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Top Beaches in Fortaleza

By Viator, March 2018

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Rio’s Copacabana and the nearby Costa Verde (Green Coast) might take the prize for Brazil’s most famous beaches, but ask a local where to find the most idyllic sands and they’ll tell you to head north. Perched on the sun-soaked northeastern coast, Fortaleza makes an ideal base for exploring the beaches of North Brazil and there are ample opportunities for day trips up and down the coast.

Those staying in Fortaleza have a choice of four urban beaches – the bohemian party hub of Iracema, the family-friendly Meireles, the swim and surf hotspot of Praia do Futuro and Mucuripe, popular with snorkelers and fishermen. Alternatively, head north to the secluded sands of Cumbuco Beach where you can burn off those beachside ice creams by swimming, jet skiing, kite surfing or horse riding, or opt for a hair-raising beach buggy or ski-bunda ride. A little further up the coast, the tranquil waters of Lagoinha beach are perfect for sailing on a traditional Jangada, horseback riding or hiking through the palm-fringed dunes.

South of Fortaleza, Morro Branco offers a dramatic introduction to the Ceara coast, flanked by dramatic red sand dunes and hemmed in by a sprawl of rocky cliffs and fresh water lakes. Finally, nearby Canoa Quebrada is another popular haunt, renowned for its traditional beach huts and abundance of fresh seafood. Just don’t forget your sunscreen – temperatures can soar to a sweaty 88°F in the summer months. 

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Beach Park Transfer from Fortaleza with Panoramic City Tour, Fortaleza, null
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Beach Park Transfer from Fortaleza with Panoramic City Tour

Make your day in Fortaleza even more enjoyable with a panoramic city tour followed by a transfer to the family-friendly Beach Park! In the 2-hour guided tour, ...  Read more

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.00
Fortaleza City Tour, Fortaleza, Bus Services
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Fortaleza City Tour

Discover the history and story behind the city of Fortaleza on a two hour guided tour! Visit beautiful and historic buildings such as the Metropolitan ...  Read more

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.00
Cumbuco Beach from Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Half-day Tours
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Cumbuco Beach from Fortaleza

Take a day trip to the beautiful beach of Cumbuco from Fortaleza! Take part in some of the adrenaline pumped activities or relax on the white sands of the ...  Read more

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.00
Canoa Quebrada from Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Day Trips
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Canoa Quebrada from Fortaleza

Traveling along the Sol Nascente Highway, a scenic 95 mile (156km) ride from Fortaleza, you'll reach Canoa Quebrada for your full day adventure. Known as one ...  Read more

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Lagoinha Beach from Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Day Trips
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Lagoinha Beach from Fortaleza

Take a full day trip from Fortaleza to the district of Paraipaba where the beautiful Lagoinha beach is situated! This area is one of the largest and most ...  Read more

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.00

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