where to stay:
Pousada Santerina: Located right on the Lago de Conceiçao in Florianópolis, this sweet little spot with great ratings will be the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day in the sun. Owners Simone and Miguel cater to your every need, making sure you stay in nothing but incredible. This charming guesthouse is surrounded by gardens with pebble walkways and colorful flowers. Rooms in Pousada Santerina have warm colonial decor, large mirrors, and rustic wood furniture. Reasonable pricing as well. Click here to learn more and book a room http://www.rio.com/brazil-hotels/pousada-santarina
Beach House Rental: Located between Campeche and Morro das Pedras in Florianópolis, this 2 bed/2 bath sleeps 4 people and will make you feel as if you are at home. Close to supermarkets so that you may cook at home during your vacation, with a grill and full kitchen available for your use. The perfect place for you and your family to stay- enjoy the afternoons sitting around on the deck or laying in hammocks while enjoying fresh fruit juice. Available for $124 USD/night, inquire here for booking http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g303576-d7742434-Perfect_House_in_Florianopolis-Florianopolis_State_of_Santa_Catarina.html
where to eat:
Café Cultura: Floripa's best coffee is served in this renovated neocolonial building, roasted in-house by an ex-Starbucks barista from California. Healthy breakfast, salads, paninis, and waffles round out an excellent fare. Not only a great place to stop in for lunch, but an option for dinner as well- serving tender, juicy cuts of filet mignon and an array of soups. You'll certainly feel at home with the large menu of coffee options and impeccable presentation of coffee.
Casarão: Housed in an old colonial building, this breezy place has a huge perkilo buffet an an al a carte menu in the evenings. Live music at night will round out a perfect dinner and prepare you for a night on the town. Authentic Brazilian cuisine is offered and median priced dishes that won't break the bank.