From colorful beachside hostels with relaxed surf vibes, to comfortable houses with all the amenities you need for an extended stay, this is our guide to the best hostels in Florianópolis, Brazil – bookable with Culture Trip.
Florianópolis is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil. Part of the city is located on the mainland, but most travelers head for the island of Santa Catarina, which is just a short bus trip away. Known as Brazil’s “magic island,” Santa Catarina boasts a long Atlantic coastline and around 60 pristine beaches. The capital is also home to plenty of excellent hostels.
Located just two blocks back from Praia de Canasvieiras – a bustling urban beach offering a variety of water sports and beachfront bars and restaurants – this hostel is ideal for travelers looking to socialize. There’s a large outdoor pool, a terrace with a pool table, a backyard perfect for a friendly game of football and an on-site bar. There are eight dorm rooms, each with a shared bathroom, secure lockers and beds with individual lights. The staff can also help organize everything from boat trips and surf lessons to helicopter tours and paragliding.
Planning an extended stay in Florianópolis? Pup Hostel in the residential Agronômica neighborhood is the perfect mix of home comforts, fun and security for peace of mind – think a comfy shared living space with cable TV, video games, books and musical instruments. There are secure lockers in both the bedrooms and communal areas, a fully equipped kitchen with lockable cupboards, free wifi and on-site laundry. You can even hire a bike to make getting around the city a breeze. There’s also a mix of shared and private rooms to choose from.
This colorful, slightly ramshackle hostel is conveniently located close to the beach, bars, cafes and restaurants, and has relaxed surfer vibes. There’s a large pool and a fully equipped kitchen, as well as male and female shared dorms and private double rooms, all with air conditioning and wifi. The hostel also offers packages for travel from Buenos Aires, which include return tickets on a sleeper bus, seven nights accommodation including breakfast, travel insurance and a team member to coordinate the trip.
This hostel, on the island of Santa Catarina, channels the adventurous spirit of the Beat Generation and takes its name from Jack Kerouac’s well-known book On the Road. In keeping with this creative inspiration, there’s a collection of more than 300 vinyl records, a library, a bar with a pool table, a swimming pool and plenty of social spaces where you can relax and exchange stories with fellow travelers. The house is located just 50m (164ft) from Campeche Beach on the southeast coast, one of the island’s most popular surf beaches – and it’s within easy reach of the Lagoa da Conceição neighborhood, where you’ll discover a vibrant nightlife.
This pretty white hostel with pastel green shutters and rustic timber decking is located in Lagoa da Conceição – it’s close to some of the most beautiful beaches in Florianópolis, including Campeche, Barra da Lagoa, Mole beach and Joaquina. Let’s Go Hostel has the option of simple-yet-comfortable private rooms or shared dorms, and there are two shared bathrooms for use by all guests. One of the highlights here is the rooftop deck, which has views over the surrounding rooftops and through the trees to the ocean. The staff at the 24-hour front desk can also help organize day trips and recommend local restaurants and bars.
This friendly, award-winning hostel is located in the heart of the city at Lagoa da Conceição – just minutes to bars, restaurants and markets, and only 10 minutes by bus to the beach – and has been catering to backpackers for more than 12 years. The in-house chef prepares a menu of global dishes each evening for seriously affordable prices, and breakfast is a delicious buffet. Want to explore the region? The staff can help organize day trips to secret spots on and around the island. Every second Saturday in summer, the hostel hosts a pool party where guests can socialize before hitting the town.
One of the most famous tourist attractions in Florianópolis is the Hercílio Luz Bridge, the first bridge constructed to link the island of Santa Catarina to the mainland, and the longest suspension bridge in Brazil. This hostel, in a renovated house that dates back to 1919, is located directly in front of the bridge and boasts a barbecue area with unbeatable views of the historic landmark. The bedrooms all feature air conditioning, comfortable beds and secure cabinets to store personal belongings. It’s also just a five-minute walk to the nearest bus stop, making it easy to explore the island.
Nestled amidst a lushly planted garden and boasting timber decking and floor-to-ceiling windows, Windhouse Beach Hostel has serious treehouse vibes. The family-friendly hostel features a shared lounge, solarium, 24-hour reception, and has both private family rooms and shared dorm rooms. The contemporary building is ideally located for travelers wanting to explore the island’s dramatic natural landscape. It’s less than 1km (0.6mi) from Praia da Galheta, an unspoiled beach framed by green hills and imposing boulders, and is in an area known for its cycling trails. If you want to explore further afield, the hostel also has a car rental service.
If Florianópolis isn’t your only stop in Brazil, see the best hotels in the country for every type of traveller. Perhaps the nearby city Fortaleza takes your fancy – discover the range of places to stay there, now bookable via Culture Trip. You won’t be stuck on things to do here – Rio de Janeiro’s natural wonders will leave you in awe, whilst Ubatuba is more than just a surfer’s paradise with cultural attractions throughout the city. One thing you must try, however, is Brazil’s famed desserts.
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