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LAGOA DA CONCEIÇÃO

Distance from the center: 20 km.
Distance from airport: 16 km.
Nearby beaches: Joaquina, Praia Mole, Galheta, Barra da Lagoa and Moçambique.
Neighborhood: Lagoa da Conceição.

Lagoa da Conceição combines beaches, dunes, hills, and the biggest lagoon on the island. With such diversity, it has become the most well-known tourist spot in Florianopolis.

Radical Sports Adrenaline

Windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, kite surfing and jetskiing are very popular activities on the lake and at the adjacent beaches there are always surfers in the water regardless of the temperature. The dunes between Lagoa da Conceição and Joaquina are were sandboarding was born. The hills around the lagoon afford a perfect lift off for hangliders and paragliders. There are also several trails for ecological hikes and biking.



Fun for All

With a water temperature that averages 27ºC during summer, shallow water and an absence of waves make the lake a calm place for kids and family groups, however it is still advised to check the bathing status reports, especially during high season. Halfway down Rendeiras Avenue, on the edge of the lagoon, two sand courts guarantee an ideal spot for playing volleyball and foot volleyball. You can also have fun there at night as the area is lighted for night-time sports.
There are also several boat rides for remarkably low prices. The boats usually leave from the end of Rendeiras Avenue. You can also rent kayaks and pedal boats there, as well as take windsurfing, kite surfing, and canoeing lessons.


Panoramic View - photos: Eduardo Fortkamp

Handicrafts: useful souvenirs

For those who are after traditional bobbin laces, there are some street-side vendors where towels, curtains, and even dresses may be found. They're handmade items, not only in lace, but also crochet and woven.
On Sundays there is the Feirate, or Art Fair in the Bento Silveiro square, with over 80 craftsmen. Anything , from educational wooden toys to tapestries may be found here. During the off season the fair goes from 10 am to 6 pm, during the high season, from 5 pm to midnight.

On colder days, Shopping

Due to the number of tourists, and the growing number of residents and local visitors, local merchants are also popular.
In the small center of Lagoa you can find just about anything, a special note should be made of the specialist surf shops and decoration stores. One of the main spots is Via Lagoa Mall, consisting of 10 stores and a small food court.

Party all Night Long!

The large variety of bars makes Lagoa nightlife the most popular destination in Florianópolis. The fun starts early at the many cafés in the small center, which tend to get packed at the end of the afternoon, especially in the summer.
Some of the finest restaurants in town are located in Lagoa. The menus vary: there is typical Azorean food to pizza, through Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, and sandwiches.
Afterwards, you can choose between calm places with live music, alternative bands, nightclubs, bars with dance floors or open air bars. In high season the large number of people enjoying these attractions result in traffic jams from the Lagoa hill to the end of Rendeiras Avenue.

Places to Stay and Transportation

For those from out of town who wish to avoid the traffic, a good option is to seek lodging in Lagoa. There are several establishments, mostly bed-and-breakfast hotels, and you have the advantage of easy access to many parts of the island.
For those who come without a car and who don't intend to rent one, Lagoa da Conceição is a very well supplied neighborhood in regards to public transportation.

Don't Miss:

- A schooner excursion on Lagoa da Conceição;
- A walk down Rendeiras Avenue, including draft beer and shrimp empanadas or tidbits;
- Windsurfing, kite surfing and/or canoeing lessons;
- A walk on the dunes that begin at Redeiras Avenue - near the police post - and extend all the way to Joaquina beach.
- An excursion to and lunch at Costa da Lagoa, accessed by boat or a trail
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