Holidaymakers looking for an exciting a hot vacation in South America should pay a visit to Santa Catarina in Brazil. Located in the south of the country, this Brazilian state has many fantastic things to do and see. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas and apartments.
Holidaymakers can take to one of many beaches in the state where there is plenty of sand making it a great place for sunbathing and relaxing. Watersports can be enjoyed in the area especially surfing with this part of Brazil considered to be the best for consistent waves. Snorkelling, rafting, paddle boating and various types of fishing are also available in the area.
Golf players will find there are courses in the state including in the city of Joinville. Santa Catarina has many scenic views for holidaymakers to enjoy too, which can be enjoyed by hiking, cycling and horse riding. Other popular activities include tennis, go-karting and bird watching.
Many bars, cafes and restaurants can be found in this part of Brazil with a variety of dining options including plenty of local and international dishes. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drink from grocery stores and supermarkets. Tourists will also find stores and markets selling various souvenir items and gifts.
As well as being a great place for beach holidays, Santa Catarina has many fascinating places to visit. For example Joinville has a strong German influence encapsulated by the Royal Palace, which was built in the mid 19th century. This is now a museum about German immigration to the region. The city is also home to several Lutheran churches as well as a Botanical Garden and a zoo. The state capital Florianpolis also has lots of interesting houses, churches and museums such as the Cruz e Souza Museum. Families might like to spend a day at the famous Beto Carrero World in Penha. This is one of the largest amusement parks in the world and the largest in Latin America.
The weather in Santa Catarina is quite warm all year round except in the mountains where there is snowfall in the winter. The warmest time is between December and March when the temperatures reach an average high of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. June and July are the coolest months with average highs of 68 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of just 55F. The summer months are more likely to trigger rainfall with an average of 14 days with rain during December and January.
Santa Catarina is served by Hercílio Luz International Airport (FLN), which is located in the state’s capital city, Florianopolis. Visitors can get a connecting flight to this airport from São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), which has flights arriving from many international airports including Amsterdam (AMS), Beijing-Capital (PEK), Frankfurt (FRA), Lisbon (LIS), London-Heathrow (LHW), Madrid (MAD), New York (JFK), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) and Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) amongst others. Taxis are available at Hercilio Luz as well as car rental services.