To explore the island's beaches, visitors should consider renting a car. Traffic can be intense during the summer season and it can easily take two hours to reach the coast from the city centre.
Travellers can also catch the efficient bus service. Buses for the east coast and south island depart from the local bus terminal on Rua Antônio Luz, while buses for the north depart from the local bus terminal on Rua Francisco Tolentino. Trips to the beaches of Florianopolis take 35-60 minutes by bus.
There are also yellow microbuses (Linhas Executivas) that take the same routes for slightly higher fares, with the additional benefits of air-conditioning, fewer stops, direct routes to the beaches and room for surfboards.