The coast of Santa Catarina, Brazil, is a dream destination, no doubt about it! But finding the best Airbnbs in Santa Catarina can be quite challenging, especially in the summer. Without proper guidance, it’s easy to end up lost in a sea of options or overlook some of the most incredible finds.
With idyllic beaches, exuberant nature, beautiful and charismatic people, this south region is the perfect place to enjoy summer in Brazil. As a matter of fact, it’s also great in the winter, spring, autumn… Truth is that no matter the season, traveling to Santa Catarina is a wonder, and it gets even better with the right accommodation.
Whether you’re looking for a secluded cabin, an apartment in Itapema with a sea view, a big house to enjoy a trendy beach with friends, or if you don’t even know what you want yet… In this ultimate guide to the best Airbnbs in Santa Catarina, you are sure to find the perfect option for your Brazilian holiday.
Below you will find the best accommodation in Brazil for summer with links to Airbnb and also Booking.com. Some properties are available on both platforms, so you can compare the prices and book the one that suits you best.
After staying home for so long, perhaps all you want on your next vacation is to treat yourself to some days in paradise. Disconnect and reconnect in an exquisite place, put your feet up and have a drink, while watching the ocean through the window, and having some deliciously fresh seafood. If this is your case, or if you are in a larger group, these elegant Airbnbs in Brazil will fit like a (fancy) glove!
💲 Book your stay from BRL 800/night, 2-night minimum.
Facing the lovely Praia Central you find this awesome apartment in Itapema – a city that has become a favorite destination of celebrities like Neymar. Fully equipped, with contemporary decor and lighting, it has 2 suites and space for up to 6 guests. Wonderful mixer showers, balcony with barbecue grill, Nespresso machine, retro video game, washer & dryer and water purifier are some of the extras.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 575/night, 2-night minimum.
Despite its name (since praia translates to beach), Praia Grande is not located on the coast, but in the canyons of Santa Catarina. Still, this Airbnb can be a unique option to spend a romantic summer in the mountains near waterfalls. The super cute chalet is pet-friendly, has a jacuzzi and even a telescope. The hosts also offer balloon rides, quad bikes, hiking trails and horseback riding.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 250 per night/guest, 2-night minimum.
In addition to a brilliant career (being CEO of Waterdiam), host Anthony owns three of Santa Catarina’s most coveted properties on Airbnb. With a privileged location in a natural park on the shores of a private beach, these houses certainly are an invitation to peaceful days in paradise. They accommodate 4 to 8 people.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 1350/night, 2-night minimum.
Huge apartment (1 per floor!), with all the amenities, for up to 8 people. Located in a prime area of Laguna, it has superior finishing, balcony with barbecue and sea views.
World famous “Floripa” doesn’t require big introductions. Santa Catarina capital city offers a unique mix of beach and urban vibes, harboring all attributes for an unforgettable trip. And of course there are several Airbnbs in Florianópolis that are spectacular, for all tastes and budgets.
If you traveling to Floripa, read our guide to an amazing day in Florianópolis.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 60 per night/guest.
Artist Jaime’s cottage and cabins are architectural masterpieces. Fully integrated with nature, these accommodations overlook Praia Brava’s hill and the north of the Magic Island (how Florianópolis is also known). Both cabins are pet friendly.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 98/night, 2-night minimum.
Professional surfer Marco Polo rents these lovely chalets in Florianópolis amidst trees and natural vegetation. Comfort and peace at super affordable values. They are close to Praia Mole (a surfers’ favorite), Praia da Joaquina and Lagoa da Conceição.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 150/night (the rate increases up from the 3rd guest).
Vila Rosemary rustic houses are located in Barra da Lagoa. They have panoramic views of the beach and access to mountain trails. Inside, lovingly designed details complement the experience. Pets are allowed upon prior contact.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 250/night, 3-night minimum.
An impressive loft surrounded by nature on the slope of Lagoa da Conceição. It’s in the Airbnb Plus program of accommodations recognized for their high quality. A haven decorated with a fabulous view to elevate any couple’s energy in the heart of the island.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 400/night (rates increase up from the 3rd guest), 3-night minimum.
If you want to vacay very close to water, these accommodations from biologist Lérida can be a good idea. From the pool house to the chalet with jacuzzi, the properties are well located, in Canto dos Araçás and Lagoa da Conceição, surrounded by nature. Both allow pets.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 590/night.
This spacious and colorful home accommodates 4 people in a unique tropical paradise on the island. It has a deck for sunbathing and panoramic views. Considered by many guests a magical place, BirdHouse is located on a small hill in Lagoa da Conceição. It is a 5-minute walk from Praia Mole.
The southern coast of Santa Catarina has a roots vibe and is well known for its natural beauty – which includes the whale mothers that visit every year to enjoy this glorious nursery. Whale-watching takes place from July to November, but the charms of this region last all year. Naturally, there are lots of incredible Airbnbs to spend the summer there.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 150/night, 4-night minimum.
The ElCa couple has seven other B&Bs in Rosa, but this studio and cabin are especially cute and cozy. The cabin accommodates up to 4 guests, has a trampoline and a children’s playhouse on the property. The studio has an area with a barbecue and wood oven.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 200/night, 2-night minimum.
Mevlana Garden Inn studios and houses have the Responsible Tourism seal for cleaning practices. The selected options accommodate 2 to 8 people, with access to the beach and beautiful surroundings. In addition to being pet friendly, the Inn has a game room and offers kayaks/stand up, meditation, spa, bistro and pizzeria.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 230/night (rate increases up from the 3rd guest), 2-night minimum.
