Praia Joaquina, also known as Praia Joaca, is one of the most important spots in Florianopolis, the capital of Santa Catarina State in southern Brazil. With the millenary rocks on the left, the colour of the water and the big dunes are unique elements that make Praia Joaquina unmistakeable and is why it’s one of the most beautiful and most popular beaches in Floripa. It’s always lively, especially at the weekends when you can enjoy the authentic Brazilian beach atmosphere. Santa Catarina’s international airport Hercílio Luz is only half an hour away from Avenida Prefeito Acácio Garibaldi, which leads to Praia Joaquina. At the beach there is a parking area, a bus line, toilets, bars, leisure centres and surf schools with board rentals if necessary.
The history of surfing in Joaquina began in the seventies with Celso Ramos who they say was the first surfer there. He was later joined by legends like Betinho Rodrigues, Niltinho Ramos and Ricardo Schoreder. The mid seventies was a very important time as it’s when the legend Fernando Moniz and Piu Surfboards, the shaper Paulinho Guinle’s brand, were feeling the sensation of the era and boosted modern surfing in Floripa. The surf competitions were somewhat normal in Joaquina and in 1976 they celebrated the first surf festival in Florianópolis. Hundreds of surfers gathered at Joaquina for ‘I Rock, Surf e Brotos’ and from then on the spot became the centre of the surf culture in Florianópolis.
Nowadays Joaquina is very well known for having hosted important international competitions, like the WCT stop which was won by Taj Burrow in 2004. This place has forged Catarinense legends like David Huzadel, Luan Wood, the brothers Neco and Flavio Padarazt, youngsters like Tomas Hermes, Tanio Barreto and WCT riders like Alejo Muniz along with other promising youngsters like Marina Rezende, Yago Dora and Lucas Silveira. This beach stretches across 3 km and is between 10 and 70 metres wide depending on the tide. It enjoys a good climate all year round with an average temperature of around 21°C. It could rain at any time of the year but there is less chance between June and August, besides, this is also the best time for waves.