Ilha de Santa Catarina has a vivacious and diverse shoreline, from the tranquil, jam-packed bays of the north, to the untamed, cliff-clinching seashores of the south. It’s not just the beaches that make this isle so captivating. Forests of protected pines defend the east coast, while the mounds close to Praia da Joaquina fashion stellar scenery. The bristle of mountains, abundant with the Mata Atlântica, plunges sharply along to the attractive Lagoa da Conceição. The doorway to the islet is Florianópolis, opinionated capital of Santa Catarina and edifying capital of southern Brazil. The north of the islet margins on being urbanized, and the shoreline of Lagoa da Conceição are teeming with restaurants, hotels and pubs.