A True "Hot Spot"
Ah, Brazil. Where the term "hot spot" takes on a new meaning, one that describes not just the usual zeitgeisty appeal of a
destination, but also embraces its climate, high-octane nightlife, and people.
The comely island community of Santa Catarina, situated 430 miles south of São Paulo along Brazil's so-called Emerald Coast, is a not-very-well-kept secret among the well-heeled denizens of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, who bolt here in summer for the sublime beaches, the buzzy nightlife, and the pockets of undeveloped tranquility.
Left: Paragliding over Florianópolis—"Floripa" to locals