Ilha da Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Naufragados Beach, Floripa
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.
Ilha de Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Do you remember that list I made back in January about my top ten dream trips of 2011? Well I finally made it to number one, the incredible island of Santa Catarina, known affectionately as Floripa for its main city Florianopolis. I had intended to arrive in time for the great oyster festival, but I screwed up the dates somehow.
Sailor waiter at Ostradamus
Oyster festival or not, the region of Santa Catarina is still the oyster capital of Brazil, and I wasn’t going to leave without slurping down some juicy bivalves. So when we passed the famous Ostradamus oyster restaurant on our way to the isolated Naufragados beach (more to come about that) we made a b-line for the front door. We were told by one of the captains/waitstaff (all the “crew” were kitted up in white sailor suits) that the wait would be about 25 minutes but to please stick around and enjoy some complimentary oysters and shrimp while we waited. Obviously we weren’t going to turn down an offer like that!
Oysters at Ostradamus
When our table was ready, one of the sailors seated us by a window that looked out over the water and the many rugged oyster beds. We started with a dozen fat oysters and a plate full of spicy steamed shrimp, followed by a heaping bowl of rice, mussels, more oysters, and octopus. We clinked our glasses of brut rosé together in celebration of our own little oyster festival.
Front of the Restaurant Ostradamus
Practical Info: Ostradamus Ribeirao. The specialty is oysters served in every way imaginable, raw on a bed of ice, smothered in cheese, doused in garlic, whatever way you could possibly imagine. Lunch for two with champagne around 150 reals (85 USD). Open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 11pm, Sunday from noon till 6pm, and closed Saturday. Address: Rua Baldicero Filomeno 7640. Reiberao da Ilha Florianopolis. Telephone: +55 48 3337 5711.