When to go
The state has a semi-tropical climate, with summers that are hot and winters mild but a bit too cool for the beach. There is sunshine all year round however, with most rain falling in late Dec-Mar – the local holiday season when beaches are packed. The whale watching season is Jun-Oct.
Brazilian Portuguese, a more languid and musical version of Portugal’s mother tongue.
Getting local currency
Brazilian Real. Notes can be withdrawn from the many ATMs of Banco do Brasil, Bradesco and HSBC in Florianópolis using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows. ATMs close at 10pm.
GMT -3 hours. There is daylight saving Oct- end Feb (approx) when clocks are put forward one hour.
There are domestic flights from Rio (1hour 40mins), São Paulo (1hour 15mins) and Curitiba (38mins) to Florianópolis.
A holiday in Argentina: relax on a beach after visiting Buenos Aires (direct flight to Florianópolis, 2 hours) the Iguazú Falls, or maybe even travels further afield, to Patagonia; the Serra Verde train ride from Curitiba (38mins by air from Florianópolis) to Morretes.
Farra de Boi: Florianópolis, Easter. A festival dedicated to the bull, which has great significance in Brazilian celebrations.