- Money : The
Brazilian monetary unit is the real (plural, reais). There
are 100 centavos to the real (R$). There
is a good ATM network throughout Brazil. Banco Bradesco has
branches in most cities, and they accept Visa and other cards
in the Plus network. Banco do Brazil, Citibank, Banco Itau
and Banco 24 horas also accept different card networks. Make
sure you know your card's PIN number before you travel. You
can get up to R$ 1000,00 (around US
$ 300) each day in almost every ATM machines available throughout
Most major international credit cards are accepted in Brazil.
Credit card receipts from stores and restaurants will be
priced in reais although you will be billed in the currency
of your own country, the official exchange rate having been
taken into consideration. It's
a good idea to always have some cash (Brazilian Reais) to buy
your everyday things.
Catarina's coast has great infra-structure of commerce which
include several supermarkets, fish markets, bakeries,
retailer for fruits and vegetables, many beach-wear shops
with incredible prices, pharmacies, handicraft shops,
restaurants, bars and nigth clubs.
You should expect to pay about US$ 3 for a regular meal prepared
with chicken/meat/fish with black beans, rice and a good
salad. A can of coke in a restaurant or bar is
about US $ 0.75, but we recommend you to try the many tastes
of brazilian juices.
For a 600 ml bottle of beer you'll pay about US
$ 1.5, and a large bottle of mineral water is about US $
The legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages in Brazil
is 18. Brazil produces or imports most of the major international
brands. Brazilian beer is a very good lager which is served
in draught form (chopp) or bottled. The national drink is
cachaça, made from crushed sugar cane, which is the
basis of the popular caipirinha. Cachaça is also the
basis for batidas, a mix of cachaça and fresh fruit
juices. Soft drinks are no less spectacular and the most
popular is Guaraná. Brazil is, of course, the world’s
largest coffee producer.
Brazil has an excellent network of private hospitals in
the major metropolitan centres. Private medical care is expensive,
so it is advisable that all visitors take out medical insurance
prior to their arrival.
Even without insurance, Brazil has a public health service
that will look after foreign visitors in an emergency.
The internet is well developed in Brazil, so most hotels
will have access to the web and there are cyber-cafes
all around Brazil, even in small villages is possible to
find Internet access.
Nearly all hotels add a service charge to the bill, usually
10%. Most restaurants also add 10% or more to the total of
the bill, but must make it clear that they have done so.
Brazilians don’t normally tip taxi drivers, although
they may round the total up.
It is necessary to have an international Certificate against Yellow Fever
to tourists, who were traveling through a period of three months, or coming from
the following countries: Republic of Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Republic
of Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon, Republic of The Gambia, Republic of Ghana,
Republic of Guinea-Bissau, French Guiana, Republic of Liberia, Federal Republic
of Nigeria, Peru, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Sierra Leone,
Sudan, Venezuela and Zaire.
It is recommended to have also the Vaccination Against Yellow Fever to those
national, international, tourists who intend to visit the following Brazilian
states: Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Distrito Federal, Goiás, Maranhão,
Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins. Do
not forget: it is necessary to have the shot at least 10 days before the departure.
- Clothes: You
should not carry much weight. If you are comming in the winter
time (from June to August) you should bring warm clothes such
as pullovers, a rain coat, sweaters and pants to use during
the mornings, when the temperatures sometimes can get as low
(50ºF). But remember that you are on the beach, and even
in the winter most of the days are warm, so bring your beach
wear, off course!!
In the summer (from October to Abril) you should bring only
light clothes, but a rain coat can be usefull for the tropical
rains that usually occurs at the evenings.
- Safety : One of the urban myths that surrounds Brazil
and can put people off a visit is the question of safety and
security. In fact, Brazil is no more dangerous than anywhere
in Europe or North America and violent crimes against tourists
or foreign visitors are extremely rare, hence the headlines
if they do happen. Brazil is also politically stable with no
natural enemies and no terrorist activities.
The crime tourists are most likely to fall
victim to in Brazilian cities is robbery and the target of
most petty pilfering is the bag. If a bag is left unattended,
the chances are that somebody else will try to pick it up.
The simple solution is that visitors can't get robbed if they've
got nothing with them to be stolen. Always leave travelers
checks, passports, air tickets and the like in the hotel safe
deposit box. Visitors should however carry some form of ID,
such as a photocopy of their passports, with them at all times.
... leave your bag unattended.
... put your wallet in your back pocket or the outside
pocket of a bag.
... walk in unlit areas at night.
... wear flashy jewellery in the street, even if it is fake.
... take more than you need to the beach.
... put your money, passport and ticket in the safe
deposit box of your hotel.
... take cabs rather than buses.
... ask policemen for help if you need it.
... ask your hotel for information. They know most of the
... call on your Consulate for help if you have a serious
- Useful numbers:
FLORIANOPOLIS USEFUL NUMBERS
021 48 3314000
Tourist Information center
021 48 2241516
021 48 3242787
021 48 2406009
021 48 2242777
021 48 3314102