Stylish bungalow comfortably equipped, with easy access to the beach. Mixer shower, electric fireplace, outdoor grill and hot tub complete the amenities. An overall feel good experience.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 430/night (rate increases up from the 4th guest), 2-night minimum.
The name doesn’t do justice to this accommodation that is definitely one of the best Airbnbs in Santa Catarina for the summer. A sophisticated and creative architectural project, with breathtaking views. It is close to the Dunas da Ribanceira, the peaceful Ibiraquera and the popular Praia do Rosa. Accommodates up to 4 guests and allows animals. There is no TV, but from the window you can see whales!
💲 Book your stay from BRL 500/night (rate increases up from the 3rd guest), 2-night minimum.
Glass windows with 360º view of the dunes, Ibiraquera’s lagoon and the sea (which you can see even from the bathtub!). Accommodates up to 3 guests and accepts pets. It has a private balcony and an outdoor patio with space for a fire pit and a path to the beach.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 500/night, 2-night minimum.
A private loft in a gated community. It is located on the top of the mountain next to the Atlantic Forest, close to Praia da Silveira, Praia da Ferrugem and Garopaba. A tastefully equipped accommodation to live special moments with your loved one. The deck is perfect for watching the sunset.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 750/night, 2-night minimum.
The lawyer and photographer Heloísa rents two jaw-dropping properties in Praia da Ferrugem. With charming furniture, glass walls that let the natural light in, balconies with barbecue facilities and large decks with a cinematographic view of Lagoa da Encantada. The house upstairs also has a heated jacuzzi. Both accommodate 4 guests and allow animals.
💲 Book your stay from BRL 5500/night, 4-night minimum.
Accommodating up to 14 guests, Silveira Beach House is a mansion worthy of a magazine cover. It has an infinity pool, jacuzzi, gym, sauna, fireplace, wood stove, exclusive access to the beach and an organic garden. A high-level structure to live royal days in Brazil with friends and family.
With so many amazing options to choose from, it’s hard to resist that voice telling you to pack your bags and throw yourself to Santa Catarina beaches, right? Now that you know the best Airbnbs in Santa Catarina for the summer (or any time of the year really), you may decide your destination based on the accommodation that shook your heart the most. ❤️😎🏖️
We hope we have helped you to transform your Brazilian travel dream into your next holiday. And when you make your reservation, don’t forget to say that you got there thanks to Love and Road tips. If you loved this post or have any questions, leave a comment below. Bon Voyage!
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Authors: Maria and Leo
Passionate about traveling, gastronomy, the universe and arts, when not dreaming of the next destination or binge-watching a show, Maria and Leo are multitasking between projects, among which Minuto da Terra stands out. They love to share their experiences and recommendations, as well as to meet people and new cultures. Born in Itajaí, the couple has lived and visited several cities in Santa Catarina, currently having Itapema as their home sweet home.
The trail in the park is bookended by a multi-use trail in Tofino along with another multi-use trail in Ucluelet, providing an almost seamless 76-kilometre return bike ride. What is missing right now is a short stretch of trail near the intersection of Highway 4 on Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District lands. There are also a few kilometres in the park that are still under construction so in the short term you need to cycle on the road – but the trail will be formally finished sometime in spring 2022.
Years ago, I cycled from Tofino to Ucluelet by bike to celebrate a birthday. Tofino wasn’t as busy at that time, so I didn’t feel unsafe biking on the highway. But in the 14 years since I did that bike ride, the highway traffic has increased to the point that it just isn’t a lot of fun biking the road.
Not only does the trail provide a family-friendly safe alternative, but it’s also a beautiful one as it weaves through temperate rain forest, on boardwalks over second-growth bogs and past some of the most beautiful beaches in Canada.
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The idea of a trail linking Tofino and Ucluelet has been discussed for years by locals, visitors, and First Nation communities alike. After consultation with stakeholders including the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation, construction began in 2018 and will be completed in spring 2022. The trail has been designed to be both environmentally and culturally respectful.
For example, an Elders Working Group chosen by The First Nations offered crucial project guidance. According to National Parks Traveler, not only did this group select the trail’s name but “it has already blessed the path site, determined a route that doesn’t disturb culturally sensitive sites, and identified opportunities for economic benefits for First Nations.”
When it came to the environment, issues around sensitive salmon habitat was fully considered and planning and timing of the work was integrated into the building of the trail. What I hadn’t appreciated while I was biking the trail was that there are amphibian trails under the highway to help species like northern red-legged frogs that breed in the bogs. Those are just two of many environmental concerns that the trail designers and builders have taken into consideration.
John and I cycled on a late September weekday from the Tofino Bike Company building where we picked up rental bikes (located in the complex with Tacofino, Live to Surf and Tofitian on the Pacific Rim Highway near Mackenzie Beach) to Zoë’s Bakery Cafe in downtown Ucluelet.
We were in no rush, so we stopped often to take photos and explore some of the interesting spots like accessible sections of Long Beach along the route. We happened to time our ride to coincide with the snow geese migration – so we made lots of stops to listen to their honking and watch them go by. Along the way we met a helpful Parks Canada employee who told us that cackling geese and white-fronted geese were also on the move. Craning our necks, it was hard to tell the difference between them all.
The multi-use trail out of Tofino sticks to the left-hand side of the highway as you head for Ucluelet. It’s bumpier than the new trail because roots of nearby trees are causing the pavement to buckle.
In fact, just 2 km shy of the bike shop I crashed at the end of the day – something I rarely do. I hit a wet raised area at speed and next thing I knew I was in the ditch – with the biggest bruise of my life and a cracked rib. Oh well – it will teach me to slow down under less-than-optimal conditions.
