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HOTELS
Baía Norte Othon Classic, Av. Beira Mar Norte 220, Centro. Tel: 3229-3144. Located in the center of the city, this gay-friendly hotel is a good business option, with plenty of leisure-oriented amenities. $125 and up. http://www.baianorte.com.br

Bistro Isadora Duncan, Rod. Jornalista Manuel de Menezes 2658, Barra da Lagoa. Tel: 3232-7210. Yes, it may be a restaurant with just one guest room, but it’s a lovely, unpretentious place with a canopied bed and a balcony with a romantic Jacuzzi that’s perfect for viewing the sunset over Conceição lake. $241 and up. http://www.bistroisadoraduncan.com.br

Costão do Santinho Resort, Golf & Spa, Estrada Vereador Onildo Lemos 2505, Praia do Santinho. Tel: 3261-1944. The largest resort on the island, this property has a marina, multiple bars and restaurants, shopping, and convention and meeting space. From $151. http://www.costao.com

Il Campanario, Av. dos Búzios, 1760, Jurerê Internacional. Tel: 3261-6000. The newest large hotel in the toney Jurerê Internacional development, Il Campanario has 256 traditionally styled rooms on a prized beachfront location, plus a pool and children’s club. $86 and up. http://www.ilcampanario.com.br

Ilha do Papagayo, Papagayo Island. Tel: 286-1242. This casually elegant property, set on its own island off of Praia do Sonho Beach, has private bungalows with beautiful water views. $110 and up. http://www.papagaio.com.br

Majestic Palace, Av. Beira Mar Norte 2746, Centro. Tel: 3231-8000. A spa, fitness center, business center, meeting space, and proximity to a large shopping mall and other businesses make this one of the best-equipped hotels downtown. $136 and up. http://www.majesticpalace.com.br

Mercure Apartments Florianopolis Lindacap, Rua Felipe Schmidt 1102, Centro. Tel: 3225-4500. This 88-room modern tower, located downtown, has three meeting rooms, a swimming pool, bar, and restaurant. $55 and up. http://www.accorhotels.com

Pousada dos Chás, Rua Francisco Gouvêa 54, Jurerê. Tel: 3282-9112. This former beach house offers afternoon tea service and has a seven-person Jacuzzi, massage room, and guest rooms with cable TV and mini refrigerators. Included in the room rate is afternoon tea, bird watching, use of the DVD library, and wireless Internet access. Rooms are simple yet elegant. $53 and up per person, based on double occupancy. http://www.pousadadoschas.com.br

Pousada Natur Campeche, Servidão Familia Nunes 59, Praia do Campeche. Tel: 3237-4011. Each room at this attractive property is colorfully decorated with an eclectic array of travel souvenirs from a different destination, including Spain, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, and elsewhere in Brazil. It’s walking distance to Campeche Beach. $80 and up. http://www.naturcampeche.com.br

Praia Mole Eco Village Resort and Spa, Rodovia Manoel de Menezes, 2001 - Lagoa, Tel: 3239-7500. One of the best-located properties for anyone planning to spend time at the gay beach, Praia Mole Eco Village features an attractive heated indoor swimming pool, gym, spa treatments, and both guest rooms and bungalows. Once a year, this becomes the gay hot spot when The Week nightclub descends during Carnaval. Doubles from $118. http://www.praiamole.com.br

Pousada Pau de Canela, Rua Pau de Canela, 606, Rio Tavares. Tel: 3233-4989. On Campeche Beach, this pleasant former home features suites with wireless Internet and hydromassage tubs. $48 and up. http://www.pousadapaudecanela.com.br

Sofitel Florianopolis, Av. Rubens Arruda Ramos, 2034, Centro. Tel: 3202-6100. Clean, crisp décor characterizes this attractive downtown property, which has 115 rooms, a spa, fitness center, and meeting space. $100 and up. http://www.accorhotels.com


RESTAURANTS
Ancoradouro Ingleses, Centrinho da praia de Ingleses. Tel: 3369-6060. This casual restaurant specializes in seafood, served in a pleasant beachfront location. http://www.ancoradouroingleses.com.br

Bianco Lounge, Rua Bocaiúva 1761, Centro. Tel: 3209-3777. This fashionable restaurant serves contemporary Italian cuisine, and also has a comfy lounge area for cocktails. http://www.biancolounge.com.br

Bistro Isadora Duncan, Rod. Jornalista Manuel de Menezes 2658, Barra da Lagoa. Tel: 3232-7210. This lovely, antiques-furnished house offers a romantic setting for dinner, either in the dining room by the fireplace or on the veranda overlooking the lake. Gay-owned. http://www.bistroisadoraduncan.com.br

Café de la Musique, Av. dos Merlins S/N, Jurerê Internacional. Tel: 3282-1325. Part restaurant, part bar, part open-air nightclub, this is where the rich and beautiful party and refuel during and after a day on the beach. Stake a place on one of the Bali-bed style lounges and do some serious people watching. http://www.praiacafedelamusique.com.br

Porto do Contrato, Rod. Balicero Filomeno 5544, Ribeirão da Ilha. Tel: 3337-1026. Tasty seafood and other dishes are served at this casually elegant waterfront restaurant where the view is as big a draw as the cuisine. http://www.portodocontrato.com.br


GAY LIFE
Bar do Deca, Rua Rita Lourenço Da Silveira, 97, Praia Mole. Tel: 3233-6507. This beachfront gay bar, right in the gay section of Mole beach, is a nice place to have a caipirinha and soak up some sun as you check out the tiny bathing suits.

Concorde Club, Av. Rio Branco 729, Centro. Tel: 3222-1981. Two dance floors, four bars, and a VIP area make this laser-light-imbued place, complete with a rotating dance floor, one of the liveliest choices for gay night owls. http://www.concordeclub.com.br

Jivago Lounge, Rua Deputado Leoberto Leal 04, Centro. Tel: 3028-0788. This small, style-conscious, gay-friendly nightspot attracts a good-looking young crowd of men and women. It’s not exclusively gay, but attracts plenty. http://www.jivagolounge.com

Mix Café Club, Rua Menino Deus 47, Centro. Tel: 3324-0102. This lively gay nightclub has plenty of room for dancing and hosts live drag shows. http://www.mixcafe.com.br

Termas Hangar, Rua Henrique Valgas 112, Centro. Tel: 3028-8889. This clean, modern gay sauna is open daily from 3 P.M. until 11 P.M. http://www.aquirola.com/hangar


INFORMATION
Embratur (Brazilian Tourism Office). Tel: 3429-7774. http://www.braziltour.com

Guia Gay Brasil: Brazil’s largest gay info site has helpful listings about Florianopolis. http://www.guiagaybrasil.com.br

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