Fly To Florianopolis, Brazil
Florianopolis was dubbed as "the best place to live in Brazil", so it’s only natural that foreign visitors would want to check it out too. And do they ever. Florianopolis is a blossoming destination for its perfect beaches, excellent surfing, amazing seafood, and juxtaposition of a modern megacity with 16th-century colonial fortresses and relaxed markets and parks.
Served by Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport (if that’s a mouthful, then Florianopolis Airport will do just as well), this city lies on the southern coast. If it is beaches you’re coming to see, you will not be disappointed – the city is famous for its large number of beautiful beaches. Shopping, beach parties, entertainment and sunshine are par for the course, with plenty to see and do.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- Brazil is Visa free for South African passport holders.
- The South African Consulate in Porto Alegre is the closest official representation for South Africans in Brazil. The consulate is about 5 hours from Florianopolis and is situated at Rua Bororo 496, 91900-540, Porto Alegre. Telephone: +55 51 249 2497.
See and do
Florianopolis is largely a beach holiday destination so it’s not surprising there’s a healthy total of 42 beaches to explore. Next to Florianopolis’s beautiful beaches there’s historical landmarks and a good dose of Brazilian culture. For beaches, try options such as Campeche Island, Lagoinha do Leste, Matadeiro beach, Barra da Lagoa and Joaquina beach. Fill yourself in on the region’s history by paying a visit to historical hotspots such as Santa Cruz de Anhatomiri fort, Teatro Álvaro de Carvalho, Velha Figueira and the Ethnological Museum. You should also stop past the lake of Lagoa da Conceição if you can.
Shopping offers something for everyone. Try out the Municipal Market (also a historical landmark), or hit one of the glitzy shopping stops such as Av. Beiramar Norte, Floripa Shopping or Iguatemi Florianópolis. Things to buy range from amazing sustainable items from speciality shops like Tuktuk Mamamuk; unique once-off finds at the market; high end luxury goods from the malls; bikinis straight from beach vendors and surfing gear.
Public transport is busy and easy to use. There are buses that do routes across the island to various beaches, throughout the day. Sometimes however, you may need to do a transfer depending on where you are headed. There are more expensive yellow buses also available, which have air-conditioning as an added bonus. You could also hire a car to get around.
Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport – FLN
Food and beverage: Bulebar Café on the mezzanine level makes a good cup of coffee, plus other snacks and refreshments.
Currency Exchange: Confidence Câmbio in the main passenger hall is where you can exchange currency.
Lost Luggage: Look for the Lost and Found office in the baggage claims area – you can report your lost luggage by filling out a form.
Airport Hotels: Nearby hotels include Hotel Natur Campeche, Hotel São Sebastião da Praia, Vila Tamarindo Eco Lodge and Sofitel Florianopolis.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, Yes, Movida and others.
Airport Hub: Florianopolis Airport (code FLN) is a hub for Azul Brazilian along with a few other airlines, serving flights across Brazil and the rest of the world.