Rosa Beach, Santa Catarina, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

FROM the balcony of Quinta do Bucanero, a pousada in the center of Praia do Rosa, the appeal of the Brazilian seaside town is obvious.

Perched on top of a cliff, the 10-room hotel is surrounded by a tropical jungle and forested mountains, with views of a long, sweeping stretch of golden sand and two lagoons. Surfers dot the waves, and orchids scent the air.

It’s this natural beauty that first attracted Jacqueline Biazus, who owns Bucanero along with her husband, nearly four decades ago, when she was an 18-year-old hippie — and to return 15 years later to build the hotel.

“Back then, there was nothing here in Rosa,” she said as she sat at a balcony table overlooking the scenery. “It’s not like it is today.”

Located in the southern state of Santa Catarina, Praia do Rosa is about one hour by car south of Florianópolis, the popular state capital, known for the more than 40 beaches that have become a mainstay for the international jet set.

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