Barra da Lagoa:
Barra da Lagoa is located in Florianopolis, just off the coast of Brazil. It's a
trendy place full of young people from all over the world, where they make new
friends everyday. A fishermen's village, Barra has become a great destination
for travelers due to its hospitality. You can find good food, Internet access,
nightlife, snack bars, supermarkets and many shops.
The climate in Barra is mostly tropical. It's a surfer's paradise, and the
destination of choice for the experienced, as well as the beginner. For the
seasoned surfer, Brazilian winter is the best travel season, because there are
generally bigger waves of up to 8 feet from June to August. The winter brings
stormy weather while the summer brings afternoon thunderstorms. Deep winter can
be surprisingly cold. The water remains stable all year round, but a steamer is
definitely required for the winter.
Things to do
Wind surfing and Kite Surfing: For the advanced sailor that is looking for good
wind, Barra da Lagoa is a great destination. Several miles of a great beach,
with the right orientation to the wind and good waves, this is a great spot.
Plenty of shops available and excellent restaurants.
Hang-gliding and gliding: The "Morro" (hilltop by the point) is a favorite
launching site among gliders.
For those who love nature, Santa Catarina is paradise. The geographic diversity
of the state, allied to the rich and preserved vegetation, guarantee fascinating
options to lovers of Eco-tourism. Diving, hang-gliding, hiking, mountain
climbing and canoeing are some of the sports enthusiastically practiced in the
For divers, there is no place better than the Arvoredo Biological Reserve, a
group of islands located between Porto Belo and Florianópolis. The Reserve is at
the junction of the icy waters of the Falklands Current and the warm waters of
the Brazil Current, producing a special mixture of marine life.
Other islands, such as that of Campeche, in Florianópolis, also offer good
diving, as do the rocky coasts and coves along the entire state from Laguna to
São Francisco do Sul.
Those who seek adventure won't be deceived along the slopes of the coastal
mountains. One can descend waterfalls at Presidente Getúlio, go rafting in the
rapids in the Itajaí-Açu River, soar in a hang-glider in Jaraguá do Sul or go
hiking in Florianópolis, or in the Serra do Corvo Branco Mountains.
These are just some of the ecological sports possible in the rustic scenery of
the state's Atlantic Coastal Forest.
The waterfalls of Corupá and the fantastic Botuverá cave are also icons of local
eco-tourism. This is a segment that is visibly growing and represents a new
source of income for the state.
In Imbituba, more exactly in Praia do Rosa, nature surprises us with a
performance of whales, called Francas, which escaping from the ice cold waters
of the South Pole come to this warm water beach to reproduce and feed the baby-whales.
The Franca whale is under the protection of the government, being a natural
monument of the state since 1995. More recently in September 2000 the Protection
Area of the Franca Whale was instituted. This area is located between the coast
region of the Santa Catarina Island and the Cabo de Santa Marta in Laguna.