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Explore & Stay: Brazil

 

 

Florianópolis, Brazil
 

Florianópolis is the capital city and second largest city of Santa Catarina, a state in the Southern region of Brazil. It is composed of one main island, the Island of Santa Catarina, a continental area and many surrounding small islands. The city is known for having a very high quality of life, being the Brazilian capital city with the highest Human Development Index score.

 

Start dreaming about “Floripa” and find the ideal budget to enjoy the Island. You can choose amongst many hostels, Inns and Pousadas around. A diversity of businesses cater to extended stay in apartments and condos. Click here to see more.

 

In fact, here´s a tip: a budget of $40 dollars or R$100 reais a day can buy you bed, breakfast, shower at a Hostel by the beach and food, of course. Get in line and save; you can also try the “lanchonetes” which sell sandwiches, delicious milk shakes, açai juices, bottled water and more for decent prices which will not break your savings account.

 

Now let´s add: Bed R$40 with free breakfast + R$10 for food +R$12 Public Transportation to take you to other beaches in the area+ Snacks, juices, bottled water, R$18. And you can still invest R$20 on a round trip boat ride to Costa da Lagoa. How about a drink at your Hostel? The first one at happy hour is free. Does it look attractive? So, pack and go.

 

To spend a few days at the beach, especially during peak season, you must prepare in advance. Check local transportation, airport, roads if you decide to drive and the rodoviária (Bus station). It´s Ok to spend a few hours to get to the beaches after you land or bus-ride to the beaches of Florianópolis.  It will all depend where you choose to stay and go. Traffic can be jammed anytime during the day from the continent to the best shores during peak season. Try to find a nice place and stay there at least a couple of days or more if you can. So you don´t have to move too much around.  If you can spare 10 days to enjoy “Floripa”, you will be blessed. Believe me, so many attractions...

 

Visit Florianópolis, a beachgoer, surfer´s and diver´s paradise. A wonderful place to meet people. 

 

 Joaquina Beach, one of the most visited.

Lagoinha Beach

One of the trips we took to Campeche Island.

 

Nádia Figueiredo

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BIO: Nádia Figueiredo, brazilian singer and songwriter was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. She started singing and playing popular guitar at the age of 10, and was soon participating in music festivals at school, and winning awards with songs of her own. She began her studies in classical guitar when she was 14. She has an undergraduate degree in Advertising and Postgraduate studies in Performing Arts. Nádia has also participated as a model in several advertising campaigns in Brazil, Mexico and Chile. In 2008 she began to study lyric singing, receiving praise for her voice timbre and vocal extension. She has abundantly demonstrated artistic creativity and the ability to sing in several languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, French, Hebrew, Latin, Russian, Hindi, and Esperanto. In 2013 one of her compositions, regarding global warming, was the theme of the exhibition "Avannaa: Pictures and Icons" at the Orient Museum in Moscow. In the same year, she made a guest appearance in the TV Globo’s 9 PM program, "Amor à Vida", singing the aria "O del mio dolce ardor" from the opera “Paride and Elena” by Christoph Willibald von Gluck. In 2014 her composition in Esperanto achieved international recognition, playing on Polish radio and being considered by international Esperantists as one of the most beautiful songs in Esperanto presented in their language, and with perfect pronunciation. In November, 2016, she was awarded the Maestro Gomes Medal and the title of Comendadora by the Brazilian Society of Arts, Culture and Education. In April, 2017, she received the Fifth Medal of the UN International Peace Forces. In May 2017, Nádia participated in the European tour of Brazilian singer, Daniel, singing next to him the song "Con te Partirò" in the Coliseu de Lisboa, the Coliseu do Porto and Casino Figueira da Foz in Portugal. In the same month, Nádia made a tour of major Brazilian theaters together with Plácido Domingo Jr., son of the tenor Plácido Domingo. Currently recording a CD and preparing for upcoming live performances. FAVORITE QUOTES "Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend." LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN "There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres." PYTHAGORAS "Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." LAO TZU "Never underestimate anyone."

Jamaica

In Love with Negril, Jamaica

Negril is a place of such simple, yet surreal beauty. Hotels and restaurants are built into the area’s rocky cliffs and the brightly painted vending stalls and shacks only add to the town’s charisma and laid-back charm. Even if you can’t cross all the activities off our list, you’ll enjoy every minute of exploring this tiny paradise.  One of Jamaica’s most beautiful beaches is actually only four miles long, but it seems to go on much farther as the gentle lapping of crystal blue water wraps around the white sand coastline.  Read More on https://theculturetrip.com/caribbean/jamaica/articles/10-things-to-do-in-negril/

Buzzing nightlife, beautiful beaches, fun-filled watersports and friendly locals – Negril, Jamaica, has something for every type of holidaymaker. With so much on offer, it can be difficult to choose what do and see.  To help you decide, we have put together a list of the best things to do in Negril Jamaica to make your trip unforgettable.

The Blue Hole Mineral Spring

Located in the hills, the Blue Hole Mineral Spring is one of the best off the beaten path things to do in Negril, Jamaica. It sits beneath a hollow opening in the land and is completely enclosed by Karst limestone. The naturally occurring minerals in the limestone act as an underground filter. This creates the steady surge of water, leaving behind a luxuriously pure bath of minerals for visitors to enjoy.

 

Catamaran Sunset Cruise 

Watersports – Things to do in Negril Jamaica

Negril really is a watersport lover’s dream! Kayaking, paddleboards, sailing, snorkelling, waterskiing, windsurfing – you really will be spoilt for choice! Want to take your love of the water to the next level? Read more:

https://couplesresorts.co.uk/blog/things-to-do-in-negril-jamaica/

Kool Runnings Adventure Park

 

If you prefer your water fun in a theme park, visit Negril’s popular Kool Runnings Adventure Park. From riding on a bamboo raft and paintballing to canoeing, and even spinning in a human gyroscope, this park offers a variety of different experiences for you and your partner1

 

Have you visited Negril and have something to add to the list? Tweet @couplesuk and let them know!

Do not miss Rick’s Café -  known for its ambiance and entertainment. Visitors have easy access to the ocean via steps and stairs carved into the rock. For adrenaline junkies there are diving boards at different heights for anyone brave enough. Perhaps the most incredible thing about Rick’s is watching the professional divers that jump from the massive trees along the cliff. Stay for evening cocktails and you’ll witness one of the most stunning sunsets of your life.