Dream Island Escapes

Craving an island vacation? Get inspired by these exotic destinations.

Beautiful Brazil

Head to warm and sunny Florianópolis, the land of cozy oyster bars, hidden lagoons, and epic parties on the beach.

Beautiful Brazil: Restaurants
Photo:  Ricardo Ribas

Waterfront Dining

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

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