A Guide to Brazil's Beaches

I recently spent some time in Florianopolis – a popular, touristic island on the SE coast of Brazil, full of well-known beaches and towns. I went for a little over a week with two friends from Uruguay and stayed in a pretty little hostel in Barra da Lagoa. From there we visited a different beach everyday, using mainly public transportation and Uber (aka the greatest invention of all time 🙏🏼 ).

Brazil beaches are incredibly unique - hello thong bikinis! -, and each is a little different from the rest. I’ve put together a list of all the beaches we visited to give you an idea of what to expect if you’re ever in the area. Enjoy!

A Guide To Brazil's Beaches

Praia Barra da Lagoa

I’ll start with the beach in which we were staying at. Praia Barra da Lagoa is really well situated because it’s right in the middle of all the beaches, making them super easy to get to. The beach itself was really crowded and sometimes dirty because the restaurants placed their tables all the way down to the shore – as in, people who were dining had to put their feet up when the waves came in. We would usually walk 10 to 15 minutes away from the main area and it was far more bearable.

Praia da Galheta

This unique little beach was the next beach over to Barra da Lagoa. We hiked for about an hour to get there (you could also take the bus but you'd miss the amazing views), and found it to be fairly empty as it was -wait for it- a nude beach! It was a first for all three of us and we had a blast. People were super comfortable and there were people of all genders, ages and sizes. We even had a family of four next to us for quite a while.

Praia Mole

This one is one of the more popular beaches in Florianopolis because it has some of the best waves for surfing. The ocean itself is pretty rough and dangerous for swimming, but the beach is incredibly beautiful. There’s mountains to either side of it, and it has white, fine sand.

Praia Joaquina

Another very popular beach in Florianopolis, Praia Joaquina is beautiful but incredibly crowded. We personally had to walk quite a while to get away from all the restaurant, people and vendors. It’s a nice beach but I would really only pay it a visit if you have a lot of days to fill.

Praia dos Ingleses

This is a beach on the northern part of Florianopolis, full of shopping strips and nice hotels. We were told it was one of the more expensive parts of the island, and for good reason. The beach is beautiful – super clear water and white, fine sand. It was (as predicted) way, WAY too crowded. We were an arm’s length away from other people and the vendors would approach you every 2-5 minutes.  Praia dos Ingleses is one of those beaches that I’m sure is amazing for sunrises and sunsets though.

Praia Santinho

One of my favorite beaches in Florianopolis. We made it for the sunset so we didn’t get to go swimming but it was almost a perfect 10. There weren’t too many people and the sights were beautiful. The pictures I’ve put up on this post with the red shirt were taken in Praia Santinho.

Also worth mentioning:

Praia Do Rosa

This beach isn’t in Florianopolis. It's actually in the Brazialian continent itself but it’s so so so worth it if you’re up for the 2 hour ride. We happened to meet up with a friend who had a car, so we took the day trip and it was amazing. It was by far my favorite beach of the trip. The water was clear, there were mountains on either side, there’s great waves for surfing AND there’s a ton of natural, organic, vegetarian/vegan places everywhere. Dream come true 😍 . 10/10. Would visit again.


We didn’t make the trip out to Canasvierias because we were told the beach was very dirty and crowded. It is, however, the nightlife capital of Florianopolis. If you’re looking for great bars and clubs – head there!

Photo credit to Federico Orihuela (IG: fedeorihuela)

Photo credit to Federico Orihuela (IG: fedeorihuela)