Bring in the New Year
30.12.2010 - 04.01.2011 32 °C
Floripa is the major city on the island of Santa Catarina on the south coast of Brazil. The island itself is renowned for its beaches and has something like 42 of them – all covered in amazing white sand and lapped by beautiful warm, crystal clear water. We were not staying in the city of Florianopolis itself but on the shore of a nearby lagoon, a bus ride from the beaches.
After some confusion with the local bus network (getting lost) we arrived at our hostel in Floripa mid afternoon on 30 December. The hostel, Tucano House, (a great hostel) had organised for the guests to attend a New Years party at Praia de Rosa - a great beach two hours south.
The plan was to board buses at 8am the next morning, spend the day at the beach and the night at a concert set up on the sand dunes overlooking the water. The beach was amazing, white sand, blue water and great surf meant it was super relaxing and the vendors selling food, cocktails, coconuts and beer and hiring sun umbrellas and chairs, meant that Jess and I's lack of preparation was not a problem.
After the sun went down we left the beach and headed up to the concert – Brazilians sure know how to throw a party with great music, fire breathers, acrobats etc. - although a combination of beer, Caprinhas and Red Bull meant some parts of the night are a little hazy – apparently there were fireworks, who knew?
New Years Day was the predictable non-event with most of the hostel unable to drag themselves out of bed. The highlight of the day was probably the dinner cooked by the hostel – something they did everyday and one of the reasons we liked the place so much.
The next two days it unfortunately pelted down with rain, which in a beach town doesn't leave you with much to do. During some respite on the second day, we went on a hike alongside the nearby lagoon to a waterfall and fishing village, where we were able to sit out over the water, drink a couple of beers and devour a plate of Calamari – a pretty relaxing way to end our time here.
A bit of a shame we didn't have more time to explore more of the beaches around Florianopolis itself but it is somewhere where I would definitely return to for a relaxing beach holiday. Although a word of warning, if possible avoid the Christmas, New Years period as traffic is a disaster - late January would be perfect!
The next stop is sure to be one of the highlights of the trip – Iguassu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina and I'll definitely put up plenty of photos after that!