São Francisco do Sul is a municipality in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. It covers an area of 540 km² (208 miles2) and had an estimated population of 42,569 in 2011. It was founded as a village by the Portuguese in 1658. It is situated on the northern end of the Island of São Francisco at the entrance to the Bay of Babitonga.
São Francisco do Sul is an important part of the Brazilian infrastructure. It provides large bulk shipping facilities and is served by the major container shipping lines connecting with the South American east and west coasts, Africa, Asia, North and Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.
During the past decade, São Francisco do Sul has become a popular tourism destination for South American and international guests.
Santa Catarina (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈsɐ̃ta kataˈɾina] ( listen) "Saint Catherine") is a state in southern Brazil. According to Index of Economic Well-Being calculated between 2002 and 2008, Santa Catarina was the Brazilian state that revealed the highest economic well-being in relation to the others. Its capital is Florianópolis, which mostly lies on the Santa Catarina Island. Neighbouring states are Rio Grande do Sul to the south and Paraná to the north. It is bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the west it borders the province of Misiones, Argentina. Most of its inhabitants are descendants of Portuguese, German, and Italian immigrants.
The beaches along the coast of 561 kilometres (349 mi) are a great attraction for tourists visiting the smallest state of the South Region. Florianópolis, the capital, is one of the Brazilian cities that receives the most foreign tourists. To the south, Garopaba is popular with surfers. In the mountain region, São Joaquim is an attraction during winter because of its low temperatures and the snow. Blumenau, in the interior of Santa Catarina, is the stage for one of the biggest events of the country: the Oktoberfest of Blumenau, a traditional beer party originated from Germany, is held in October. The heritage of the German, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch and Danish immigrants can be seen in the architecture and the customs of the population of the state. Joinville is Santa Catarina's largest city.