Jericoacoara surprises everyone with its great number of beaches, hotels, inns and restaurants. It is a true paradise. I hope to go again this year as I do every year and see if I have the courage to learn how to kitesurf. I have friends who have a kite surfing school and I have never had the time to learn. This is a great place to learn, as the sea is flat. I recommend everyone to visit this excellent tourist destination.
We arrived in Canoa Quebrada late at night after a long bus ride from Jericoacoara. The inn where he planned to stay, however, was not at all what their online photos showed. Looking around we found a small white door dimly lit. That was our place! It was previously a family home, and it is now an inn with only 5 rooms, almost hanging off the cliff. The personal attention from the owner and the friendly staff made it the ideal place for a few days rest before continuing on to Fortaleza where the adventure would end started farther north in San Luis and Lencois Maranhenses.
Praia do Futuro is the most famous and popular beach in Fortaleza, and the largest in extent. It is about 11 km from downtown Fortaleza. In the restaurants here you can enjoy recipes based on fish, lobsters and shellfish. The nightlife is good, as there are several bars and shows.
Lagoa do Paraiso is the typical postcard image of Jericoacoara. To get there to you need to hire a 4x4 or dune buggy, a better choice since the road is narrow and the things handle great. The hammocks set up above the clear blue water are really inviting...you could spend all day there just admiring the beauty of the place. There is a rather expensive restaurant but the service wasn't bad and the food was pretty good. It's worth visiting and definitely one of the best beaches in Brazil.
Built in the old port area, the Art and Culture Centre is located in Praia de Iracema. Its attractions include the museum of contemporary art, a theatre, some cinemas, an ampitheatre, a cafe, and a planetarium. It's all free, and there are concerts and other cultural activities held here. On Sunday afternoons, there are fun activities for children. In the surrounding area there are several bars, restaurants and artisan shops. On Friday and Saturday, the area comes alive with the sound of samba. I love it!
This is definitely one of the tourist icons of the city, with the statue of Iracema. Iracema is the main character and the title of a book by Joss de Alencar. There are three statues scattered throughout the city: one at Iracema Beach, another at Mucuripe Beach, and the last at Lake Messejana. My favourite is the first, lit up at night. By the statue is a small craft market in the afternoons, and at night children and young people gather on scooters, skates and bikes.
This is the most famous water park in the city of Fortaleza. Although its main attractions are the water slides, there's plenty here to suit all tastes and ages. The giant water slides are what makes it worth the entrance of 130 reals - they'll almost make you forget the extortionate prices of drinks and snacks inside the park (300ml of beer for 9 reals!). Each different section has its own special charms for young and old alike. The most fun attractions are probably the Atlantis and the Morea Black, slides with buoys for two or three people, which can be used completely safely. The only problem is that the park is open from 11 am, and closes at 17h and the time really flies inside. Many of the attractions close an hour earlier. You can easily spend all day here...
This is the perfect place to come at the end of the afternoon to watch the sunset. Located right at the beginning of the Avenida Beira Mar prominade, the starting point for many day trips. In front, there's a bar which has the best beer in town!
This beach is 35km from Fortaleza, in the Metropolitan Borough of Cucaia. It has white sand dunes and coastal lagoons and 3 lagoons: Banana Lagoon, where you can do motor sports; Cauípe Laguna, perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing, and Parnamirim Lagoon.
The Japanese garden is the perfect place to visit in the afternoon. It's similar to the one you'll see in the city of Buenos Aires, but is home to more than 50 species of plants. Located on Avenida Beira Mar, it fills an area of more than 1,900 m, and allows the visitor to enjoy an authentic Japanese environment, with streams and lakes and even a waterfall (symbolising strength and youth) and a bridge (symbolising the connection between Earth and Heaven). It's open to the public every day from 8 am to 00h with free admission.
A very pleasant excursion from Jericoacoara is a barge ride in a stretch of sea with thousands of red and blue crabs and 3 different species of seahorse, yellow, red and brown. Some are hermaphrodites. A wonderful sight.