Florianópolis may be known for its fabulous beaches, but some of the best spots to enjoy the water are inland. There are several secret lake spots to lure travellers out of the crowds and into the local scene. Check out the best secret lagoons around the island and see a new side of Florianópolis.
Since 1988, Lagoinha Pequena has been carefully preserved in Florianópolis. Located on the southeastern side of the island, this lagoon has a special ecosystem of flora and fauna, including the coruja buraqueira, or burrowing owl. This is the island’s second largest lake and it covers an area of 27 hectares. It’s a quiet, peaceful spot to swim or practice standup paddleboarding, with a park nearby for kids (or the young at heart).
Lagoa da Conceição – Canto dos Araçás
Lagoa da Conceição – São João do Rio Vermelho
Most travellers to Florianópolis enjoy the lake from the centrinho, or little city center area of Lagoa da Conceição, but to get a local’s experience of the lake, head to the north of the island past Praia Moçambique and into the small town of São João do Rio Vermelho. This far northern end of the lake is the perfect place to enjoy the water without a crowd of tourists. A popular locals’ lunch spot is the restaurant Moçamba, which has a lakefront location. Diners can even use the restaurant’s standup paddleboards for a pre- or post-meal paddle.
Moçamba Restaurante, Rod. João Gualberto Soares, 9762 – São João do Rio Vermelho, Florianópolis, Brazil +55 48 99999 9092
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