Florianópolis, my Carnival escape destination!

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Morro da Lagoa

Stand Up Paddle and Kayak at Lagoa da Conceição

Stand Up Paddle and Kayak at Lagoa da Conceição

Kayaking at Lagoa da Conceição

Kayaking at Lagoa da Conceição

Joaquina Beach

Joaquina Beach

Mole Beach

Heavy clouds at Mole Beach

Surfing in a dark afternoon at Mole Beach

Surfer at Mole Beach

Mole Beach and the storm went away

Mole Beach and the storm went away

Clean water and sand at Mole Beach, I found a live shell

Clean water and sand at Mole Beach, I found a live shell

Daniela beach, quiet waters perfect for children

Daniela beach, quiet waters perfect for children

Costão do Santinho beach

Costão do Santinho beach

Costão do Santinho Beach on another cloudy and rainy day

Costão do Santinho Beach on another cloudy and rainy day

A cute turtle in one of the tanks at Projeto Tamar

A cute turtle in one of the tanks at Projeto Tamar

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Barra da Lagoa Beach, a lot of surfers in the water

Sunset at Beira Mar Norte bay

Sunset at Avenida Beira Mar Norte , in the center of Florianópolis

Hercílio Luz Bridge, the most famous postcard of Florianópolis

Hercílio Luz Bridge, the most famous postcard of Florianópolis

I’m sorry to disappoint those who were expecting to see here some pictures of the carnival in Rio. As I told you before, I didn’t spend carnival in Rio! I escaped from blocked streets by “blocos de carnaval”, overcrowded beaches, and the scorching heat of Rio, flying to   Floripa, Florianópolis, in the south of Brazil.

Floripa, Ilha da Magia (Magical Island), as people call it, is one of the places in Brazil that we love to go and where we are always coming back whenever is possible. Although being the capital of Santa Catarina state, it is rather smaller than Rio. Most of the beaches are very well preserved in Floripa Island and the city is perfect for those who want to slow down a little bit and be close to nature.

Although Carnival is not the better time to visit it (the city gets a little crowded and you can hit some traffic to reach the beaches), we decided to spend the 5 days of carnival holidays there. Floripa is a great destination for surfers, as it has some different beaches with good surf conditions, and as my husband loves to surf…..

We stayed in a very simple “Pousada” close to Lagoa de Conceição, for being a good location to move around in the island. We rented a car so we could go to different beaches easily. Well that is a fact, you need a car in Floripa.

Althoug the weather was not so good, it rained a lot, we managed to do a lot of things. My husband surfed, my son played with his body board in the beaches, we went kayaking in Lagoa da Conceição, we visited Projeto Tamar (a visitors centre to make people aware of the importance of preserving Turtles in the coast of Brazil), I finished  the book I was reading and I took many, many photos.

We had a lot of fun and rested our minds from all the rush of our life in Rio.

Now ,as people say, the year only starts after Carnival in Brazil, let’s go back to real life!

Have any of you ever heard of Florianópolis? I would love to know!

It is definitely a worth visiting place in Brazil!!

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