.
It has currently has an a estimated population of 360 000 people. It has also experienced a real estate boom, where Brazilians - especially from São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul estates - looking for a better quality of life are buying land and building fast.

One hundred beaches surrounding the island, in the nearby islands and on the continent are the greatest attractions during summer. The northern beach resorts Jurerê, Daniela, Canasvieiras, Brava and Ingleses get very busy during the high season and there are plenty of hotels, restaurants, nightlife and other conveniences for the tourists.
Eastern beaches, like Joaquina, Mole and Moçambique are among the best surfing beaches and popular with young people. Beaches heading south include Campeche, Armação and Morro das Pedras, which are all very beautiful and also good for surfing. Isolated and unspoilt beaches, like Lagoinha do Leste and Naufragados can be found at the southern end of the island and can only be reached by trail. The Conceição lagoon is the famous natural attraction, and the centrepiece of the island- sports, cuisine and entertainment are first class! Peri lagoon is quieter and great for nature walks, sailing and canoeing.
Cultural highlights are the old forts, such as Santa Cruz de Anhatomirim and São José da Ponta Grossa , archeological sites with astounding examples of indigenous Rock art, and Azorean villages like Ribeirão da Ilha and Santo Antônio de Lisboa which are windows into the vibrant culture and history of this European island people. The City centre is pleasant and can be explored on foot.
Floripa is one of the most popular destinations within Brazil, due to its unique combination of superb beaches, a unique culture, beautiful scenery, and a cosmopolitan mix of people.

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