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São Francisco do Sul is the oldest city in Santa Catarina and the third oldest in Brazil. Situated on the island of São Francisco, it lies just west of Joinville and 200km north of Florinopolis.

Historic Centre

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  • Centro. The historic centre of the town offers an excellent demonstration of Portuguese architecture, preserved by Brazil’s heritage trust.
  • Museu Nacional do Mar. Tells the history of Brazilian navigation through replica model ships, included is a replica of the ship in which the navigator Amyr Klink sailed across the Atlantic from Africa.


  • Praia da Enseada
  • Praia da Saudade / Prainha
  • Praia do Ervino
  • Praia Grande
  • Praia do Molhe
  • Ubatuba
  • Praia de Itaguaçu
  • Praia do Forte
  • Balneário de Capri
  • Praia do Calixto
  • Praia do Salão
  • Praia da Figueira
  • Praia dos Ingleses


Boats leave regularly from the city centre to see the diverse islands of Baiada Babitonga (situated between São Francisco do Sul and Joinville).





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