Crystal blue lagoons, calm waters and impressive sand dunes – that’s what you can expect when planning a kiteboarding trip to Jericoacoara in Ceara, Brazil’s kitesurfing mecca. It’s an easy 300 km bus ride from Fortaleza airport that will take you to beautiful beaches and warm water all year round in about four hours. But it’s worth it as the dunes are part of the wind promise of Brazil’s northwest. The clearer the sky, the stronger the winds as the dunes heat up and create local thermic effects. The best time to go is between August and January where the wind blows strongly all day, almost every day, but you can still catch some great days in February if the sky remains clear.
A small fishing village gone kitesurfing hot spot
Jeri, as the locals call it, is a remote, laid-back beach town and a great base to start your downwinders or plan day trips to the surrounding lagoons by buggy and 4×4. The town used to be an undisturbed small fishing village. Today you’ll meet plenty of kitesurfers and windsurfers plus backpackers and the odd honeymooner. It’s a lively, colorful place build on dunes and if there’s something this place doesn’t lack it’s sand. You can be sure to have a great time and a relaxing kitesurfing holiday.
Take advantage of the surrounding spots
Jeri’s own beach is only something for the locals and very experienced kiteboarders as the wind often come in gusty and blows mainly side-offshore. Plus it can get very crowded. For better kitesurfing conditions it is recommended to travel the 15km up the coast to Preá where you’ll find a wide sandy beach and the wind is mainly side-onshore. Guriú and Tatajuba are also worth a trip with mainly sideshore winds.
BSTOKED KITESURFING EXPERIENCES IN BRAZIL
Don’t miss the superb downwinders
To get to Guriú you can launch your kite in Jeri and kite the 10 km downwind till you get to the Rio Guriú with nice flat water riding conditions in the river mouth. Or you go for the waves out on the ocean. If you don’t have someone tagging along with a car you can try to catch a ride home at the Rio Guriú raft point, as all 4×4 have to cross there to get back to Jericoacoara.
Experience Brazil’s unique nature
A lot of kite schools offer organized kite safaris accompanying you with a beach buggy or a 4×4 vehicle. It’s a great way to experience the different lagoons along the coast and Brazil’s beautiful coastal nature like the mangroves in general.
Also, if you get the chance don’t miss Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. If you have enough time to squeeze a trip in your itinerary this is an absolute must see. You need a guide to enter but it is totally worth it. If you can it’s best to go at the beginning of the kite season in order to see as many pools as possible. The simply never-ending stretch of white sand and glittering pools are an experience that will blow your mind.