In Search of the Perfect Beach (Floripa)
Ilha da Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Whether surfing, swimming, sunbathing, or strutting your scantily clad bottom be your persuasion, Floripa has the beach for you. With over 40 beaches each with its own unique virtues, it’s hard to say which one is the best. But if beautiful and totally remote are your thing, then you’d probably say Naufragados.
Located on the extreme southern tip of the island, access to the beach is rather limited. When you can’t drive any farther south, dump the car and pick up a foot path that will wind you up and down a slippery hillside for about 45 minutes. When you pass a shack made out of glass bottles cemented together like bricks, you’ll know you’re close. When the jungle finally releases you, you’ll be greeted by chickens and a couple of feral looking horses as they comb a pristine strip of sand protected on either side by mountainous jungle. Gentle waves invite you in for a dip, and even though the springtime water is still cool, you’ll love every minute of it.