In the north side of the city its possible to find small communities just like Sambaqui. These are the places where the fisherman leave to the sea to get fish, fish wich you can eat in one of the restaurants of the area. The people are very warm and willing to help. It is very interesting to see how people are relaxed and don't need to worry with security at all! Great atmosphere!
Lagoinha do Leste
If you like hiking you're gonna love this beach! Lagoinha do Leste is located on the east of the island it is a beach with no car access, to get in there you have two options: through the Pantano do Sul path, or through the Armação beach. This picture was taken from the Armação beach path (in my opinion the most beautiful) min before we get to the picture. However this is the longest path (over two hours), so I would recommend to come back through the Pantano do Sul path (one hour).
Sandboarding in the dunes
Ask the locals where you find Joaquina Beach
Just as you walk down the road toward the beach you will see a bar. Opposite the bar are some huge sand dunes. There is a guy that rents out sandboards by the hour. I think it was 10Reals per hour.
It's good fun but very hard work.
Take some water and sun glasses.
Praia dos Naufragados
Another beach totally away from any crowd or tourists. Get the road to Ribeirão da Ilha ( turn right close to Morro das Pedras, ask locals ) and follow it to its end. From ther get the dirt road as faar as possible toward Ponta dos Naufragados, leave your car there ( better do not leave any valuables inside ) and get the trail, its a 30-40 min. Walk. It worths the walk. Beatiful place, hollow waves at the right side , holds size and produces excellent barrels. At the left side there are good lefts breaking . Works best with S swell and W, NE wind. Never S wind.
Lagoinha do Leste
Some people claim it as the most consistent spot in Florianópolis, but only a few can check it out everyday. The place is all preserved, pretty landscape, hard trail though.
There are two ways ( 2 trails ) to get there. One is parking your car at Praia do Pântano do Sul ( a fishermen’s beach ) and hike the trail (45min -1 hour walk ) Make local inquiry for the exact location of the trail. The other way ( 2-3 Hour walk ) is by the rocks through the Matadeiro Coastline.
Don’t forget your shoes and go for it. It is always uncrowded ( except during weekends ), the waves are strong and it might be the most beatiful beach at the island.
You can surf at both corners, the left corner is protected from N winds and the right corner from the S wind. During summer sometimes it is the only place with some surf on it.
Praia do Matadeiro
Place where the ancient fishermen used to kill the whales that they fished. Excellent surfing spot, you have to drive until Praia da Armação and then cross the small river walking. Everybody knows the place. Good with S wind not too strong. Powerful waves, short rides. There’s always some crowd there. On big days the waves tend to break more at the middle of the beach, on smaller close to the rocks.
praia do forte
Works only with big E swells, a right peels light a point break. Holds up to 5 ‘ with E or S winds. Low tide is better. To get there go to Canasvieiras and then take left at the Ponta Grossa turn off. Ask locals if you have problems, there’s an ancient militar fortress close to the beach.
Located extremely north, holds best conditions with East swell and South wind, during summer gets full of argentinians tourists. Good spot for medium waves, tends to lose quality when bigger than 5 ‘. If you are close by check it out (it is located close to Praia dos Ingleses / Praia do Santinho Area).
Praia do Santinho
Located north, close to Praia dos Ingleses, you can go there following the road that pass by Praia do Moçambique. It is a pretty consistent spot, with good waves and not many surfers. E swells and NE winds are the best. Waves pretty strong, Tom Carrol broke a few boards surfing there on a good day. It worths the drive.
Praia do Moçambique
A 14 km beach all preserved with no buildings or commodities, a quiet , uncrowded place with powerful, tubular waves, both lefts and rights. Choose a peak and surf by yourself. The best swell is E,SE with light NE wind or W. If the wind is light S you can surf on a spot called Camping da Barra ( ask locals about ) with handle some waves with this kind of wind. The right side of Moçambique is called Barra da Lagoa, a place that works only with big swells, generally crowded with kids and longboarders.
lambe lambe beach
Lambe Lambe Beach
Another spot which breaks with big E swells. It is a difficult place to find, so make local inquiry close to Ponta das Canas. It is located in a rock point somewhere in the coast. It is usually bigger than Ponta das Canas e Praia do Forte. Low tide is better.
Praia do Campeche
The same beach as Joaquina, but further south. The Praia do Campeche itself it is located in front of the Campeche Island, the road leaves you directly there. When it is breaking that’s the place to be. Needs big or good size S swells and W wind. Works usually during the winter on the coldest days. Some surfers compare it to Jeffrey’s Bay. It is for sure one of the Brazil’s best wave. The wage is a right which creates long rides, with hollow sections. Awesome even to watch.
When it is breaking always crowded, but there’s always one for you. Strong riptides, creating long paddles. Close to this spot there’s another good one called Riozinho (Small Creek). It creates hollow , powerful waves, with barrels and barrels. It is located north from the Campeche main entrance, close to a small sports gymn. Ask locals. With S,SE swell hollow rigths, with E swell hollow lefts. Best winds W or really light NE.
campeche east coast
Com cinco quilômetros de areia branca, limpa e de mar agitado, a praia do Campeche é considerada a Jefrey's Bay da Ilha de Santa Catarina, por suas direitas que parecem não ter fim em dia de ondulação de sul. Mas para quem não entende nada de surf, a praia também oferece outras atrações. A beleza paradisíaca da Ilha do Campeche, por exemplo, localizada em frente à praia, um joguinho de futebol no antigo campo de aviação (Saint Exupery), ou mesmo uma pesca de arremesso são um boa alternativa de lazer. À noite Campeche também não deixa a desejar.
A praia do Campeche situa-se ao Sul da Ilha de Santa Catarina, com uma distância de aproximadamente 15 Km do centro de Florianópolis.
uma onda rara que quebra sobre um fundo de areia com características de Point Break.
Por ser longa e com várias sessões de manobras e tubos, a onda do Campeche possui qualidade Internacional.
Seu nome, que é o mesmo da Ilha em frente, tem 2 versões: uma originada de uma árvore, o Pau-Campeche de madeira corante empregada em tinturaria. A outra versão aponta o nome como uma união das expressões francesas "camp" (campo) e "pêche" (peixe), devido ao campo de pouso que havia entre 1926 a 1939 e que era utilizado pelo escritor e aviador francês Saint Exupery quando fazia escala na rota do correio francês.
lagoinha do leste
on an island full of beautiful beaches it is difficult to choose the best. For my money it would have to be lagoinha do leste. it is a beautiful beach beside a lovely lagoon with a bevy of cows watching on. the only draw back (other than inqusitive cows) is that you have to hike a far way to get there. Catch a Panano do Sul bus and ask the driver to let you off before the last stop (tell him where you want to get to and he will know what you are on about). once you get off the bus start walking over a very large hill and down the other side. takes about 40 minutes to an hour (depends how unfit you are) to reach unspoilt beauty that you will likely have to yourself all day.