Eventually you end up crossing Highway 4 onto the 3.5 m wide ʔapsčiik t̓ašii trail. It is beautifully built with lots of curves to keep you interested in what lies around the next corner though I’m not sure that was intentional or it was simply being environmentally sensitive. The boardwalk sections are covered with a metal mesh that is good for traction – whether on foot or bike. And there’s plenty to see along the route – from beach stops to rainforest hikes.
We stopped at two places 16-km long, Long Beach and the Ancient Cedars Loop Trail in Ucluelet. Other stops we didn’t have time for include the Canso plane crash site where the wreckage of a WWII bomber is visible, the Kwisitis Visitor Centre located at the south end of Wickaninnish Beach and the Rainforest Trail in Pacific Rim National Park.
Pacific Rim National Park came into being in 1970. The Park is famous for sections of temperate rainforest interspersed with beautiful beaches on wild sections of the Pacific Ocean. Parts of the park have an otherworldly feel to them, partially on account of swirling fog and the combination of monster big trees and crazy big waves.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy the park. But if you’re traveling by bike, I do recommend getting off and exploring at least a couple of the beach areas that are easily accessible from the multi-use trail. They are all well marked.
We stopped at Long Beach at two different locations, on the way to and from Ucluelet. On the way there, I left John with my bike and headed off on foot to explore a giant rock with a view. A plaque on the rock told the story of the two types of whales you’re likely to see – the Pacific Gray whale, weighing in at 40 tons, that feeds on the sandy bottom and killer whales, often seen as part of a pod.
After you finish cycling through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, it’s roughly 8 km to get into Ucluelet from the Highway 4 intersection. The trail into town is surprisingly hilly so be prepared for more of a workout than anywhere else on the bike ride. When you get close to town, be mindful of cars as there isn’t any barrier between the trail and the road. Reach the Ancient Cedars Loop Trail on the outskirts of Ucluelet.
It’s worth the 15 minutes or so that it takes to hike the Ancient Cedars Loop. Add 5 – 10 minutes to the loop and hike down on the Wild Pacific Trail to see the crashing waves. It was called an EXTREME wave day when we did this hike and what a thrill it was. Sets of massive waves roared in and then crashed onto the beach.
There are some dandy big cedar trees on the hike too – so lock up your bike and be sure to do this quick side trip.
If you started in Tofino and have made it to the end of ʔapsčiik t̓ašii, then you might be getting hungry. For those of you comfortable cycling the shoulder of a highway for a short distance (about a kilometre), keep going towards Ucluelet. At the intersection with Highway 4 where the highway takes off to Port Alberni there is a food truck serving sandwiches and UkeePoke – serving from what I understand fantastic poke. You can’t miss either of them.
If you can hang on, there is lots of choice once you reach Ucluelet – but you will have to climb some hills to earn your lunch. Snag a picnic table at Zoë’s Bakery Cafe and dig into one of their soups or sandwiches. Baked goods are excellent too.
Once you’re back in the Tofino area there are loads of restaurants and cafes. Tacofino, a stone’s throw from where you drop your rental bike, is one of your best bets.
We were provided with two complimentary bikes from the Tofino Bike Company, located just off Tofino’s multi-use trail. (Thank you.) Rentals come with a lock, helmet, and map. Rates are in the order of $35 per half day and $45 per full day. They do not rent e-bikes, but you can rent one in town from Tofino Electric Bikes.
If you don’t live on Vancouver Island, you’ll need to take one of the BC Ferries to Departure Bay or Duke Point in Nanaimo, Swartz Bay in Victoria, Port Hardy or Comox depending on where on the mainland you’re starting from. The drive from Nanaimo to Tofino is normally three-hours long via Highway 19 North and Highway 4.
However, there is a major construction project at Kennedy Hill that closes the road every day from 5 AM – 7AM and 11 AM – 3 PM Monday to Friday. Even at that, it’s only one lane so it can be slow going. Plan accordingly and check Drive BC for updates.
You can also fly to Tofino from Vancouver.
In this part of the world, it can rain A LOT, though summers can be amazing. Still if you don’t want to be stopped by the rain, it would be a good idea to dress for it.
Being the fashion queen that I am, I would recommend a hotel shower helmet on top of your bike helmet if it starts to rain. You can also buy one like this that would make you look a little sportier.
Long fingered bike gloves could come in handy on cool days.
Carry a few layers. I love arm warmers and leg warmers that are easy to slip off and on. If you stop at Long Beach for any length of time you’ll probably also want a raincoat or wind breaker.
For more information and to keep current on the trail status visit the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve website.
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Laptops enable us to perform and connect regardless of our site, so they are the best vacation companions. If you have never traveled with a laptop, rest confident it is a lot easier than you believe. Taking a notebook for vacation usually takes a minor bit of preparing, but you will get to acquire your beloved gadget together with you with out any issues. Here is every thing you want to know about traveling with a laptop computer:
Most of us feel that a smartphone can do the exact same task as a laptop, but which is not automatically correct. It all is dependent on what type of journey you are finding you into. Let us study some pros and downsides:
We usually hear the query: Can you bring a notebook on a plane? There is no purpose why you should not acquire your laptop computer with you on a plane and use it on a aircraft. However, you have to stick to the principles through the safety processes. There are two strategies of using a laptop inside of a airplane – check out-in baggage and have-on luggage.
But are laptops permitted in checked baggage? Yes, but most vacationers pack their laptops in a backpack since it is safer over-all. Check out-in baggage is not dealt with carefully, and your unit could get weakened through transportation. The suitcases are typically thrown all-around by the airport officers considering that they really do not know what is inside of.
