Thursday, 30 July 2009

Florianopolis for Gay Girls

In recent edition, Diva Magazine, the leading lesbian mag in the United Kingdom, published a feature written by our director Lesley Cushing about what lesbians can do in Florianopolis... Check it out!

Florianopolis, Brazil

Southern Brazil’s beautiful, laid-back island city

We’d wake up at Majestic Palace, a gay-friendly hotel downtown. The rooms have beautiful views of the bay. After breakfast, we’ll go on a fascinating walking tour of the old part of town.

Visit the old customs house for local arts and crafts, then the fish market, making a quick stop at BOX 32 Seafood Bar for prawn-filled pasties and an icy chopp (Brazilian draught beer).

Drive to Lagoa da Conceição neighbourhood, a trendy and bohemian area of the island. We’d stop at the viewpoint at the top of the mountains for great views of the lagoon and the East Coast beaches. Then we’d head to Lagoa for coffee & cakes at
one of the many friendly cafes. I’d take you shopping for aBrazilian bikini (or a surf board!) before hitting the beach.

It’s a short hop to the gayest beaches in town along the short trail to Galheta, a gorgeous naturist beach. Then we’d spend the rest of the afternoon people-watching at Bar do Deca in Praia Mole. This is the summer hang-out for local lesbians.

Drive to the south of the Island to the old Azorean Village of Ribeirão. Enjoy great oysters and a caipirinha at the pier of Ostradamus, while watching the sunset. A lovely, romantic way to end the day – before the night gets started!

Pre-clubbing drinks at one of the most gay-friendly bars in
town – check local sites or the best options.

Go to Mix Café club for the best gay night out in town or, if you are in town on the first Friday of the month, check out the Perversion party – the biggest party for gay girls in South Brazil!

•For more info on gay and lesbian life in Florianopolis visit our web site,

Lesley Cushing is a director of a travel company, and lives on the island city of Florianopolis in south Brazil. She says, ‘It has gorgeous beaches,beautiful nature, and good weather all year around. It is a very laid back city and a friendly place for lesbians to live and work’.

May 2009 - Diva - p.69

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