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Praia do Rosa and Santa Catarina

Why visit Praia do Rosa and Santa Catarina?

The state of Santa Catarina is in southern Brazil. Its capital, Florianopolis, lies largely on the Ilha de Santa Catarina and has over 40 beaches. The 560 kilometre coast is made up of beaches, bays, lagoons and islands, and is separated from the inland plains by the Serra Geral mountains. Activities include watersports, rafting, kayaking, canyoning and hiking. Over the centuries the region has been home to Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Polish and Japanese settlers, among others, all of whom have enhanced the diverse culture.

  • Go surfing from Santa Catarina Island, widely regarded as the foremost surfing venue in the country
  • Enjoy beach life and watersports at Praia do Rosa, and stroll along the town's cobblestoned streets
  • Take the scenic 3--minute Bondino cable car ride from Barr Sul to Morro da Aguada at 240 metres, and back to Praia Laranjeiras in Parque Unipraias
  • Watch southern right whales from the beach or take a boat ride to get a closer view, from July to November
  • Soak in hot springs at a thermal mineral resort enjoying their health bestowing properties
  • Go diving in the clear waters off Ilha das Cabras to observe fish, turtles, seahorses, coral, shipwrecks and, 7 metres down, a statue of Neptune!
  • Go hiking in the mountains, canyons and forests of Parque Nacional de Sao Joaquim, whose attractions include the pedra furada, a large stone archway, and snow in the winter
  • Visit Laguna to watch the bottle-nose dolphins round up fish and signal when the fishermen need to throw their nets
  • Take part in the lively Oktoberfest in Blumenau, a city founded by German immigrants in the 19th century

When to visit Praia do Rosa and Santa Catarina

The summer months, December to March, are the best for beach lovers with high temperatures and sunshine. There is rain, but it usually falls in short, sharp bursts. The temperature drops considerably in winter, June to August, making the coast less attractive, but hiking and adventure sports can be done year round. If you want to see southern right whales they are usually present from July to November.

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Time: GMT -3 hours

Flight time:

Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.

Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.

Visas:

Not required for British nationals.

Health:

There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.

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