At the southern end of Floripa is Ribeirão da Ilha, a sleepy fishing village that feels only barely touched by the intervening
years since its founding in the early 19th century. The main street consists of little more than a sweet yellow-and-white
church from 1805, rows of brightly colored stucco Azorean houses with terra-cotta roofs, and a handful of seafood restaurants.
Try Ostradamus, a nautical-theme oyster restaurant on a stretch of beach with sweeping views back to the mainland and the state of Santa Catarina. Somehow the wonderful tweeness of it all—the menu is presented as a rolled treasure map, and the waiters are dressed as sea captains—is delightfully offset by the gorgeous setting right on the water (many tables are set up on a long, covered pier) and the incredible just-off-the-boat seafood.
Left: One of the many waterfront restaurants on Santa Catarina