Southern Brazil Holidays: an Overview

The Southern coast of Brazil has an abundance of white sand beaches and emerald seas to soak up while on holiday, encased by endless green mountains and lush forestry. With 560km of beaches in Santa Caterina alone, the area boasts spectacular surfing.

The diverse landscape of southern Brazil also allows for a multitude of other activities, including hiking in the cooler Serra Geral Mountains, diving, fishing, sailing and paragliding. On the other hand, it is the perfect place to do absolutely nothing except soak up the rays and relax.

Head south from Rio to the coastline around the city of Florianopolis (known as Floripa) for surfing hotspots, (yet more) beautiful people, and whale watching. We have handpicked our favourite hotels to ensure that all of the above is possible, as well as having a few restaurants up our sleeve that we know serve some of the best seafood around.

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Joaquina Beach in Florianopolis
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A City Island Gem

Florianopolis, a little-known island gem, is Santa Catarina's cool island capital. Unwind on its white sand beaches and swim in cool shimmering waters which, incidentally, produce some of the most flavoursome oysters you'll ever taste. Head into the rainforest and hike farm trails or take a surfing lesson on Joaquina Beach, famed for its perfect waves. Combine all this with some seriously chic city life and you're onto a winner.

Jumping whale
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A Whale Watching Safari

Head out to sea on a whale watching adventure in southern Brazil's protected offshore marine reserves. From the (relative) comfort of your dinghy, keep a lookout for southern rights, humpbacks and baleen whales as they escape the cold Patagonian waters in favour of the warm northern climate off Brazil's coast. This is the best possible way of getting close to their barnacled underbellies and spraying blow holes.

The Catedral Metropolitana
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The Catedral Metropolitana

If you visit Florianopolis, duck into the Catedral Metropolitana, an architectural feat that took 20 years to construct. This 18th century church underwent serious renovations in 2005 which revealed original frescoes in the cathedral canopy, grand altars and elegant neo-classical porches. Inside, you'll also find rare religious art such as the 'Escape to Egypt,' an impressive life-size cedar-wood sculpture.

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A Note on Price

Brazil is the most expensive country in South America to visit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t represent great value for money – but it’s still one of our absolute favourites. A two week itinerary starts from £3,500 per person including flights – but if you’re hoping to cover a lot of ground, expect to pay a lot more.

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