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Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

August 31, 2013 by David Herd

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach really surprised us, we had left Florianopolis and were heading north to Rio Di Janeiro when we came across this amazing beach city. Balneário Camboriú (Portuguese pronunciation: [bawneˈaɾju kɐ̃boɾiˈu] is a major beach resort in the Brazilian southern state of Santa Catarina. The town, with its steep hills dropping down to the sea, is popular amongst South Americans. The main ocean boulevard is called Avenida Atlântica (Atlantic Avenue). Balneário Camboriú is famous for the cable car which (uniquely in the world) links the two beaches of Balneário Camboriú and Laranjeiras.

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

The town is located 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the city of Itajaí and 80 km (50 mi) north of the state capital, Florianópolis, and has a population of 94,344 (2007 census office estimate), which swells to over one million in the summer.

The beach is 6.8 kilometers long.

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

Take a little time to Before you visit this wonderful city

Thousands of people strolling along the beach.

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

Here is mother and daughter strolling along the beach.

Light Christ (Cristo Luz in Portuguese)

Christ Cristo Luz


Light Christ (Cristo Luz in Portuguese) is located over one of the highest points of the city at 150 meters. The statue itself is 33 meters high, 22m wide and weights 528 tons. The main feature of this attraction is that it is illuminated alternatively during the night with 7 different colours (each one with a meaning) and it holds on his left shoulder a broad-brimmed hat, which irradiates a beam that illuminates the city.

Send in the clowns

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

I wonder who is the biggest clown here?


What time can I start having fun?

Belneario Camboriu

Some might say I’m a rose between two thorns. OK, so I’m dreaming a little. 🙂

Is this what they call a beach bum?

  Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach  

I call it a great Brazilian view.

Here is our friend Antonio.

  Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach Antonio cycled around the world for UNESCO in 1999, on his trip the both times he was robbed was in Australia while the Olympics were on in 2000. And people say Brazil is dangerous. 🙂


Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach Balneário Camboriú is famous for the cable car which (uniquely in the world) links the two beaches of Balneário Camboriú and Laranjeiras.

Take the boat from Camboriú to Laranjeiras

  Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach  

I chose the cable car instead of the boat.

Cable car to Laranjeiras

Cable car Laranjeiras

It was a terrific view from the cable car.

Laranjeiras beach

  Laranjeiras beach   Please click on Google + to help my page ranking.  


Lots of para-gliders in Camboriu.

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

Another common sight in the city are para-gliders that along the beach, alongside the tall buildings, from the glider-port in nearby Praia dos Amores, located 1 km (0.6 mi) to the north of the city.

Drinks with the locals.

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

Met up with some happy Brazilians for a few drinks.

Here is Johnny.

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

We could pass for brothers.

Red wine tastes fine.

Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach

Red wine for lunch is fine by me. 🙂

Look closely & you may see the water.

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Ah! There is nothing in the world like a Brazilian beach.


My friend Sudzi gets the shot

  Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach  Sudzi is a professional photographer in Australia.

David Herd on the beach at Balneário Camboriú

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Well folks, many thanks for visiting my Balneário Camboriú Brazilian Beach photo blog, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed being here.

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