03/29/2008 85 °F
From Buenos Aires, we fly north to Santa Catarina Island in the south of Brazil. Our first stop is at the resort of Costão do Santinho, where we can just relax at the beach or drive around this very beautiful island. The white sand beaches are set against the lush hills, the weather is warm and humid and the water is tropical.
The beach in Brazil has everything - food, drink, and lots of people enjoying its pleasures. There are many surfers as this appears to be a very popular surf break; we met a Californian in Uruguay who was on his way to surf here.
At the center of Sant Catarina is the large city of Florianopolis with a population of close to one million. We have time to explore its wonderful public market as well as visit the outlying areas of the island and its small fishing villages.
A highlight of our visit is being invited to dinner by former Field Paoli intern Marina Horta and her husband Rodrigo in their Florianopolis apartment. We join the whole family (Marina´s dad is in the photo) and have a delicious and enjoyable evening.