Sep 18, 2011

Whale watching in Praia do Rosa


by Antonella Kann

Ok, I know, no excuse for me. I won´t spend time explaining why I haven´t posted anything for the last month. So, let me just introduce you to this wonderful place, called Praia do Rosa, in the southern state of Santa Catarina. It´s about 70 kilometers south from capital Florianópolis, but it can - and it will! - take you at least two hours by car to get there, because traffic congestion is a fact. Try getting there in midmorning instead of late afternoon, as you´ll have to cross city center and it means huge delays. But even these caveats are no reason to avoid visiting this gorgeous region where whale watching is a must during the months of july through october.


Everyone who has seen whales know that catching a glimpse of its tail is somewhat difficult. But in Praia do Rosa all the way to Garopaba - 15 kilometers away - and around, you can view as much as 5 of these enormous mammals in just a couple of minutes, depending where you stand. You might be on the beach and observe them playing, caring for their pup and take a lot of pictures such as those here. Or you can also board a 1,5 hr guided tour in Garopaba( www.vidasolemar.com.br) and get so close that you could actually touch them - as they approach fearlessly and harmlessly.



We spent a lovely weekend in a charming pousada called Solar Mirador(www.solarmirador.com.br) from which we had an incredible view of the Praia do Rosa in its whole extension. You are also steps away from the beach ( surf, STP and good hiking around) and the setting is amazing, the service very kind and professional and we were extremely lucky with the weather. Two sunny days on a row after a week of rain. And if you´re around, don´t miss the whales, which are called francas, and I promise it´s one experience of a lifetime and you´ll be thrilled!




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8 comments:

  1. I am planning to have a vacation trip to that stunning place.

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  2. Praia do Rosa is one of the my favorite places to spend New Years! Love this beach.

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  5. What a beautiful place. I have seen the whales of the South African coast near Hermanus and the whales off the North West Scotland coast, but I am sure the Brazilians are even more beautiful!

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