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By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Just a two-hour plane ride south of Rio, Florianópolis, the capital city of the Southern state of Santa Catarina, is a favorite summer destination for many Brazilians. Not only does this popular city boast 42 beaches and some of the best nightlife in all of Brazil, it also has one of the lowest crime rates in the country and is the Brazilian capital city with the highest Human Development Index score.

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