One big reason that Florianopolis has shown up on the international travel map in recent years is its dedication to nightlife as we all have envisioned it, especially from December to March, when the weather is perfect and the hordes of party-goers descend upon the city. Many establishments open up shop on the beach during the summer, while you'll also find consistent watering holes and live music around the Lagoa da Conceição, which is located at the center of Santa Catarina Island, and in downtown Florianopolis.
Downtown, particular around the central Avenida Rio Branco, is a safe bet for a handful of dance clubs and laid back bars, although stand-outs like El Divino and Scuna Bar can be sought out within a few blocks. Then again, head west to the island lake, Lagoa da Conceição, for the highest nightlife concentration. The Avenida das Rendeiras is the main street here, running along the lake and home to Peixe Frito and Chico's, among a handful of other bars with a view of the lake.
During the summer, a bunch of beach parties start up. Head to Praia Mole or Praia Brava for a fun time imbibing in the sand, while there is no question that the Warong Beach Club at the northern tip of Santa Catarina Island is the best dance party around. Of course, you're also going to get the best DJ's and lounge-style clubs if you've got a bit more cash to toss around at the Jurere Beach Resort, where the mega-complex Music Park is where the trust fund kids and wanna-be's wear shirts worth your entire wardrobe. Get dancing and sweat all over them.
On a final note, it may be worth it to head out of Florianopolis to nightlife resort mecca Balneário Camboriú (about an hour's drive north) or the incredible experience that is Green Valley, which has been voted one of the best clubs on Earth (eat it, Ibiza!). No matter your choice, there is no doubt that Floripo is an excellent nightlife destination without the pressures of a big city atmosphere. Continue to browse for more trip ideas, travel pictures, and much more.