With more than 8 thousand km of coastline,it's not easy to choose a beach in Brazil, however one beach that stands out this summer is Jericoacoara, which is located on the north coast in the state of Ceará.
Jericoacoara still reflects simplicity of the old fishing village bathed by the colors and luminosity of Ceará; To approximately the 300 km of Fortaleza, the trip to Jericoacoara allows the contact with diverse characteristics of northeast Brasilian. Made in cars off-road the passage can be made by desert and wild beaches.
Jericoacoara beach has
been declared by the
one of the ten best beaches
in the world and
considered by Brazilian
the best beach in their
Located 300 km north of
Jericoacoara is an oasis
among white sandy dunes,
like a precious gem in the
core of Jericoacoara
Almost permanently clad by the bright colours and luminosity of Ceará - somehow remains under a spell reflecting the simple pattern of life of the old fishermen village.
Jeri, as it is affectionately called by its inhabitants, lays at approx 2º 50´ South of the Equator. This position gives stable weather conditions. The climate is dry and the temperature ranges between 25º - 31ºC all through the year. The sea water is always worm and its colours vary from emerald-green to blue. The place bears the benefit of the Trade Winds, which constantly blow from July to December making its beach one of the most sought for the practice of windsurf and kiting in the whole world.
Jericoacoara has also the privilege of being situated inside the homonymous National Park, an untouched environmental protected area of endless beaches, dunes and of the "Serrote" a 93 m hill on whose base one meets two huge and famous rocks, the Pedra Furada and Pedra do Frade. Jeri is a place wordly known for its beauty and enchantment, which was actually confirmed by reputed media such as The Washington Post, Discovery Channel and Terra.
Long way back the region was the homeland of the Caeté Indians known as "the friends of the Wind". In the 17th Century, Jericoacoara was the stage of harsh disputes between the Portuguese, Dutch, French colonizers and the Tremembé Indians.
The first Jeri´s dwellers of our era were people from the backland of Ceará who fled from a terrible drought and who around 1890 decided to halt here turning themselves into fishermen.
The distance from Fortaleza is just above 300 km. Such a trip gives the opportunity to travellers to sight some varied aspects of the North Eastern Brazil. It may be done by bus or by off-road vehicles which may take you for desert and still savage beaches. Jericoacoara - almost permanently clad by the bright colours and luminosity of Ceará - somehow remains under a spell reflecting the simple pattern of life of the old fishermen village.
Jeri, as it is affectionately called by its inhabitants, lays at
Jericoacoara was considered one of the ten most exuberant beaches of the planet, so lets put aside any concern and bring focus mainly on what the nature created over many years to our pleasure. There are no doubts of the beauty diversity in Jeri, so it’s not by chance that the trips in buggy are the most searched by the tourists. Natural lakes between huge dunes, unexplored beaches and natural rock sculptured in `Serrote’ surrounds this magic place.
Don’t forget: Jericoacoara is located within a National Park where ecology has a very valuable meaning among the residents.
Through the years the village adapted itself to the demands of who visited it, the tourism structure is one of the most important of the State of Ceara, it counts with more than 80 lodgings, hotels, bead & breackfast, inns, campings and private lodgings; adding up to an international cuisine with more than 40 restaurants of various specialties: Italian, French, regional and others.
Another important issue of Jericoacoara is the sport. Schools of windsurf , kitesurf, capoeira (cultural expression that mixes fight, dance, popular culture and music developed by African slaves in Brazil) and sandboard, are one of the most important attractions of the region. The geographical characteristics of Jeri and Prea provides everything you need to practice, learn as well as compete in all of these modalities. Competitions of windsurf, kitesurf are periodically made in Jeri by the best organizations of Brazil and of the world.
One of the most important icons of Jeri is Pedra Furada, rocky formation carved by the sea for thousands of years. An interesting point of Pedra Furada is the trail that leads you to it and the magic energy you feel in the air. For the most mistic, Pedra Furada has a different energy to other places. To guarantee the preservation of the region, The National Park of Jericoacoara acquired 400 hectares, totalizing 8,850 hectares, including, as well, the Manguezal Rio Guriú, area of the seahorses, also some permanent dunes and zones covered by native vegetation. The conservation of the region is what makes of Jericoacoara a unique place. Jericoacoara is located at 313km from Fortaleza (capital of the State of Ceara), with access by the National Routes 222 and 402, and state routes 085, 422, 354, 402 and 179.