What Are Brazil’s Best kitesurfing spots?
Actually, Brazil is one great kitesurfing spot, at least when we’re looking at the northern Ceará region. There is just so much to explore!
Where it all begins – Cumbuco
Cumbuco certainly is Brazil’s best-known kitesurfing spot. Once a small and out-of-the-way fishing community it now is one of the world’s most famous kiteboarding spots known for turquoise waters, sandy beaches, great infrastructure, steady winds and its lovely people. Over six kilometers of sandy beach and steady trade winds speak for themselves. The best way to get there is flying in via Fortaleza.
From there it’s a 40-60 minute drive up north – so you can hop off an international flight and be at the beach in no time. How’s that for convenience? Cumbuco is a lively place with friendly locals, many restaurants, and a few bars, but if you want to go clubbing it’s better to head over to Fortaleza.
Heading east – Barra Nova
Sandy beaches with lots of space to launch and land your kite. That’s Barra Nova, a kiteboarding paradise with steady winds from August to December. A secluded place that can easily be reached by car or bus from Fortaleza Airport, Barra Nova offers a lagoon with nice flat water, shallow areas and waves on the ocean side. It’s a classic beach to board spot!
Wild wild west – say Hi to Jeri
Jericoacoara, or short Jeri as the locals call it, has a unique „end-of-the-world“ feeling to it and is definitely worth a visit. This remote fisher village has grown to accustom windsurfers and kiteboarders alike and offers a nice mix of bars, restaurants, and a beachy flair. It’s a lively, colorful place build on dunes and if there’s something this place doesn’t lack its sand.
Jeri’s own beach is better left to the locals and rather experienced kitesurfers as the wind often comes in gusty and blows mainly side-offshore. 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.
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A new star is born – Atins
Far up west and quite a trip from Fortaleza this is still more of an insider. Atins is the new star under the Brazilian kite spots. Kiting between white sand dunes with flat water pools will blow your mind. Winds are steady between July and January thanks to the trade winds and thermal effects created by the dunes. Sandbars and the river mouth guarantee a great flat water experience with the option to catch some waves out on the ocean. Just keep in mind to check the tide calendar.
An all-time favorite – Brazil’s downwinders
Brazil is famous for its downwinders. If you’re up for it and start in Cumbuco you can keep heading up the coast for one to two weeks while covering more than 600 km. Shorter downwinders take you from Cumbuco to Jeri or from Jeri to Atins. If you can, factor in a visit to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.