Cumbuco beach in Ceará is a kitesurfing paradise

Cumbuco Beach, located in the state of Ceará, Brazil, is famous for its ideal conditions for kitesurfing. Situated around 30 km west of Fortaleza, Cumbuco offers constant winds, favourable waters and an infrastructure that caters for both beginners and experienced kitesurfers.

Cumbuco no Ceará
Cumbuco in Ceará

The Vila do Cumbuco is another differential for those who have the beach as a destination. The charm of the fishing village makes the visit even more inviting.

Full of options for inns and restaurants, it is surrounded by dunes and is close to other attractions, such as the Lagoa do Banana, and beaches as well known as Barra do Cauípe and Icaraí.

Kitesurf em Cumbuco no Ceará
Kitesurf in Cumbuco

What is kitesurfing

Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, is a water sport that combines elements of surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding and paragliding.

The practitioner, called a kitesurfer or kiter, uses a board with or without straps and is pulled by a kite controlled by a bar. The kite is connected to the kitesurfer by aramid or dyneema lines, which are extremely strong and light materials.

How Kitesurfing Works

The kitesurfer stands in the water with the board while controlling the kite to generate traction. By moving the control bar, the kitesurfer can steer the kite and control the speed and direction. The wind inflates the kite and creates the force needed to move the kitesurfer over the water.

Types of Kitesurfing

  1. Freestyle: Focused on aerial manoeuvres and jumps, using twin-tip boards.
  2. Freeride: A more relaxed style, where the kitesurfer simply sails through the water, taking advantage of the kite’s traction.
  3. Wave Riding: Similar to surfing, but using the traction of the kite to catch waves with directional boards.
  4. Race: Speed races over predetermined courses.
  5. Big Air: Focused on high jumps and impressive aerial manoeuvres.

Videos – Tourist Information about Praia do Cumbuco CE

Why Cumbuco is Ideal for Kitesurfing

  1. Consistent Winds: The trade winds are strong and constant, especially from June to January. Wind speeds range from 18 to 30 knots, creating perfect conditions for kitesurfing. The strongest winds usually occur in the afternoon.
  2. Variety of Water Conditions: Cumbuco offers both flat water and areas with small waves, catering for all skill levels. Nearby lagoons, such as Lagoa do Cauípe, offer calm waters, ideal for freestyle and for beginners.
  3. Climate: The climate is warm and sunny for most of the year, with average temperatures between 25°C and 30°C, providing a comfortable environment for water sports.


  1. Kitesurfing Schools: There are several kitesurfing schools along the beach, offering lessons for all levels. Lessons usually include equipment hire, and some schools also offer repair services.
  2. Equipment Rental: For those who already know how to practice the sport, there are several options for renting kitesurfing equipment, including boards and kites of different sizes.
  3. Kitesurf Friendly Accommodation: Many inns and hotels in Cumbuco are geared towards kitesurfers, offering storage areas for equipment and even direct access to the beach.

Other Activities in Cumbuco

  1. Dune Buggy Rides: Explore the dunes of Cumbuco on a thrilling buggy ride, which can include stops for sandboarding and incredible panoramic views.
  2. Lagoa do Cauípe: A top spot for kitesurfing due to its calm, shallow waters. It’s an excellent place to practice manoeuvres and freestyle.
  3. Jangada rides: Try a traditional ride on a jangada, the region’s typical boat, for a relaxing experience at sea.

How to get to Cumbuco in Ceará

mapa de Cumbuco
map of Cumbuco in Ceará

1. By car

There are a few routes that take you by car to the paradise of Cumbuco. The first is via BR-020, for those leaving from the centre of Fortaleza. The second is via Avenida Bezerra de Menezes. Then just follow the CE-085 motorway (in Caucaia) and take the CE-090 towards the coast.

For those leaving the Fortaleza waterfront, another great option is to take Avenida Beira Mar and follow the coast. This route passes over the bridge over the Ceará River, following the CE-090 road to Cumbuco Beach. This option also allows you to enjoy the beauties of the traditional Barra do Ceará.

2. By bus

A good option is to take the Vitoria bus (Fortaleza – Cumbuco line), which leaves several times throughout the day.

On the website you can check the departure times and bus routes, with times starting at 4.50 am.

3. By taxi

From Pinto Martins International Airport taxi prices will vary. By Coopaero taxis, the airport’s taxi co-operative.

Cumbuco Travel and Tourism Guide in Ceará

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