Occasionally you have to pack your notebook in checked baggage, and that is okay. Just make positive it is well padded from all sides. Use a display protector and a sleeve initial. Your laptop should really be in the center of a suitcase, surrounded by as many dresses as attainable. Put smooth merchandise all around to avert scratches.
The security course of action for check-in baggage could be inconvenient because you need to have to choose all your digital units out or a suitcase. At the time you get rid of all the padding, test if the laptop computer is off, place it on a tray, and go on the treatment as standard.
Bear in mind to continue to keep an eye on your laptop computer throughout the scan. Theft is not unusual right here, even though there is loads of stability all around. Of program, you ought to get all the padding back as soon as the scan is total, which is not fun to do in an airport.
Having your laptop in carry-on baggage is a way safer selection, but how to carry a laptop properly?
All you have to have is a very well-padded backpack created for laptops. These generally have compartments for numerous other items and gadgets this sort of as electrical power financial institutions, headphones, wallets, etc. Listed here is a review of our favored carry-on backpack that has a pc compartment. If you are seeking for some thing smaller, have a glimpse at Rob’s daypack for travel that matches a laptop properly.
Investing in a higher-top quality laptop backpack is an fantastic thought if you tend to be on the transfer. Stay clear of using a laptop computer sleeve only since it will not thoroughly secure your laptop or computer in transport. A further possibility is to get a laptop computer touring scenario.
Carry-on luggage does not call for a lengthy safety procedure in advance of boarding a plane. The officials will weigh your bag, dependent on the airline and their regulations. It is crucial to observe that you can consider a number of laptops with you when touring domestically. The exact same goes for intercontinental flights as prolonged as the laptops are for particular use.
Airports typically have open up Wi-Fi networks that are hassle-free but also unsecured. Cybercriminals know travelers use Wi-Fi, and not absolutely everyone has solid security. Down load VPN for Mac or Personal computer before you connect to airport Wi-Fi.
Traveling with a notebook also needs some awareness. Once you board a plane, place your notebook backpack on the ground, around your ft. Stay away from overhead compartments due to the fact they can fly open if your flight is a bit bumpy. Really don’t pull out your laptop as soon as you sit down. Alternatively, wait for the formal announcement. The pilot will remind you to switch to airplane manner.
If you want to do some do the job during a flight, scoring a seat upcoming to the window is the finest option. You will be able to defend your laptop display from the sun when needed. Also, think about acquiring a privacy display screen cover.
Really don’t forget about cybersecurity after you arrive at your place. Considering that you will be using general public Wi-Fi in your hotel, places to eat, and cafes, try to remember that these connections are notoriously unsafe. Use your VPN for Mac or Computer system routinely.
VPN for Mac or Laptop will encrypt your relationship and make facts you send out or get impossible to crack by a 3rd particular person. This application is a travel necessary that could let you entry to geo-blocked sites much too.
Vacationers who want an online relationship all working day extended will reward from a system called pocket Wi-Fi, examine our evaluation about Tep Pocket Wifi in this article (we have been employing it for decades). It is a compact modem you can carry all over with you. Feel of it as a lesser variation of your home router. Pocket Wi-Fi does not have an tremendous vary, but you will be capable to hook up your laptop computer and other gadgets you have with you.
The sockets are not the similar all all-around the environment. Just before you embark on your journey abroad, make investments in a common adapter to make positive your battery is comprehensive all the time. The adapter really should also have security against power surges. For occasion, South East Asia is regarded for electrical power issues, and you do not want to harm your laptop for the duration of a journey.
Touring with a laptop could be risky simply because it could get stolen or misplaced in transportation. You could invest in a new laptop or computer when you get property, but you will eliminate all the facts. Backups can enable out with that. Preserve all your information on an external really hard travel or cloud storage of your selection. And try to remember to established up a password on your laptop as effectively.
At last, having travel insurance policy could make your excursion extra satisfying. Of system, it is not obligatory, and it is up to you to make this decision. The insurance policy addresses nearly anything that gets shed or weakened though touring, which include your electronic equipment.
So our last piece of guidance is to examine our Journey Insurance Tutorial. We assess insurance policies for long-expression travelers, but you can use the exact ideas and recommendations to get your travel insurance for days, months, or months. The important factor is to maintain you and your valuables secure.
Now that you know that you can convey your laptop on a airplane, go forward and plan your following adventure.
Don’t expect to see many people on this hike. The main reason lies with the difficulty – and the reality that there are long stretches of less than interesting forest to get to the good stuff. I knew the Fundy Footpath had a reputation for being a tough one, but what really surprised me was just how bloody steep the ups and downs were. One misplaced foot too, and you could take a terrible tumble. You do end up climbing and descending over 6,000 feet of vertical.
Described in this post is everything you need to know to hike the Fundy Footpath including the location of the best campsites. This is one trail where you don’t have to book a thing – just show up – unless you need to organize a shuttle.
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Assuming you want the full multi-day experience, you can start the Fundy Footpath at several locations (links take you to Google maps) – the Big Salmon River Visitor Centre at the western end of the trail near the suspension bridge, the Fundy National Park Visitor Centre near Alma at the eastern end of the trail or at the trailhead for Goose River, located a few minutes’ drive past the covered bridge in the national park.
Described will be the route I took as I hiked it solo from east to west. Although I didn’t start at the Fundy National Park Visitor Centre, I did do the hike to the Squaw’s Cap Look-off in 2013. In total, there are only 4 of the 64 km I haven’t hiked.
