Picture postcard prettiness
Located in the far south-east corner of Brazil in the sunny state of Santa Catarina, MSC Cruises’ ships call at the island of Sao Francisco during our South American cruise itineraries.
On the island, the lovely town of São Francisco do Sul boasts over 150 buildings in colourful colonial style and has one of the most important natural harbors in Brazil.
Founded in the 1600’s, Sao Francisco do Sul is also the oldest town in the state. With its 13 stunning beaches, the island has a ‘picture postcard’ prettiness and it is worth spending a day away from your luxury cruise ship to explore the island.
Join one of our excursion packages and spend time around the town; visit the oldest building on the island, the Historical Museum, where you can learn more about the island’s history. The Museum of the Sea is a popular local attraction, as is the Marechal Luz Fortress, built in 1909 and activated every Saturday morning, at the changing of the flag parade.
If you’re in the mood for shopping, the ‘Mercado Municipal’ (public market) is a bustling hub of the town where you can pick up fresh fruit and local handicrafts. As we offer the best deals on trails and trips out of town, wildlife enthusiasts will be keen to go on a hike to one of the island’s many waterfalls.
Beach lovers looking for a lively afternoon can head to Enseada beach, with its hotels, cafes and restaurants, whereas families and nature-lovers may prefer the quieter Ervino beach.
Port average temperature
Recife has a year-round tropical climate, with warm to hot temperatures and high relative humidity throughout the year. However, these conditions are relieved by a near absence of extreme temperatures and pleasant trade winds blowing from the ocean. January is the warmest month, with mean temperatures ranging from 30°C to 25°C, with sun July experiences the coolest temperatures, with mean temperatures ranging from 27°C to 22°C with rain.
The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.