My husband and I spent a week in Florianopolis in October 2010. We found that the smartest money we spent was for a local guide to show us around the island and give us his opinion on beaches to go to , places to stay and places to eat. Most vacationers in this area are Portuguese or Spanish speaking so there isn't much English spoken. To have an English speaking guide take you around for a few hours is very worthwhile. I am more than happy to provide the name and contact information for the reputable guide we found if contacted.