Florianopolis Brazil | Island Retreat


How I found Florianopolis Brazil – Island Retreat

In the year of 2004 I was living in "The OC", it was the eighth year that I had been hustling, chasing the dollar in exchange for spending too much time on the freeway, not having enough time for friends or family and just not living the life I wanted to live. Maybe you can relate?

That Fall I decided that it was time for a change, a BIG change! So I got rid of my BMW, put everything I owned in storage and began a life changing sabbatical, leaving the Southern California "rat-race" in search of a more enjoyable lifestyle experience.

I grew up loving outdoor sports and wanted to spend more time being active, especially with surfing and snow skiing. I was yearning for a tropical surf adventure, but the winter season was approaching, so I decided to hit the "reset button" and went back to being a ski instructor at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to begin my sabbatical. There I met a beautiful and exotic looking girl who came to work the winter season. She was unlike any girl I had met before, she had silky, beach sand color hair, perfect skin, a big, beautiful smile and green eyes. I asked where she was from, "Floripa" she said (Florianopolis is affectionately known as 'Floripa' by the locals.) Needless to say, I ended up traveling to Florianopolis, Brazil for a visit and fell in Love with the island retreat referred to as the "Magical Island".

Meet Martina from Florianopolis

Florainopolis Surfer Girl

I ended up spending years living and travelling all over Brazil and other countries in South America. Before I couldn't even spell 'Concierge', now I are one with Brazilian tourism and the rest is history. :)

The Lay of the Florianopolis

Visiting Florianopolis


Exploring  Florianopolis, or Floripa is an experience unlike any other. It is the "magical island" located in the south of Brazil. It reminded me of Maui at first glance, but once you dive into the Brazilian culture it truly sets itself apart from any other tropical island in the world. Florianopolis has become one of the most desirable destinations in Brazil for travelers who are looking for pristine beaches, beautiful scenery, interesting culture and friendly people. As the capital of Santa Catarina, one of the most prosperous per capita states in Brazil, it is long been known to affluent South Americans as a wonderful vacation destination. Florianopolis is also favored with an organized and very safe metropolitan environment, which helps to explain why for several years in a row now it has been named as the city with the best quality of life in Brazil by the local news.

The New York Times reported that "Florianopolis is the Party Destination of the Year in 2009." on January 11, 2009. Newsweek placed Florianopolis in the "Ten most dynamic cities of the world" list in 2006. Veja magazine, a Brazilian publication, named the city as "the best place to live in Brazil." As a result of this publicity, Florianopolis is growing as a second home destination for many Paulistas, Argentines, U.S. citizens and Europeans.

Florianopolis has also long been well known to uncompromising surfers from around the world as a leading destination for a surf adventure in Brazil, favored with some of the greatest and most regular breaks you’ll find anywhere. Florianopolis even currently hosts WCT and WQS (the qualifying event for the WCT) pro surf tour events, it's a no-brainer destination for die-hard surfers.

Not a surfer, nor speak Portuguese? No worries! No longer is this gem of a island and lifestyle paradise just for jet-set South Americans and pro surfers – The New Lifestyle Secrets group will give you the key to enjoying Floripa like an insider! We wi'll help you with the entire experience, from arranging the right flight and accommodations, to touring the island and experiencing the nightlife!

Things to do in Florianopolis


There's a huge array of  sports and activity options in Florianopolis. Whether you need a day of rest on a warm sandy beach people watching or looking for a new adventure to make your holiday experience that much more extraordinary, you've come to the Magic Island where all your dreams can come true! Well, maybe not, but close I'm sure!!!

Florianopolis sports and activities:

  • Surfing tour – a local surf-guide could show you the best surf spots on the island.
  • Kite-surfing either in the ocean or in the Lagoa – kite boarding is an incredible rush and should not be missed. Beginner lessons available.
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for beginners to black belts, learn advanced techniques of the world's most effective martial art.
  • Windsurfing in the beautiful Lagoa da Conceição lagoon or on the open ocean at Praia Mole beach. 
  • Sandboarding in the sand dunes near Joaquina beach. Think snowboarding minus cold and snow, plus bikinis and shorts.
  • Motorcycle tours with rentals located in the Lagoa town center.
  • Para-gliding off of the cliffs high above Praia Mole beach or off the famous Morro da Lagoa — you won't find a more stunning view anywhere in Florianopolis, or perhaps the entire world for that matter. 
  • Paragliding over Florianopolis
  • Snorkeling and diving with absolutely incredible marine wildlife just a short distance off the coast of Florianopolis accessible by boat.
  • Boat tours to charming fishing villages inaccessible by car or deserted island paradises.
  • River rafting tours just an hour outside of Florianopolis.
  • Ecological hikes that take you to the edge of breathtaking cliffs and through lush green forests in remote parts of the island.
  • Yoga and Pilates available on Praia Mole beach or in the nearby Lagoa town center.
  • Swimming in deep rocky ravines and caves where natural springs are fed by seasonal waterfalls.
  • Massage Therapy at a choice of indoor/outdoor massage studios in Praia Mole beach and the Lagoa town center.
  • Nightlife Concierge – The city of Florianopolis is quite modern, with large shopping malls, chain and high-end restaurants, many glamorous bars and nightclubs. A local guide will accompany you to show you the locals' best club scene, Samba bar, restaurants and more!
  • Sun Bathing :) – You have the opportunity to soak up the sun on a different beach everyday while you are in Floripa! There are so many beautiful beaches laden with so many beautiful people that you will have a hard time deciding on which beach you had the most fun at and which one to go back to!

As you can see there are so many things to do in Floripa that it's impossible for an outsider to schedule every day out ahead of time before you get there, so New Lifestyle Secrets will get you set up and started off on the right foot for an amazing vacation in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Here is a short video telling more facts about Florianopolis, Brazil and why it's also a perfect place for a mastermind retreat!


We can arrange any type accommodation you or your group would prefer, whether it be a vacation home or hotel.

Florianopolis warmest and most happening months are January, February and March

(Summer in South America)

Florianopolis Retreat Info

  • Visa processing and Round-trip flight booking assistance*
  • 10 days, 9 nights in Florianopolis
  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival you are greeted by your New Lifestyle Secrets host
  • Local cell phones for the duration of your trip, making staying in touch easy
  • Premium accommodations walking distance to beach
  • Churrasco (Brazilian BBQ) orientation dinner the night you arrive with your Host and Guide  
  • Round the clock 24-hour personal guide and concierge service, let us know what you need and we will make it happen!
  • VIP Nights, access to the hottest clubs. You get in as a VIP, no line and no charge
  • Any and all activities listed above (weather permitting)

Contact Us for more info and arranging an adventure trip for you and your group to Florianopolis, Brazil.

Author Sandro Marino

Sandro Marino - Dual Citizen, Multilingual, World Traveling Serial Entrepreneur, Concierge, Speaker, Coach, Blogger, Health & Fitness Guru, Expert Snow Skier, Surfer & Beach Lover

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