Praia da Joaquina, Florianópolis is known for its massive sand dunes and fantastic waves. This beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island and is a must see if you are visiting Ilha de Santa Catarina. The infrastructure here has been built-out for tourism; there’s a considerable amount of parking, hotels, bars, restaurants, lifeguards, restrooms, and public showers at Praia Joaquina.
Praia da Joaquina, Ilha de Santa Catarina is a place for fun, sun and surf. Located on the eastern side of Ilha de Santa Catarina (Praia Joaquina leste da Ilha Florianopolis), it is a surfers paradise. The waves at Praia da Joaquina are ideal for surfing and it has been host to several international surfing championships. So expect to seat least a few of well-chiseled surfer-types hanging around.
The vibe a Joaquina has been changing over the past few years, moving away from the young party crowd and becoming more and more a family oriented beach. You can rent chairs and umbrellas for about R$10 and there are plenty of food vendors and restaurants to take care of your basic needs. There are 3 restaurants at Joaquina that essentially all have the same seafood heavy menu and extremely high prices. The north end of the beach, the side closest to the access road, is often packed with chairs, umbrellas and people swimming in the water. The water is crisp and excellent for cooling off or taking a nice long swim.
At night Joaquina is completely flat (no activity). After all of the days beach-goers have gone, the place becomes very quiet and peaceful. There is no nightlife in Joaquina, but it’s only about a 10 min drive to Lagoa da Conceicao which offer’s the most nightlife per square mile in all of Ilha de Santa Catarina. Therefore staying at a hotel in Joaquina is not a bad option providing you have a car.
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Praia da Joaquina Beach
The beach at Joaquina is 3 km long, fairly wide and is great for sun bathing and swimming. The big draw to Praia da Joaquina may not be what’s on land, but the waves in the water. Surfers flock to Joaquina for her consistent waves perfect for surfing.
Surfing Praia da Joaquina
Surfing a Praia da Joaquina is a big draw for most. The Easy Surf shop has lots of equipment and can help out with any surf related questions you might have.
Joaquina Surf Escola rents boards and offer surf courses. Take a 1hr 15 min course for R$50 or a 3hr course for R$130. Daily classes at 9AM, 11AM, 2PM and 4:30 PM.
Dune Surfing Praia da Joaquina
The dunes at Joaquina have inspired a crazy new sport: Sand Surfing. Rent a board and take it up to the top and give it a go – it’s a total blast!
Rock Climbing Praia da Joaquina
Climb the rocks on the north end of the beach and catch a wonderful photo opt with a panoramic view of the beach.
Praia da Joaquina Shopping
Joaquina is also a great place to do some souvenir shopping at a variety of local gift shops.
Aloha Palms Pousada – simple and cheap. email@example.com
Cris Hotel – Located right on the beach, on the access road. Tel 3232 5104
Joaquina Beach Hotel – simple, clean, affordable rooms located steps from the beach. Located on the access road next to the beach. Tel: +55 (48) 3232 5059