Ceará’s coastline is known for its paradisiacal beaches, year-round warm weather and a favourable environment for water sports and relaxation.

On the east and west coasts of Ceará, dunes and cliffs practically intersperse every beach, as in Canoa Quebrada, Jericoacoara, Aquiraz, Camocim and Bitupitá.

The state of Ceará is one of Brazil’s main tourist centres and the main reason for this is the beautiful beaches scattered along its coastline.

The curious thing is that the Ceará coastline is divided into east and west, unlike most of the rest of the country, which is north and south.

The differences between the two coastlines are quite marked.

The east has beaches that tend to be more crowded, especially the cliffs that are found on most of them.

On the west coast, the beaches are less crowded and have dunes. The capital Fortaleza also offers good beaches for holidaymakers to enjoy.

Tourist attractions along the coast of Ceará

1. Canoa Quebrada

  • Dunes and Cliffs: Known for its impressive reddish cliffs and white sand dunes.
  • Broadway: The village’s main street, full of bars, restaurants and craft shops.
  • Buggy rides: Explore the dunes and lagoons on thrilling rides.

2. Jericoacoara

  • Pedra Furada: A famous natural stone arch that is one of the postcards of Jeri.
  • Praia da Malhada: Ideal for kitesurfing and windsurfing due to the strong winds.
  • Lagoa do Paraíso: Known for its crystal-clear waters and hammocks in the water.

3. Praia das Fontes and Morro Branco

  • Labirinto das Falésias: A complex of colourful cliffs that form a natural labyrinth.
  • Tranquil Beaches: Calm waters and freshwater springs that flow from the sand.

4. Cumbuco

  • Dunas de Cumbuco: Perfect for buggy rides, with options for excitement (extreme) or tranquillity (light).
  • Lagoa do Banana: A great place to relax and practise water sports such as wakeboarding and stand-up paddle.

5. Praia do Futuro (Fortaleza)

  • Beach Shacks: Complete structures offering meals, drinks, swimming pools and live shows.
  • Family Environment: Ideal waters for bathing and leisure activities.

6. Mundaú

  • Catamaran trips: Explore the calm waters of the Mundaú river and its natural pools.
  • Tranquility: One of the quietest and least explored beaches, perfect for those seeking peace and quiet.

7. Flecheiras

  • Natural Pools: Formed at low tide, ideal for snorkelling and observing marine life.
  • Jangada Tours: Traditional Ceará boats that offer tours of the coastline.

8. Camocim

  • Ilha do Amor: An island with deserted beaches and stunning landscapes.
  • Barra dos Remédios: A meeting of the river and the sea, forming incredible landscapes.

9. Icaraí de Amontada

  • Sunset: Considered one of the most beautiful in Ceará.
  • Kitesurfing: Constant winds make the place ideal for practising the sport.

General Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season, from July to December, is the best time to visit, with constant sunshine and little rain.
  • Transport: To explore the coast, renting a car or hiring tours is the best option.
  • Accommodation: There is a wide variety of accommodation, from simple inns to luxury resorts, depending on the beach and the level of comfort desired.

Ceará’s coastline offers a diversity of landscapes and activities that cater for all tastes, from the adventurous to those just looking to relax by the sea.