I wouldn’t recommend this hike if you’ve never camped or done a backpacking trip before. You might get in over your head and swear off backpacking forever. Be sure to leave a copy of your itinerary with a trusted friend or family member.
I was fortunate to have someone drop me off and pick me up, so I didn’t need a shuttle.
Go Fundy Tours offers a hiker shuttle from the Point Wolfe Campground to the Interpretive Centre on the Fundy Trail Parkway. It’s a two-hour trip and dogs are welcome. Visit their website for more information.
Adair’s Wilderness Lodge also offers a shuttle service.
If it’s a guided hike you’re after, check out the four and five day trips offered by Red Rock Adventure. A guided hike would be ideal for solo hikers or anyone who hasn’t done a lot of backpacking and worries about navigation. They include a stay at Martin Head – a pretty area that as far as I could see has been taken over by the ATV crowd on the weekend. If you to go on your own, be aware of tides and plan to be there on a weekday.
There are three towns close to the Fundy Trail – Alma, the Village of St. Martins and Sussex. All three towns offer overnight accommodation. The other option is to stay at Adairs Wilderness Lodge and take their shuttle the next morning.
Another option is to stay 30 minutes from Alma at Broadleaf Ranch – a glamping spot with cool accommodation options including a lighthouse, a covered bridge and a chuck wagon. I loved my covered bridge-themed accommodation that included a back deck featuring great views of the Bay of Fundy.
In Alma you might like Alma Shore Lane Suites & Cottages or the Captain’s Inn.
In St. Martins check out the Beach Street Inn or Salmon River B&B.
A good bet in Sussex is the Amsterdam Inn & Suites.
Years ago, I had considered including the Fundy Footpath in my book Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures. But I didn’t after speaking with someone from New Brunswick who said the trail was poorly marked.
I am happy to report that the trail is exceptionally well-marked in 2021. If you can follow a white blaze through the woods, then in theory you almost don’t need a map. I say almost, as there are a few places where it’s tricky. Those places are primarily around river or stream crossings where a map does make sense of where the trail is headed. In addition, a map, shows the location of campsites which is extremely helpful.
You will find kilometre signs almost every kilometre. There were perhaps three or four kilometres over four days where I didn’t see a sign. It isn’t until you’re about halfway into the hike, that you run into new kilometre signs. They match up with the map provided in the Fundy Footpath Hiker’s Guide Book so I much preferred them.
Goose River section
On the section to Goose River via the Goose River Trail in Fundy National Park, the hiking is straight-forward, well-signed and in fantastic condition. However, you won’t find white blazes in the park. They aren’t used until you’re on the far side of the Goose River on the Fundy Footpath proper and out of the park.
What is somewhat confusing is the fact that the Goose River Trail is part of the Fundy Footpath – though it’s a more recent addition.
My first navigation challenge was within 5 minutes of crossing Goose River. I saw the white blazes in the trees and started following them as I started climbing. At this point, I wondered what I’d got myself into as the trail was very steep and not in anywhere near the same shape as what I had enjoyed all morning in Fundy National Park.
After about 10 minutes, while following a trail, I noticed I’d lost the white blazes. Oh, oh I thought. Is this what the rest of the hike is going to be like? Fortunately, it was not.
I made the mistake of following a trail without looking for blazes. Once you’ve been on the Fundy Footpath for a few hours, you know to expect the blazes at frequent intervals (you should actually be able to see one either behind or in front of you at all times) – and if you lose them, you need to back up to find them again.
That’s exactly what I did. I reversed direction, going downhill – and then I met another hiker (one of the few I saw in four days). He had an old hiking app which showed that the trail that we were on would meet the main trail in short order. So, I turned around again and followed him for about 10 minutes to reach the main trail and breathed a sign of relief.
Goose Creek navigation
Goose Creek is massive. Once you arrive at the creek, the white blazes disappear until you get to the other side. Don’t forget to time your crossing with the help of tide charts.
I crossed four creeklets in my water shoes to get to an opening in the trees, that could be seen directly across from the trail you arrive on. Despite signage that suggests the Fundy Footpath takes off into the woods on the far side, don’t do it. Instead follow a trail through the grasses immediately adjacent to the woods to a point where you’re almost at the Bay of Fundy. If you look at the photo below, you ultimately end up at the far-right hand corner where the tidal flats meet the woods. You will see signage and there is the option to go to the beach. Some of the walking once you’ve crossed to the other side is wet thanks to ATV usage.
Martin Head area
If you follow the white blazes, you won’t lose the trail in the Martin Head area. However, do expect to cross numerous ATV tracks. If you’re there on a weekend expect lots of noise and music.
If you’re interested in camping in the Martin Head area, you’ll have to pay close attention to the tides and the route you take in on the roads from the Fundy Footpath. I didn’t bother checking out the area so I can’t comment on how easy or difficult it is to navigate. If it’s a weekend, be aware that you will be camping with lots of partying ATVers.
Wolf Brook navigation
When you arrive at the Wolf Brook Campground, it seems counterintuitive – at least to me, that you head inland via the brook. If you’re hiking west, turn right at the campground and look up the brook. You’ll see an open area in the trees a couple of hundred metres away. That’s your destination.
But to get there you must scramble over a slippery outcrop or put your water shoes on and wade. I scrambled – and slid down on my rear to the trail going east. From then on it was a snap to reach the second tenting location – which I might add is less desirable unless it’s raining. Cross the brook – which can sometimes be deep – and pick up the blazes again.
Little Salmon River Navigation
At the Little Salmon River, it’s not immediately obvious where you go but if you look in the first photo you can see a white sign in the trees. That’s your first marker. Then continue along the grassy shoreline to pick up the trail heading up into the trees. This area is one of the busier ones as there is a parking lot at McCumber Brook Road along the Fundy Trail that provides good access to the footpath.
