Head to warm and sunny Florianópolis, the land of cozy oyster bars, hidden lagoons, and epic parties on the beach.
Picturesque SurroundingsThe island is home to 42 beaches, all with glam-bohemian appeal. Grab "Paulada" smoothies, made from açai—the cult wonder berry found in the Brazilian Amazon—and marvel at the scenery: miles of manicured sand, keen surfers tackling barreling waves.
At the heart of the island is the vast Lagoa de Conceição, a clear saltwater lagoon that's backed by lush Atlantic rain forest, its entire length dotted with picturesque fishing villages. The sun-dappled picture is reminiscent of the lake regions of Europe.
Sheltered between two rocky headlands and one of the island's most raved-about beaches is the coastal reserve of Praia de Galheta. The hotel scene here is still evolving, so private rentals are a good bet if you're planning to stay around the beaches.