Armacao (Portuguese: Armação) is a quaint fishing village located in the southern part of Florianopolis and still holds true to its traditional fishing roots. The word Armação means "whale trap" and the village was founded by the Armação whaling company in 1772. Here in Armacao traditional fishermen, tourists and surfers coexist in one of the most beautiful locations on Ilha Santa Catarina. Armacao offers access to three beaches all of which are excellent for surfing (Morro das Pedras, Praia da Armacao and Praia Matadeiro) and a fresh water lake.
Although a small village, restaurants and hotels are open year around in this picturesque town and it’s well worth a visit. The vibe in Armacao is considerably more relaxed than the northern part of the island and it’s a great place to be if you’re seeking a more traditional look into life on Santa Catarina Island.
Distance from Centro: 25 Km / 16 miles
Surfing in Armacao is a big draw. The northern end of Morro das Pedras has some narly waves –the so called Caldeirão- that attract surfers from all over the island. The southern end of the beach you can find calmer waters, however note that the water is quite a bit cooler then the beaches in the north of the island.
The waves are Materdeiro are consistently good and its crescent shaped beach is a beautiful spot to sunbath and relax.
Whale watching excursions are offered in Armacao during the winter months (June - August).
While you're in Armacao check out the Sant'Anna Church which was founded in 1772 and constructed by the Armacao Whaling Company.
Photography in Armacao is popular as there are traditional fishing boats docked at the beach and beautiful natural landscapes.
Take a boat to Ilha do Campeche. Boats run regularly during the summer months and Ilha do Campeche is definitely worth a look.