Seely Beach navigation
Seely Beach is one long beach. When you arrive on it heading west, turn right and follow it to reach trees with blazes. It’s about 5 minutes from the location pictured below. It too is one of the busier spots so there will likely be people around to point you in the right direction.
Day one: Goose River Trailhead in Fundy National Park to Rose Brook Campground – Approximately 14 km and 6 hours with breaks
The Goose River section of the Fundy Footpath offers lovely walking, especially in the morning with all the sunbeams. It’s rated as difficult by the national park – perhaps because of its length, but I found the hiking on it to be quick and easy. The crossing of Goose River – which is tidal – needs to be taken into consideration. It was a non-event and I was across it in seconds.
From there the trail steepened and the next 2.5 km or so were tough, especially the steep descent to Rose Brook.
I met a couple of fellows at Rose Brook and ended up sharing the next two campsites with them. They were locals doing it to celebrate a 40th birthday but both said, “once was enough.” A big thank you goes out to them for hanging my food with theirs every night.
Day 2: Rose Brook to Telegraph Brook – Approximately 14 km – 6.5 hours with breaks
This was an interesting day of hiking that started off steeply – a running theme every day. Within a few kilometres you reach the Cougar’s Lair – an area of cliffs and crevasses that can hold ice in the spring for a long time. Brandy Brook makes for a nice lunch stop. It’s got several decent campsites too though it’s more closed-in than I like. From there, you can do an optional hike to Tweedle-Dee Tweedle-Dum Falls, 10 minutes away.
After lunch I enjoyed pretty views of Martin Head as I was often quite close to the cliff edge. (Be careful!!) After getting through the Martin Head area and the maze of ATV trails, it was a pleasure to reach the Quiddy River. Good camping here.
The afternoon offered less interesting hiking through some alders and along old roads. The descent to Telegraph Brook is extremely steep. The rocky beach has room for about 4 tents along with one near the falls but it’s noisy. It was my favourite campsite of all.
Day 3: Telegraph Brook to Cradle Brook – 14 km – approximately 6 hours
This felt like a long hard day to me. Originally, I had planned to go on to Seely Beach but in the end I am so happy I opted to camp at Cradle Brook. It is another wonderful campsite overlooking the Bay of Fundy.
It didn’t take long to get to Wolfe Brook. From there it got interesting. After crossing the brook (which can be a challenge after a big rain) pass by the base of a small waterfall. Then descend to Brothers Brook, cross the bridge and be prepared for some of the roughest hiking on the trail via the giant steps shown below. Contour around Round Hill and then descend steeply to the Little Salmon River. The trail for the descent is in great shape. After crossing the river, the climb up on the other side was far less onerous than the map suggested. This is one of the few areas where you run into regular day hikers who are accessing the trail from the Fundy Parkway.
Finish with a steep descent to Cradle Brook!
Day 4: Cradle Brook to the Big Salmon River Visitor Centre – 12 km – approximately 5 hours
I figured the last day would be a snap. It was not. It started with steep ladders and continued off and on with steep , sometimes poorly maintained ladders until I reached Seely Beach. I had expected far gentler hiking on this section of the trail. Once at the beach I also figured it would be easy going. Again, it was not.
The vertical I climbed on the last day wasn’t as severe as on the other days but there was still plenty of it. And it was wet and muddy – a far cry from the sunshine on the other three days. Just after Seely Beach reach the Dragon’s Tooth – a cool looking mossy-covered balancing rock.
Before you reach Long Beach, you climb through a section of grasses and wildflowers. Long Beach would normally be a lovely spot to explore – or at least to enjoy a lunch. But by the time I got there I was just ready to wrap up the hike. I found the next few kilometres less interesting but that was probably on account of the dreary day. What a treat it was to see the bridge and then walk across the Big Salmon River suspension bridge. I felt I had earned a lobster roll and ice cream cone for finishing!
The following are a brief description of the various campsites with my favourites being Rose Brook, Telegraph Brook, and Cradle Brook. I don’t like campsites, like Jim Brook, that are dark and wet or ones that see a lot of people like Seely Beach.
There is a large creek running through the Rose Brook campsite, so the water supply is excellent. The beach camping is lovely and there is room for lots of people.
The next closest campsite is Jim Brook. There is only room for a few tents – and in hindsight I’m so glad I didn’t try and push on to this one.
Goose Creek reportedly has a large campsite with good views. Brandy Brook as mentioned is in a lovely location in the woods so you wouldn’t go wrong with this one – though probably no more than three to four tents could comfortably fit here. Martin Head would be too busy for my liking though on a quiet day I’m sure there’s some gorgeous camping to be had.
At Telegraph Brook there ended up being four sets of tents set up – and no one was on top of anyone. It has the added benefit of a swimming hole.
Wolf Brook would be fine if you weren’t in the trees. There are lots of campsites.
Brothers Brook is reportedly okay for hammocks but not tents.
Little Salmon River has lots of campsites. It’s pretty though I prefer to be right on the Bay of Fundy.
Cradle Brook offers great beach camping.
Seely Beach would be fantastic on a sunny day when you didn’t need shelter, but I found the wooded campsites to be dark and heavily used.
Apart from ensuring your hiking boots are broken in and you’re in the physical shape to do the trail, be sure to pick up a copy of the 2021 edition of the Fundy Footpath Hiker’s Guide Book. It’s small and portable but unfortunately full of errors – both spelling and factual. But if you can overlook that, it’s still useful. It comes with a tide chart and the map – which also has errors e.g., the location of Rose Brook in kilometres in relation to Goose River and the elevation maps aren’t entirely accurate, especially heading west out of Little Salmon River.
