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Top Beaches in Fortaleza

Top Beaches in Fortaleza

Rio’s Copacabana and the nearby Green Coast (Costa Verde) might take the prize for Brazil’s most famous beaches, but ask a local where to find the best sands and they’ll point north. Fortaleza, perched on Brazil’s sun-soaked northeastern coast, makes an ideal base for exploring the beaches of North Brazil. Here are our top picks.

Iracema Beach

One of Fortaleza’s four urban beaches, Iracema (Praia de Iracema) is the closest one to downtown. It’s not the best spot for swimming, but the sandy shores are ideal for sunbathing, jogging, and beach games. Iracema is also the center of Fortaleza’s nightlife scene, and the beachside bars and nightclubs spring into action after sunset. 

Meireles

Next door to Iracema, the family-friendly Meireles Beach (Praia do Meireles) is known for its lively seafront promenade lined with restaurants, bars, and cafés. For a scenic walk, follow the promenade all the way to Mucuripe Beach (Praia do Mucuripe) to watch the fishing boats and sample fresh-from-the-boat seafood.

Praia do Futuro

Praia do Futuro is Fortaleza’s best swimming beach and a hotspot for surfers, with some sizeable waves. Alternatively, just to the south, in Porto das Dunas, is the gigantic Beach Park—the largest water park in Latin America.

Cumbuco Beach

A short detour north of the city, the secluded sands of Cumbuco Beach (Praia de Cumbuco) are a great choice for outdoor activities. Dive in to swim in the Parnamirim pond, try water sports like jet-skiing and kitesurfing, enjoy horseback riding along the beach, or get your adrenaline pumping on a beach buggy or ski-bunda (sand surf down a dune into the water) ride. 

Lagoinha Beach

A little farther up the coast, Lagoinha Beach (Praia da Lagoinha) is one of the most popular beaches in Paraipaba. Flanked by towering red dunes and coconut palms, the tranquil waters are perfect for sailing on a traditional Jangada, while horseback rides and dune buggy tours are also available.

Canoa Quebrada

On the east coast of Ceará, about a 2.5-hour drive from Fortaleza, Canoa Quebrada is one of the region’s most idyllic beach getaways. An expanse of golden sands fronts the traditional fishing village, but the biggest draw are the pristine dunes that tower over the beach and offer a spectacular backdrop for a dune buggy tour.  

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Cumbuco Beach with City Tour from Fortaleza
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Cumbuco Beach with City Tour from Fortaleza

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Visit the fishing village of Cumbuco on this full-day trip from Fortaleza. Relax on the sugar-soft sand of the area's tranquil beaches or sign up for some active water sports. After sampling the area's traditional cuisine at the many beachside bars and restaurants, visit the pristine Parnamirim Pond for a freshwater dip. This family-friendly excursion includes round-trip transportation from Fortaleza.
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Lagoinha Beach from Fortaleza
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Lagoinha Beach from Fortaleza

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Explore Lagoinha Beach in the district of Paraipaba on this full-day trip from Fortaleza. A former hiding place for treasure buried by French pirates, this area is now a tranquil fishing village. Spend time lounging on the beach or strolling through the towering red dunes and swaying palm trees at your leisure. Opt for a dune buggy tour, a horseback riding excursion or a jaganda (sailboat) ride on Almecegas Pond.
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Beach Park Transfer from Fortaleza
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Beach Park Transfer from Fortaleza

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Transfer round-trip from Fortaleza to Beach Park with this voucher, good for a 8-hour time frame. Enjoy a pickup at your Fortaleza hotel with a local guide and relax on the way to the park, which boasts a hotel, museum, shops and Aqua Park. This family-friendly attraction at the seashore near Fortaleza is entertaining for all ages. Entrance fees to Beach Park are not included.
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Canoa Quebrada from Fortaleza
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Canoa Quebrada from Fortaleza

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Explore Canoa Quebrada on this full-day adventure from Fortaleza. Travel the scenic 95 miles (156 km) along the Sol Nascente Hightway with a knowledgable local guide. Upon arrival at Canoa Quebrada, meet the locals and admire the way the small village seems to have frozen in a more peaceful time. Opt for a dune buggy ride through the pink sands and be sure to try one of the area's famous seafood dishes at one of the cafes that line the beach.
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