Praia do Forte (Fortress Beach)
On the northeast of the Island of Santa Catarina, where Florianópolis is located, there is a small beach called Praia do Forte, or Fortress Beach. It has this name because of the São José da Ponta Grossa Fortress, a fortification from the XVIIIth century built by the Portugueses on a hill just next to the beach.
The beach has a few restaurants and bars and is frequented by lots of tourists on summer season. It is also the place of a fishermen colony, so the fishing boats are part of the landscape.