Set your compass declination to 18° west.
Print out a copy of the tide charts – to plan your crossing of Goose River and Goose Creek. You will need to cross within about three hours on either side of low tide.
With a copy of the guidebook, you will get a sense of what’s coming up along the trail. I would pull it out at lunch time to see if there was anything of note ahead. But for navigation purposes, following the white blazes (they conform to the Appalachian Trail System blazes) and being aware of the navigation challenges noted above is all you really need to do on the trail. Note that a change of direction is marked by double white blazes and side trails by yellow blazes.
Always carry the 10 hiking essentials.
Be sure to take lightweight hiking poles.
A water filter or treatment system is a necessity. So is high calorie food – so pack plenty of energy bars.
I took bear spray as a precaution but didn’t so much as see bear scat. At least be bear aware. I thought I had read beforehand that there were bear boxes, but I never saw one. So take a carabiner or two, a length of rope, and a waterproof bag to store your food. You’ll have to hang it every night.
I think a tent is a far preferable choice to a camping hammock for this hike, especially after my experience with the most inconsiderate campers of all time.
Take a camping stove.
Reportedly bug repellent is a necessity but apart from biting flies one night, I didn’t ever see many bugs. That’s the beauty of going in late August.
Good rain gear and a rain hat is a necessity. So is a backpack rain cover. Clothing should be quick dry. Take something warm and windproof for its cool in the mornings by mid-August. I love the Patagonia down sweater.
Take a cellphone battery charger if you want to talk to people every night. All the campsites I stayed at had good cell signals, probably bounced over from Nova Scotia.
Take an extra day’s supply of food should you get caught in a storm.
A big thank you to all the volunteers that have developed and maintained the Fundy Footpath over the years. I was in awe at what a great job people have done blazing the trail.
A giant thank you to Tourism New Brunswick for making this trip happen and to Neil Hodge for the pick up and drop off.
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Europe is one of the world’s best destinations for culture, sightseeing, and beach holidays. Unfortunately, there is just too much to see on a single trip. But a 2-week Europe itinerary can give a good taste of it.
There are plenty of options and places to visit in Europe in a 2-week itinerary but which choices stand out the most? Which European 2-week itinerary allows you to visit the most countries and really explore the regional makeup of the continent?
It’s difficult to choose, we know. And you probably want to see and do as much as possible, so creating a 14 days Europe itinerary seems like a daunting task. Don’t panic, we are here to help and share with you 3 of our favorite travel itineraries for Europe in 2 weeks.
We’ve gathered 3 regions, or better say 3 themes, creating unique and, in our opinion, the best 2 weeks Europe itineraries. They will allow you to experience different sides of Europe, dive into their unique history, culture, gastronomy, and natural beauty. The itineraries use the most popular cities in each region as a base, from there you can do day trips to beaches, medieval towns, and historic sites.
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Time needed: 2 week
Best time of year to visit: May
Method of transport: Road/rail or air
Iberia is one of the best spots to enjoy sun, sea, and sangria and is home to both Spain and Portugal. It is a wide and diverse area with beautiful beaches, mountains, forests, and even a small desert.
Remember if you’re a Canadian traveler visiting Spain from 2022 onwards you’ll need an ETIAS for Spain before you arrive. This will let you into the country and explore anywhere in the 26 nation Schengen area during your trip.
For this 2-week Europe itinerary, you’ll start in Barcelona, the capital of the Catalonia region and a favorite for world travelers thanks to its beaches, restaurants, and cultural activities. From there you can explore the region as there are plenty of what to do around and outside Barcelona.
After enjoying everything this incredible European city offers, you can easily make your way to the national capital of Madrid.
Madrid is a great place to see Spain away from the coasts and get a glimpse into the history and customs of the country and urban city life. It’s also a great spot for foodies who can enjoy real tapas that often come free with a drink purchase. Don’t forget to visit Toledo, the former Spanish capital that is only one hour away from Madrid.
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From Madrid, it’s a 10-hour overnight train to Lisbon or a shorter 1-hour flight if you’re in more of a hurry. This brings you to your final destination, the hilly but majestic capital of Portugal.
Lisbon may be the biggest city in the country but it has a much more relaxed vibe compared to many capitals. This is also a superb place to try seafood like cod, squid, and the city’s emblematic sardine.
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It’s also chocked full of history and beautiful sights – such as the famous yellow trams, St George’s Castle and a bit further from the city center is the Belém neighborhood, worth visiting. And add to your itinerary a visit to Sintra, one of the best day trips from Lisbon. It’s the perfect endnote to an Iberian excursion.
Time needed: 2 week
Best time of year to visit: June-August
Method of transport: Boat and rail
A lot of people forget how interconnected Scandinavia is. Luckily for travelers, however, this relative proximity makes it simple to visit all 3 capital cities in the region in a 2-week Europe itinerary.
First up is Oslo the capital of Norway. The city is easily explored on foot with local sights like the Viking Ship Museum and plenty of options for fjord cruises to help fill your time here. Another interesting city to add to your European itinerary is Bergen, 6 hours by train from Oslo.
From here it’s an overnight boat ride down to Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital. This is currently one of the best cities for restaurants in the world, and there are also world-famous sights like the Little Mermaid, the Carlsberg Brewery, and the Nyhavn waterfront.
On the last leg of the journey, it’s just a 5-hour ride from here to Stockholm the capital of Sweden. This archipelago is home to many great historic sights such as the Royal Palace (or Sveriges Kungahus) and City Hall (Stadshuset). And incredible museums that will fill up your days with culture, fun, and unique experiences.
