Florianópolis on the island of Santa Catarina is one of the historical coastal cities in Brazil ever since the 16th century when not only Portuguese but French, English and Spanish ships came to stop before going South to Magalhães Strait. From Santa Catarina, very important Spanish started voyages to the Plata River and Paraguay region.
Floripa, as the island is called, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Brazil, due to its unique combination of beaches, culture, and water sports, as surfing and sailing. Over the last years, it has become one of the most popular destinations in Brazil, for people who are looking for superb beaches, beautiful scenery, interesting culture, and friendly people. Beaches as Santo Antonio de Lisboa, Lagoa da Conceição, Jurerê, Armação, Pântano do Sul, Praia dos Ingleses and others are known for historical and cultural attractions.