Porto Belo

Porto Belo is located south of Rio de Janeiro on the Atlantic Ocean in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

Excellent beaches, emerald-green waters and great diving opportunities

The town of Porto Belo is located south of Rio de Janeiro on the Atlantic Ocean.

Christopher Columbus stopped here in 1502 along his fourth journey to the New World and legend has it that he pulled into the sheltered bay following a storm and subsequently named it Porto Belo, meaning ‘beautiful port’.

Over the next two centuries the town became a major trading hub and one of the most important ports in the Caribbean, as gold from South America was stored and traded here.

Today Porto Belo is renowned for its excellent beaches, emerald-green waters and great diving opportunities.

The weather in Porto Belo is ideal year-round with pleasantly warm temperatures and trade winds bringing cool breezes. We recommend joining one of our popular excursion packages to some of the prettiest beaches around Porto Belo, such as Praia de Bombas or Praia Bombinhas.

With some of the best deals around for local sightseeing tours, we can help you get the most from your day off your luxury cruise liner! Enjoy a local holiday attraction and head out to Ponta do Lobo or venture further afield and catch a boat to the islands of Arvoredo and João da Cunha, both of which have fine beaches.

Those who feel that no vacation is complete without a spot of shopping will enjoy the shops and boutiques in Porto Belo that sell local crafts, wood carvings, paintings, original artworks and locally-made costume jewellery – be sure to bring a souvenir back to the ship!

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Cruise ships are not able to dock here. You will be tendered ashore.

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 BRPBL01 - FLORIANOPOLIS Duration: 7 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Florianópolis, capital of Santa Catarina State, is also known as the Magic Island. Legends, history, culture and beautiful beaches, set the stage. During the eighteenth century the island began to receive immigrants from the Azores Island, promoted by the Portuguese kingdom. The historical and cultural heritage can be seen in architecture, cuisine and customs still practiced by the islanders. Arriving on the island we will see the suspension bridge Hercílio Luz postcard of the city. First we will go to Joaquina Beach, internationally famous for its surfing championships and dunes; we have free time at the beach. On the way we will stop at the overlook of Lagoa da Conceição for a complete panoramic view. Finally we will visit the historic center, XV Square November with its century-old fig tree, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Public Market. Return to the Pier. Remarks: The order of the tour may change in case of heavy traffic. Lunch is not included in this excursion. The transfer time from Porto Belo to Florianopolis is approximately 60 minutes depending on traffic. There will be approximately 30 minutes free time for souvenirs. Heavy traffic may be expected during holiday season and summer on the road to Florianopolis. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather condition (rain.)

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 BRPBL03 - BLUMENAU Duration: 7 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  After disembarking we will head to Blumenau, famous for being the most influenced city in Brazil by the German culture. Founded in 1850, the city maintains strong European characteristics, enchants visitants with its architecture, gastronomy, nature, industries, beer and parties. We will do a panoramic tour passing by the Biergartner and the City Hall, built in Enxaimel (German style) and visit the Bier Museum. We will continue to the German Village, where the Oktoberfest takes place, the second biggest beer party in the world, where we will have free time for lunch and visit. The city is also known for its textiles, handcrafts, glassware and porcelain, a stop for shopping at a local typical store for souvenirs before returning to the pier. Remarks: The order of the tour may change in case of heavy traffic. Lunch is not included in this excursion. The transfer time from Porto Belo to Blumenau is approximately 90 minutes depending on traffic. At the local typical store and at the restaurant there will be free time and they accept major credit cards. Heavy traffic may be expected during holiday season and summer on the road to Blumenau. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather condition (rain.)

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 BRPBL04 - TRANSFER TO BETO CARREIRO WORLD Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  Leave the port for an approximately 60 minutes transfer to an amazing park, Beto Carrero World. This amusement park is one of the largest theme parks in Latin America. The park has more than 100 attractions, including shows, zoo and rides as well as parades, restaurants, aqua shows, rollercoaster’s and all facilities to awake the piece of childhood inside every adult. Remarks: Approximately 4 hours of free time. The transfer time from Porto Belo to the park is approximately 60 minutes depending on traffic. Entrance to the park may vary depending on promotions. The regular entrance is R$88,00 adults and R$75,00 children from 4 to 9 years old. Please verify with the shore excursion desk if there are any promotion for your call (credit cards are accepted). Lunch is not included in this excursion. Transfer time from Porto Belo to the park is approximately 60 minutes and it is subject to the traffic conditions. The length of free time inside the park will be approximately 3 and half hours. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather condition (rain.)

