Once a simple fishing hamlet, Praia do Rosa is one of the most beautiful beaches in the South, with a winning combination of good surf, stunning topography, and an eco-conscious tourist setup that strikes a nice balance beween hippy and chic. Choose from dozens of guesthouses to suit all budgets, as well as restaurants and a laid-back nightlife in the summer months. One of the few beaches that attracts tourists year-round, Praia do Rosa has grown popular in the winter months (July through November), too, when the warm waters attract the baleia-franca (southern right whales) from Patagonia to breeding grounds off the coast. The nearby town of Garopaba (17 km/10½ miles north) also has great beaches, as well as the conveniences of a larger town, including an ATM and a bus station.
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