It’s also well worth taking a boat tour while you are here to really take in the 14 islands that make up the municipality.
If you plan to do this 2-week European itinerary by train, we have the best guide for you. Here is our post about how to travel around Scandinavia by train, be inspired, and discover which rail pass is the best for you.
Time needed: 2 week
Best time of year to visit: April – June
Method of transport: Road/rail
The Budapest-Vienna-Prague itinerary is a famous 2 week trip in Europe, but our version has one more stop and starts in Prague. Central Europe is full of ornate sights and Prague is the perfect place to start on this tour of them.
From the statue-lined Charles Bridge and picturesque Prague Castle on the hill overlooking the beautifully preserved Old Town Square, there is a huge amount of history and culture to explore in the city. There are also many interesting day tris from Prague, like going to the charming town of Český Krumlov, hiking at the stunning Bohemian Switzerland National Park, or going to Pilsen to try Cezch’s traditional beer.
Once you finish with Prague and region, you’ll need to take a 4-hour train to get to Vienna. However, once here, you’ll see why it is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
The once imperial capital of the Austrian Empire is home to beautiful gardens, wide boulevards, and fantastic river walks along the Danube. There’s also plenty of reminders from its empire heyday with the Hofberg, St Stephen’s Cathedral, and Schonbrunn Palace all open to explore and admire.
From here, it’s another short train ride of about 3 hours to Bratislava from Vienna. Bratislava isn’t too big so you’ll only need a shorter stay here, but it’s a stop you won’t want to miss. Sights like Bratislava Castle and Micheal’s gate are well worth the time.
For the final stop in Budapest, you’ll have to take a 2-hour train from Bratislava to arrive in Hungary’s capital. This charming city is an excellent finale to the experience with breathtaking attractions that are just asking to be Instagrammed such as Hero’s Square, Buda Castle Hill funicular, and the Great Market.
Last but not least, no matter where you stop on this 2 week Europe itinerary, try the goulash. It is amazing in each of these locations.
Europe is a continent where things change quickly and no one region is the same. In the three itineraries we’ve suggested, you’ll get a different perspective of European life no matter which you choose.
To plan the ultimate European trip you need to consider a few things: season, transportation, accommodation, and what you want to see or visit.
Depending on which season you will be traveling to Europe, 2 week itinerary can give you plenty of time to see and do a lot, especially in Summer and Spring when the days are longer. When planning your itinerary for Summer keep in mind that this is the busiest season for many European capitals. This means more tourists and higher prices. But it’s also the best time to visit beach destinations like Spain and Portugal.
If you are planning an itinerary for Winter, you will have fewer hours of daylight to be outside and some attractions might close early or are fully closed. On the other hand, Central Europe and Scandinavia in winter are magical.
There is no surprise that flight prices are cheaper in advance, the same happens for trains across Europe. If you like to travel by train, here is a super guide to travel around Europe using the Eurail Pass (pros and cons of Eurail train travel).
Yes, you can get a last-minute deal, but the odds are small. Planning your transportation in advance will help you keep the costs of your 2 weeks in Europe down, especially if you are coming from another continent and want to find cheap flights to Europe. Also, it will save you time, as you won’t have to worry about searching and booking anything during the trip.
For travelers who want to spend 2 weeks around in Europe with open plans, my suggestion is to at least do some research before traveling. That way you will know the routes, possible connections, where to buy the tickets and the average prices for flights, trains, ferries, and buses.
You will find a lot of companies and websites offering travel/transportation services in Europe on our Travel Planning page. Use it as a guide to organizing your ultimate European trip.
For day trips or to explore the destination beyond the city center, you can use the local or regional trains. Most of the European destination has a train station located in the city center and offer high-speed train services, what make easy to explore a region in a couple of days.
Also, keep in mind that during the high seasons, Summer and Winter, everything tends to be booked in advance. Be smart and save your place by booking your transportation at least a couple of weeks before your trip to Europe.
Accommodation can be a fairly easy topic or a very complicated one. It wall depends on your style of traveling, budget, and your plans for 2 weeks traveling in Europe.
In general, we would recommend booking your hotel or hostel in advance, especially during high seasons or in popular destinations. But if you are the type of last-minute guest, then keep in mind that you might not find the perfect option, but you will definitely find a bed to sleep in.
We share our tips and tricks on how to find the best deals on hotels and how to book the perfect room for any trip (Europe or worldwide) in this Accommodation Guide. Read it and bookmark it for your future trips.
This is the most complicated part of planning a 2-week Europe itinerary. We shared a few tips on what to do and see in the itineraries above. However, If you want to know more about all the things to do in each city/country, click on their names and you will be direct to the travel guides. There you will find the city highlights, what to do, where to stay and eat, plus how to get around and travel budgets.
An important note: most of the attractions located in the countries we mentioned offer advanced booking, and some even have the skip the line ticket. Be smart and book all your entrance tickets in advance, and even your tours. By doing so you will save time, and avoid missing the best sights due to full capacity or restrictions.
If you are unsure which countries and major cities you want to add to your 2-week European vacation, we have tons of inspiration for you. Visit our Destination Page and you will find all European countries we have visited. Click on them to read the guides and blog posts. I can assure you, it’s pure wanderlust.
Another tip is to have a look at Eastern Europe or Baltic countries, you can create some incredible two weeks travel itinerary through those regions.
Now it’s up to you to decide your favorite way to see Europe in 2 weeks itinerary. Have you tried any of these journeys yourself or do you have any questions about one of the destinations? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.
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