Price per person $49.00 Adults $34.00 Children

   


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 BRPBL07 - TRANSFER TO BOMBINHAS Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  After disembarking at Portobelo, you'll travel by minivan to Bombinhas, a small tourist town on the Santa Catarina coast located 10 km away from Portobelo. Bombinhas is is a small town on the coast of Santa Catarina, is part of a peninsula surrounded by beautiful beaches and clear waters. Here you can spend your free time on the beach, stroll through town or enjoy some shopping. Remarks: Lunch is not included in this excursion; restaurants are available at the beach and they may require consumption for the use of chairs and tables. Advice to carry Brazilian currency as most of the restaurants and kiosks may not accept credit cards. The transfer time to the beach is approximately 30 minutes depending on traffic. The free time on the beach will be approximately 5 hours depending on traffic. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather condition (rain.)

Price per person $46.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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 BRPBL08 - BALNEARIO CAMBORIU BY CABLE CAR Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  After disembark, we will go to Balneário Camboriú by bus, the most famous beach of Santa Catarina, also called Mini Copacabana. We will visit the Unipraias Park, where exists the only cable car that connects two beaches. Boarding begins at the Barra Sur Cable Car Station which takes us to the top of the Aguada hill, 240 meters high, arriving at Atlantic Forest Station. You will enjoy an ecological walking trail that signals the native flora and fauna, such as orchids, bromeliads, palms and a wide variety of birds. The Atlantic forest existed throughout the Brazilian coast, is now extremely reduced and is one of the world's most endangered forests. Along the walking trail there are two lookouts with a privileged view of Camboriu. We will re-embark on the cable car to get to Laranjeiras Beach, clean and clear water, with a structure of bars and restaurants. After free time on the beach, we take the cable car back to Barra Sul Station. Return to the pier. Remarks: The ticket for the cable car is included in this excursion. The cable car is not wheelchair accessible. Lunch is not included in this excursion; restaurants are available during the free time and most of them accept credit cards. The transfer time from Porto Belo to Camboriú is approximately 30 minutes depending on traffic. Heavy traffic may be expected during holiday season and summer. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).

Price per person $69.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 BRPBL09 - PORTO BELO OVERLAND Duration: 2 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  After disembarking we will begin the tour aboard the Overland vehicle specially adapted for tourism. The small town is a picturesque fishing village; the origin of its name is because of the beauty and tranquility of its waters, which form a natural harbor. We will visit Bom Jesus Afflicted Church, built in 1814 by slave labor, and mortar made with oil-based whale. We will continue up to the lookout, and enjoy a complete panoramic view of the bay. We will visit the fishing village of Araça, which maintains the customs and folklore of the early settlers, and appreciate Caixa D´Aço small bay. Before returning to the pier, our last stop will be at the center of Porto Belo for shopping local crafts. Remarks: Extremely limited seats, book early to avoid disappointment. This tour is run by a vehicle with roof but open on the sides where guests may get wet if it rains. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).

Price per person $49.00 Adults $34.00 Children

   


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 BRPBL10 - PORTO BELO BAY BY SCHOONER Duration: 2 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Discover the beauty of the bay of Porto Belo aboard a schooner. After disembarking we will have a 10 minutes walking to the schooner pier. The trip through the tranquil waters of the bay lets enjoy the scenery of the island of Porto Belo, cliffs, coves and beaches. We will pass by the fishing village of Araçá, the tip of Porto Belo bay, Estaleiro beach, and before the return a stop for swimming in Caixa D’Aço bay. Remarks: The schooner has bar service, refreshing shower on the deck, toilet and awnings for shadow. During the tour tropical fruits will be served.

Price per person $54.00 Adults $38.00 Children

   


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 BRPBL11 - DISCOVER BALNEARIO CAMBORIU Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  Balneário Camboriú is the Capital of Tourism in Santa Catarina State, because of its tourist facilities, beautiful beach, infrastructure and diversity of hotels. Arriving at the city, the first stop will be for photos of the southern dock of the beach. We will see the seven-kilometer beach, great ocean front condos and the Ilha das Cabras. We will continue along the Avenida Atlântica, with petit pave sidewalks, imitating those of Copacabana, with its bars and restaurants overlooking the sea. The next stop is the northern part, where we will have a privileged view of the city. We will have free time downtown for walking, photos, shopping or beach. Return to pier. Remarks: Lunch is not included in this excursion; restaurants are available during the free time and most accept credit cards. The length of free time will be approximately 1 and half hour. The transfer time from Porto Belo to Camboriú is approximately 30 minutes depending on traffic. Heavy traffic may be expected during holiday season and summer. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).

Price per person $49.00 Adults $34.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.