Balneário Camboriú

Infobox City
official_name = Balneário Camboriú

imagesize = 250px
image_caption = Balneário Camboriú


mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Balneário Camboriú

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = Region
subdivision_type2 = State
subdivision_name = flagicon|BRA Brazil
subdivision_name1 = Southern
subdivision_name2 = flagicon|Santa Catarina Santa Catarina
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Rubens Spernau (PSDB)
area_note =
area_total_km2 = 46
area_total_sq_mi = 17.9
population_as_of = 2007
population_total = 94.344
population_density_km2 = 2,050.9
population_density_sq_mi = 5,270.6
population_metro = 390,990
timezone = UTC-3
utc_offset = -3
timezone_DST = UTC-2
utc_offset_DST = -2
elevation_m = 2
latd = 26|latm= 59|lats= 43|latNS=S
longd = 48|longm= 38|longs= 08|longEW=W
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = July 20, 1964
website = []
footnotes =|

Balneário Camboriú is a city and a major beach resort in the Brazilian southern state of Santa Catarina. The town, with its steep hills dropping down to the sea, is popular amongst South Americans. The main ocean boulevard is called "Avenida Atlântica" (Atlantic Avenue). Balneário Camboriú is famous for the cable car which (uniquely in the world) links the two beaches of Balneário Camboriú and Laranjeiras. The town is located 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the city of Itajaí and 80 km (50 mi) north of the state capital, Florianópolis, and has a population of 94,344 (2007 census office estimate), which swells to 700,000 in the summer.

Balneário Camboriú means "Golfo do Mar (Sea Gulf)", in an Amerindian language."Ilha das Cabras" (Goats' Island) is directly opposite the city and is too small for inhabitation but is lit at night. Sailings from nearby Laranjeiras Beach take place aboard 17th century-style pirate ships and sail around the island before returning to Laranjeiras. The city also has a statue similar to the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) in Rio de Janeiro, called "Cristo Luz", but the one in Balneário Camboriú portrays Jesus with a broad-brimmed hat on his shoulder, which houses a spotlight that shines out to sea. The Cristo Luz is lit at night as well, but with lights that change colours periodically. Another common sight in the city are paragliders that fly along the beach, alongside the tall buildings, from the gliderport in nearby Praia dos Amores, located 1 km (0.6 mi) to the north of the city. To the west the city is bordered by the Camboriú River, which meets the ocean at the southernmost limit of the central portion of the city, where the cable car (teleférico) mentioned above is located.

Human Development Index: 0,874 - VERY HIGH (2002)

External links

* [ - News, Beach and Guide to Balneario Camboriu]

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