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Porto Belo, Brazil

Porto Belo is a municipality in the state of Santa Catarina in the South region of Brazil. It has an area of 93.632 square kilometers.

Santa Catarina is a state in the southern region of Brazil. It is situated between Parana and Rio Grande do Sul. It is one of the wealthiest and more developed states of the country, also containing the most popular beaches of Brazil's South region. Beyond the beaches, the state also offers excellent rural tourism in the Serras Catarinenses region and a rich culture influenced by German and Italian immigrants, including Brazil's most famous Oktoberfest event.

Nearby cities: Itajai Balneario Camboriu, Bombinhas, Penha, Itapema and Florianópolis.

Porto Belo is a city of many natural beauties such as very clear water beaches.

Porto Belo, Brazil

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Porto Belo is a municipality in the state of Santa Catarina in the South region of Brazil. It has an area of 93.632 square kilometers.

Santa Catarina is a state in the southern region of Brazil. It is situated between Parana and Rio Grande do Sul. It is one of the wealthiest and more developed states of the country, also containing the most popular beaches of Brazil's South region. Beyond the beaches, the state also offers excellent rural tourism in the Serras Catarinenses region and a rich culture influenced by German and Italian immigrants, including Brazil's most famous Oktoberfest event.

Nearby cities: Itajai Balneario Camboriu, Bombinhas, Penha, Itapema and Florianópolis.

Porto Belo is a city of many natural beauties such as very clear water beaches.

Porto Belo, Brazil: Port Information


Cruise passengers are carried ashore by the tenders. A free shuttle will take you to Downtown.

Get around Porto Belo, Brazil


You can explore the town on a sightseeing bus, on a bicycle or even on foot. 
To explore other famous landmarks around Porto Belo, you can take a bus or a taxi. 

What to see in Porto Belo, Brazil


Porto Belo is famous for its beaches, so admiring beautiful scenery and emerald-green waters is an excellent way to spend your day in this port. 

Besides, you can take a sightseeing tour and explore the town itself. 

Tourists can visit ​Univali EcoMuseum and ​EcoCulture Center Adventure House. 
Ponta do Estaleiro is another famous tourist sight. 
 

What to do in Porto Belo, Brazil


Porto Belo is a popular spot for fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and other water sports. 
Walking and cycling tours will show you the beauty of this region. 

What to eat and drink in Porto Belo, Brazil


Porto Belo has numerous lovely restaurants, bars, and cafes where you can enjoy different cuisines of our world, including Italian, South American, Japanese, and local Brazilian, of course.

Drink

Beer - high-quality beer from local microbreweries Einsebahn and Bierland, in Blumenau, Schornstein in Pomerode, and Zehn Bier in Brusque
Wine - investments are being made to produce good wine in São Joaquim
Cachaça - high-quality cachaças can be found in Luis Alves and many other small cities, and Florianópolis also has a few good brands, as Cachaça Intisica

Shopping in Porto Belo, Brazil


There are several shopping centers in Porto Belo and its surroundings, as well as many lovely souvenir shops right by the tender dock and in the Downtown area. 

Here you can buy local crafts, paintings, wood carvings, jewelry, clothes, accessories, etc. However, you can hardly call this port a shopping destination.

Safety in Porto Belo, Brazil


In general, Porto Belo is a safe place to visit. However, you should always use your common sense like in any other place on our planet. 

By law, everyone must carry a photo ID at all times. For a foreigner, this means your passport. However, the police will mostly be pragmatic and accept a plastified color photocopy.

Crimes such as pickpocketing, carjackings, burglaries, and armed robberies are a common sight in the country. It's important to stay vigilant and be aware of your surroundings.

Do not act like a tourist, do not accept little gifts like necklaces from strangers, they might be used to mark tourists as easy prey, and do not display items of wealth such as laptops, jewelry, etc. Avoid carrying large amounts of money with you, and if you do, it is wise to keep it in multiple pockets.

Always ask the locals about the places that you are intending to go since many of them are extremely dangerous and can put you in a very bad situation.

The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Brazil is divided between three services: 190 - Policia (Police), 192 - Ambulancia (Ambulance), and 193 - Bombeiros (Fire Department).

Food from street and beach vendors has a bad hygienic reputation in Brazil. The later in the day, the worse it gets. Bottled and canned drinks are safe, although some people will insist on using a straw to avoid contact with the exterior of the container.

Bear in mind the heat and humidity when storing perishable foods.

Language spoken in Porto Belo, Brazil


The official language of Brazil is Portuguese, spoken by the entire population (except for a few, very remotely located tribes). Indeed, Brazil has had immigrants from all parts of the world for centuries, whose descendants now speak Portuguese as their mother tongue.

Brazilian Portuguese has a number of pronunciation differences with that spoken in Portugal (and within, between the regions there are some quite extreme accent and slang differences), but speakers of either can understand each other. However, European Portuguese (Luso) is more difficult for Brazilians to understand than the reverse, as many Brazilian television programs are shown in Portugal. Notice that a few words can have a totally different meaning in Brazil and Portugal, usually slang words. An example of this is "Rapariga" which in Portugal means young girl, and in Brazil means a prostitute.

English is not widely spoken except in some touristy areas. Don't expect bus or taxi drivers to understand English, so it may be a good idea to write down the address you are heading to before getting the cab. In most big and luxurious hotels, it is very likely that the taxi fleet will speak some English.

Spanish has some similarity with Portuguese. Brazilian tourists are able to make basic questions and give basic answers when visiting Spain or other Latin American countries and vice-versa. Of course, such communication is quite awkward (mainly due to tilted vowels and semi vowelization of 'e' and 'o' when being the last vowel of a Portuguese word), so take a phrase book and be prepared for slow communication with a lot of interpretive gestures.

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