Sandra, Aimee and I head to Brazil 08-18 Oct...details
of our stay will follow. In the interim, find pictures of our stay
at Florianopolis and surrounding beaches. Details courtesy of Wikipedia.
Floripa) is the capital city of
Santa Catarina State in southern
Brazil. It is composed of one
main island, the
Island of Santa Catarina (Ilha de
Santa Catarina), a continental part and the surrounding small
islands. It has a population of 410,000. The
metropolitan area has an estimated
population of 980,000.
economy of Florianópolis is heavily
tourism and services.
The city has 42
beaches and is a centre of
surfing activity. The New York Times
reported that "Florianopolis is the Party Destination of the Year in
2009" on January 11, 2009. Newsweek
placed Florianópolis in the "Ten most dynamic cities of the world" list
Veja magazine, a Brazilian publication,
named the city as "the best place to live in Brazil."
Most of the population lives on the island's central
and northern half. The southern half is less inhabited. Many small
commercial fishermen populate the island.
Florianópolis experiences a warm
humid subtropical climate. The seasons
of the year are distinct, with a well-defined summer and "winter", and
autumn and spring. Frost is infrequent,
but occurs occasionally in the "winter". Due to the proximity of the
sea, the relative
humidity of the
atmosphere is 80% on average.
temperatures of the hottest month
varies from 25 °C (77 °F) to 40 °C (104 °F) and the minimum temperatures
are from 6 °C (43 °F) to 11 °C (52 °F). The lowest temperature ever
recorded was −2 °C (28.4 °F), in 1975.
Florianópolis is the main location of the ASP World
Tour, Association of Surfing Professionals (WCT), the only location in
South America for this event.
Ingleses Beach (Praia dos Ingleses) Even
though it is a
beach preferred by
tourists, Ingleses still keeps to the
traditions of the
Azorian colonizers. The dunes
separating the Ingleses Beach (English Beach) from the Santinho Beach to
the south are
natural attractions not to be
missed....and we humped them. The practice of sand boarding is
quite common there, a sport created in Florianópolis.
Joaquina Beach (Praia da Joaquina) Won fame in
the 1970s, when
surfers from around the world
discovered its waves. It is one of the beaches that offers the
tourist facilities, receiving a large
number of tourists from around
Brazil and the
world. In addition to the beach, it is
possible to enjoy the most famous
dunes in the South of the country as
well as to sand board.
All pictures by the Fischer-Hartt clan.
click on a picture to see a larger
image. hit arrows at either end of the slideshow for more pictures.
S and I overlooking Joaquina Beach