There is so much to explore in the Floripa nightlife department that it requires a little forward planning. There's the Euro-fabulous Confraria das Artes, a loungey late-night spot that's a big hit with jet-setting moguls and the models who love them. The Big Blue Club, a white-tented night spot sitting right on the beach at Praia Mole, is the ideal sand-between-the-toes party experience. Meanwhile, at the northern tip of the island is the gated community of Jurerê, a magnet for Brazilian millionaires who own condos and park their yachts here.
Jurerê is the nouveau South American answer to St. Tropez, awash in Champagne bars, nightclubs, palatial homes, and a young crowd decked out in skimpy clubwear and designer sunglasses. At Taikô, a Champagne bar where Brazilian MTV sets up camp each summer, everyone is drinking, flirting, and dancing on the sand to music spun by a DJ perched in a lifesaver's tower.
Left: Follow the signs to fresh oysters.