Located just 52km from the city center of Florianopólis.
Guarda do Embaú is a great place to find beautiful people, surfing and nature. It is considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Brazil.
This is where the Rio da Madre (Mother River) meets the ocean and is a superb site for kayaking. This small town with its sandy streets full of little shops provides a breathtaking backdrop for the scenery of the beautiful beaches of the area. From here one can see the tip of Naufragados (South of Florianopolis) as well as some of the islands of the area like Três Irmãs (Three Sisters) and Moleques do Sul (Boys of the South).
Frequented by families, it is ideal for hiking, including a climb to the tip of the Pedra do Urubu (Stone of the Vulture), which offers a panoramic view of the region. Just across the Vale da Utopia (Valley of Utopia) are the towns of Palhoça (hut) and Garopaba.
Parque Estadual da Serra do Tabuleiro (Board Mountain State Park)
Created in 1975, Parque Estadual da Serra do Tabuleiro, is the largest conservation area with full protection in the state of Santa Catarina and occupies an area of approximately 90,000 hectares (222,400 acres). Inserted in this area are some beaches such as Guard Embaú, Paulo Lopes, Naufragados (Florianópolis), Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, Garopaba and also some islands: Fortaleza / Araçatuba, Andrade, Papagaio Pequeno, Três Irmãs, Moleques do Sul, Siriú, dos Corais e dos Cardos.
In the park are several different ecosystems, including such areas as Restinga and Manguezal (Mangrove) as well as a bit of Atlantic Rain Forest as Araucaria and some Campos de Altitude (high plains country). Many of the rivers of the area have waterfalls and streams that eventually provide water for Florianópolis.
Around this park is located Caldas de Imperatriz (Empress Hot Springs) with a system of high quality geothermal springs with some of the best quality water in the world.
This area is highlighted by the Serra do Cambirela (Cambirela mountain) with a summit of 1288 meters (4255 ft).
Another place to see in the park, especially for geological diversity, is Baixada do Maciambu (lowlands of Maciambu) with lakes, lagoons, wetlands, salt marshes and beaches. This is also home to some 5000 year old archeological sites. The salt marshes of the lowlands are some of the most developed in southern Brazil yet home to such plant species as Araçás, Jerivás, Gabirobas, Ferns, Orchids and Bromeliads and fauna such as foxes, alligators, otters, ferrets, Tamandua Mirim, and Capybaras, among others. It harbors large numbers of endemic and endangered species and the core of this park is considered a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. For this reason their protection is very important as it covers large areas of mountains, plains and coastal islands that are part of the Atlantic Forest Biome (one of the richest and most threatened of the world) *.
*Near the park headquarters there is a beautiful trail that can be done in a short time in order to observe the great wildlife.
Revealing the beauty of the Embaú Guard.
Discover the most beautiful and wild part of the coast of Santa Catarina hiking between the south of Floripa and Praia do Rosa
1. Guard Embaú