Travel Guide: Florianopolis, Brazil
In just a few days, the Brasil Poker Tour is invading the beach town of Florianópolis. The popular vacation destination attracts tourists from around the world with its pristine beaches contrasted by its busy nightlife. Of course, if it's poker you're looking for, BPT Florianópolis is taking place Oct. 6 through 10 at the Majestic Palace Hotel. The buy-in is R$2,000+250+50, but you can get in for just R$200+20 through a mega satellite on October 5 at 8 p.m.
If you've never been to Florianópolis before, then there are a few things you should know not only to get around, but also, in the event that you bust, you'll want to check out what the amazing city has to offer.
For non-locals who need to fly into the city, the airport you want is Hercilio Luz International Airport. It is a 35 to 40 minute cab ride to the Majestic Palace Hotel where the event is taking place. If you're not in a hurry to get to the tournament, you can also go by bus. Rita Maria is the city's main bus terminal, located by the Pedro Ivo Campus Bridge. It connects Florianópolis to the majority of cities, towns and villages of the Santa Catarina Island.
The city has a humid subtropical climate that has four distinct seasons. At this time of year, the average high is 75 degrees while its low is 64 degrees. You want to pack your shorts to enjoy the mostly sunny, breezy daytime weather, but don't forget to pack a light jacket. Precipitation is also likely, so an umbrella wouldn't hurt.
When visiting Florianópolis, it'd be almost a crime not to check out one of its 42 beaches. For scenery, go to Praia Mole. It's known for the surrounding green hills and rock formations that enclose you into a picture perfect beach scene. Just 1.2 miles away is Barra da Lagoa, known as the "bunny slope" of surfing. It's a fisherman's village, lacking big hotels and bars, but it's a perfect place to learn to surf.
If you're looking for more of a busy tourist beach, head to the northern beaches Jurerê, Daniela, Canasvieiras, Brava and Ingleses where you'll find plenty of hotels, restaurants and bars by the water.
Whether you need to update your wardrobe or want to bring home some souvenirs, you will find a place to shop that is perfect for you in Florianópolis. The Beira Mar shopping mall is you will find whatever you are looking for. It's located in a central area just a couple minutes drive from downtown. It is known as a bit on the expensive side but boasts a wide variety of shops and restaurants.