Sun, sea and supermodels. Florianopolis is the hottest beach resort in South America right now – a playground for Gisele and the gang. So why haven´t we heard of it? Dominic Sutcliffe finds out.

The Guardian

But where do the Brazilians go when they want to samba? The world dreams of escaping to Rio de Janeiro, but what about Rio natives themselves? Ask the boys and girls of Ipanema (or many other Brazilians), and you´ll find that Ilha de Santa Catarina, an island just off Brazil´s southern coast, tops most lists.

The Miami Herald

… No wonder, then, that Santa Catarina´s state capital, Florianopolis, is regularly voted best for quality of life in the country. The accolade attracts a steady flow of fashionable Paulistas (Sao Paulo in only an hour´s flight away), young surfers and families coming to while away their weekends at the wide sandy beaches nearby. Style and glamour are in the city´s DNA – its most famous son and daughter are tennis player Gustavo Kuerten and supermodel Gisele Bündchen.

TIME Magazine

Casting Nets with a Traditional Fisherman in Florianópolis, Brazil. – It´s incredibly hard not to fall in love with Florianópolis – “The Island of Magic” – a sunny wonderland of abundant nature, easygoing atmosphere, and vibrant local culture, off the southern coast of Brazil. …..

Trazzler

The Place to Be: Florianopolis, Brazil. Prince Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco has paid tribute. The heartthrobes Ben Harper and Stavros Niarchos have partied on its beachfront dance floor. And on many Champagne-fueled nights, leggy models straight from the pages of Sports Illustrated and the Victoria´s Secret catalog have perched on its billowing banquettes.

The New York Times

Florianopolis. Capricho Insular Las piedras de la isla parece que van a salir volando. Todo es tan liviano en Florianópolis que puede pensarse que los dos puentes que unen la isla con el Brasil continental están puestos allí para sujetarla. ¿Temen que aquel pedazo de tierra verde con forma de papel arrugado se vaya a la deriva? Exactamente a mitad de camino entre Buenos Aires y Río de Janeiro, este municipio con nombre griego divide su territorio entre una faja costera del continente y la increíble isla de Santa Catarina, también llamada Florianópolis.

El Pais

Floripa is nominated the 2nd best Surf Town in the World. A great surf town is the nearly magical sum of consistent waves, inviting accommodations, friendly locals, fun nightlife, delicious food, and plenty of activities should the ocean go flat.

The National Geographic