The hippie-chic town of Centrinho da Lagoa—"little center" in Portuguese—is a nexus for the barefoot surfers and artists who
have made Floripa their home. Nowhere on the island do you get more of a sense of the melting pot that is Brazil than this
little township: Within a few blocks you can chow down on top-notch Thai, Italian, and Mexican foods, along with sushi, Brazilian
barbecue, and freshly caught seafood.
Groups of young Brazilians gleefully sand-board (riding down dunes on a board) along the extraordinary white sand dunes that rise like sleeping giants from the center of the island. This part of the island only really grew up in the past 15 years—before that there was just a lone gas station and a dirt track to Praia Mole. Thankfully the place manages to feel wild and belonging to nature in spite of the hordes of sand-boarders.
Left: Sand-boarders ride the dunes at Centrinho da Lagoa