This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Praia do Rosa. To help you make friends with Praia do Rosa before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Praia do Rosa is a quaint beachside village in the Imbituba municipality of Brazil. What was once a fishermen’s village has slowly morphed into a surfing town. While fishing season lasts only from May to June, other activities draw tourists to this beach resort all year long. Whereas summer time is high season for surfers and all seekers of fun in the sun, between August and November visitors arrive in hopes of spotting many whales.
While the village is close to other towns, it can be difficult to secure transportation at times. Traveling during high season and during the day is your best bet. Most tourists arrive via the airport in Florianópolis, which is just 56 miles (90 kilometers) away. Many hostels in Praia do Rosa offer to help with airport pick-up and drop-off as well.
Once you have arrived in the beachside village, you will want to check into some kind of accommodations. If you are watching your budget, then you are fortunate because there are numerous hostels and pousadas available. Most of the Praia do Rosa hostels are ideally situated somewhat uphill, right between the village center and the beach below. Guest reviews repeatedly mention cleanliness, a fun vibe, and warm hosts as the main reasons they love to stay in the hostels in Praia do Rosa. Delectable breakfasts, bedding, fans, and wifi, albeit inconsistent, tend to be included in the price of a hostel bed. Some locations even have an onsite pool. The best part, however, might be the many balconies and verandas equipped with hammocks for a relaxing nap and a gorgeous view toward the beach at the bottom of the hill.
The beach is certainly the main attraction of the village. Depending on the location, you can encounter the ideal waves for devoted surfing fans, a quiet cove, or huts and umbrellas for a leisure afternoon of listening to the sea and reading a summer novel.
Ibiraquera Lagoon is another attraction and a perfect option for families with children. Calm water and continuous winds allow for activities such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. Adventurers may choose to walk the trails in search of refreshing waterfalls, natural pools, and tons of exotic birds. Horse riding, bicycling, and motocross are other sports to be pursued. The wildest fun occurs during Carnival as well as on New Year’s Eve, when fireworks and a party liven up the lagoon.
Once you have had your fun in the sand, you can return to your hostel and get ready for a night out on the town. Several restaurants offering international as well as local fare are at your disposal, ready to impress your taste buds. There are also several clubs featuring reggae, samba rock, and other music to set the mood for the perfect exotic vacation.
Written by local enthusiast for Praia do Rosa hostelsJakob Lombardi