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Joaquina Beach

Joaquina Beach

Florianopolis - Santa Catarina - South Brazil, Brazil


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.


Praia Joaquina is a consistent beach break with good peaks along the whole of the beach and despite the crowds, with a little patience you can get quieter sessions, nevertheless next to Joaquina, a few minutes north, you’ll find Moçambique, Praia Mole and Galheta and Barra da Lagoa, the best for beginners. Other nearby spots which are further south are Santinho, Praia Brava, Morro das Pedras and Matadeiro. There are still more options, if you go out of Floripa towards the south you’ll find known spots like Praia da Silveira, Praia Rosa and the famous Imbituba which hosted a WCT event in 2008.


The best time of year is between April and October, during winter in the South Atlantic, as it’s when Joaquina is very consistent and works with any type of swell or tide. For many, the best months are March and April as the water is still warm, the summer crowds begin to leave Floripa, the banks are perfect and the first swells arrive. Between April and October you can be assured of waves and it’s out of season which is beneficial to your wallet. August, September and October are the most consistent months with regards to surfing but they are the most unpleasant with regards to the weather compared to the rest of the year, although having waves and a light wetsuit is enough to make up for this.

The main peak, on the left side, is a point break with lefts called Pico da Pedra do Careca and it works best from half a metre to two metres, with E swell and N winds. It can reach three metres if it’s very good quality and is the most popular peak with the locals. The other options are the beach breaks that extend towards the south. The rights are better on the inside and there can be good barrels with a S or SW swell. In the summer there is a NE swell and it occasionally gives good waves but it’s less consistent. One thing that is important to know is that the winds are very variable and change quickly. You need to take this into account because a fantastic morning can change completely within minutes.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
  • Wind
    NW - SW
  • Tide
  • Swell
    E - S
  • Bottom
  • Size
    1 to 6 ft
  • Time of year
    From March to September
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