Despite their celebrated beaches and balmy climate, Brazil’s Northeastern state of Ceara is rarely visited by North Americans. That’s a pity. In-the-know Europeans and Brazilians shouldn’t have all the fun.
Fortaleza is the capital of Ceara. Though relatively small, this state has one of the longest coastlines in the country—a vast stretch of sand dotted with nationally famous beaches.
Fortaleza is also the starting point for excursions to Canoa Quebrada, Lencois Maranhenses, and Jericoacoara—remote escapes famed for their natural beauty and solitude.
Fortaleza enjoys a pleasant, tropical climate. Temperatures are fairly constant year-round, with highs near 90°, moderated by pleasant ocean breezes. July through December are the sunniest months here.
Located approximately 200 miles northwest of Fortaleza, Jericoacoara (“Jeri” to locals) was an isolated fishing village until 1994 when the Washington Post unexpectedly named it one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Not long after, Brazilians themselves voted it the best beach in Brazil—a remarkable compliment.
Although the secret is getting out, Jericoacoara has an excellent chance of preserving its soft-spoken charms.
The surrounding area became a national park in 2002, development is rigidly restricted, and the fishermen aren’t leaving anytime soon. Jericoacoara is a seaside oasis, backed by high dunes and fringed with coconut palms. At low tide, the soft golden sand mirrors the dawn.
Jericoacoara is a year-round destination, with temperatures varying little from month to month. Visitors should typically expect lows near 70F and highs near 88F. The January to March rainy season is more humid, with up to 13 inches of rainfall per month. October through December can be windy, drawing kite surfers from around the globe.
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