Imagine an apartment located within walking distance to three of the most famous beaches in Florianopolis: Mole, Galheta and Joaquina; a short bike ride to Lagoa da Conceicao with its cafes and boutiques; just a few minutes away from Rendeiras avenue with its restaurants and pubs... Our neighbourhood is called Retiro da Lagoa and it is perhaps the best base to visit the island, as it is right in the middle of it, and very close to Downtown.
Our Apartment has two bedrooms, one has a bed for two and the other has a single bed. There's a kitchen with a fridge, a gas stove, basic kitchen utensils. We provide you with bed linen and towels, and you will be able to use a washing machine which is just outside of the building.
A folding bed is available for an extra guest. The maximum of guests staying in this apartment is 4, but it is ideal for 3.
We will provide mineral water, and there's always some tea, coffee, crackers and similar "emergency food" in the apartment in case you arrive late and the shops are already closed.
All you need is close by: a lot of restaurants on Rendeiras Avenue; a couple of grocery stores; one bus stops literally at the end of our street, and the other - a short walk away. Three major beaches, a few less known beaches (such as Secret Beach) are right here; the Lagoon, with its windsurfing & kitesurfing schools, kayaks that can be rented by hour, water bikes, and more fun! Walk 10 minutes towards Joaquina and you will see the famous Joaquina Dunes, where you can rent a sandboard and slide down a huge mountain of sand! Pictures taken here will make it look like you are in a real desert!
If you like football, we have a community football field literally across the street, with several local teams competing every week. You can watch and scream with everybody else and feel as Brazilian as it gets :-)
Lagoa da Conceicao offers a variety of nightclubs, bars, pubs, Mexican restaurants, an English pub and an Irish pub, pizzerias, cafes, bakeries... you name it, it's there. It takes about half an hour to walk to Lagoa from here, and it is a very nice walk bordering the lagoon. Otherwise, there are buses, taxis and you can rent a scooter nearby.
But the best part is the beach: Joaquina and Mole are both 20 minutes away (walking) or 3 minutes by scooter or car (except during high season when there is a lot of transit and you are better off walking). Galheta, the island's only nudist beach, is also close (it starts where Mole Beach ends).
If you get tired of the beach and all the fun activities around here, you can relax in the hammock on your balcony, overlooking Lagoa's Hills. We have books in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch and Italian - and a collection of DVDs (mostly TV shows, but also a few movies). You will have access to all that and also to a few board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble to entertain yourselves.
Please note that during New Year's Eve and Carnaval, there is a minimum stay of ANY 5 nights, at US$ 1000.
WiFi, Washer, Dryer, Fitness Area, Barbecue area, Parking
Interaction with Guests
We are always available in case you have any questions or concerns.
We expect guests to let us know by email or by phone of the time - even approximate! - of their arrival. For example, if you arrrive by air, we would appreciate if you emailed us your flight arrival info. This way we can make sure the apartment is clean and unlocked for your arrival. Don't worry if your flight is delayed: the apartment will remain unlocked and you don't need to worry about letting us know about any changes with your arrival.
During your stay, we don't have that many rules. This is an independent apartment located within 20 steps of our home. So you will have a lot of privacy, but at the same time we are close enough in case you have a question or a problem of any kind.
Please read carefully the Directions, will be emailed you automatically upon a successful reservation. Our street has a bizarre numbering system, which puzzles everybody!
Denis and Jonas were fantastic hosts! They always told me the best places to go and how to get there - which was tricky due to the weather/carnival/language barrier. So I really needed them and they were always there.
The apartment is spacious and has a good kitchen. There is one double bed and one single bed, and a great hammock on the porch! However, there is no air conditioning which may matter to some people.
The location is very nice and safe. It is a 30 minute hike to Praia Mole, so bring good walking shoes or rent a bike like I did.
Overall, I had a great time and would recommend it for adventurous travelers.
The apartment is simple but very nice. Everything perfect, check in and check out very easy.
Jonas is lovely.
This apartment was amazing to spend holidays in Floripa with friends! Especially the location was perfect. All the most beautiful beaches of the island are near. Also the owners were amazing, always ready to help with any problems we had. Higly recommended!!!
The apartment was perfect for our purpose - surfing - and was as described. Denis and Jonas were excellent hosts, accommodated our needs quickly, and helped make our stay enjoyable. If you come in winter as we did bring warm clothes, as the apartment really is for summer! In summer the apartment would be perfect.
Taxi from airport was ~ R$50. I had rented Apartment 4 on airbnb, but when I arrived, I was switched to Apartment 3. Both are very similar. The pictures and description are very accurate. Fully furnished, great place to stay. Bus stop is conveniently located where main road and house street intersect. I walked to Praia da Joaquina which is beautiful. I only met Jonas, who was very helpful. Highly recommended.
Excellent hosts! We loved our time on this beautiful island, we miss it so!
Denis was always helpful and on hand should we need to ask him a question about travelling around the island or which beach to go explore next. The apartment was great, close to 3 beaches and with good transport links to the rest of the island and mainland Brazil.
Loved it! Thanks guys!
Me and my friend stayed in secret bay apartment 3 which was absolutely fantastic. The apartment is well kept, clean, has alll the essentials and is in a beautiful location.
What made our stay extra special was the hosts. The hosts were (Denis and Jonas) hospitable, welcoming, provided lots of local information and helped us with any request we had .
We look forward to returning in the future. Thank you once again
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We are Denis and Jonas, a Canadian-Brazilian couple living between Spain and Brazil. We work from home (web-based), enjoy movies, reading, dancing and, of course, the beach.