Fortaleza Travel Information

Beaches in Fortaleza

Porto das Dunas Beach in Fortaleza

Fortaleza is on the northeast coast of Brazil, near the equator, with a tropical climate. The combination of these factors makes Fortaleza an excellent choice for those looking for a great place to visit with great beaches, great beach weather and great ocean waters to bath, swim, scuba dive and surf in.

The beaches along the northeast coast often offer up Dune Buggy Tours which provide an excellent overview of the area with a nice rush of adrenaline. Typical beaches are lined with dunes and coconut trees, making them look a desert, tropical paradise.

There are many beaches that are considered urban beaches, and which are typically lined with hotels in Fortaleza. Expect many of the urban beaches to have the best infrastructure, but also expect them to be the most packed. On weekends, many locals also utilize these beaches.

Abreulandia BeachAbreulândia Beach - MAP 7 Eight miles of thin white sand and dunes, this beach is located where the Pacoti river borders the cities of Fortaleza and Aquiraz. It is 24 kilometers from downtown Fortaleza.   It offers dozens of stalls where travelers can spend the day snacking and enjoying the sun, buggy rides and boating nearby. Extension of Praia do Futuro, the beach is also known as Cofeco Beach, name of a famous club there. Dishes based on ...
Barra do Ceará Beach in FortalezaBarra do Ceará Beach - MAP 7 Tourists are attracted to the area to see the ruins of the Fort of Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres which is partly buried by sand dunes now, but still a historic fort from the 1600's when the Dutch and Portuguese first arrived.   The sands are soft and the water clear with reefs and jetties just off shore.  It is roughly eight kilometers from downtown and unfortunately unfit for bathing due to pollution in the area.&nbs...
Caca e Pesca BeachCaça e Pesca Beach - MAP 4 On its left bank, is the mouth of the Rio Coco. Situated at the end of Praia do Futuro, the beach is named after a club that used to be in the vicinity. The literal translation is Hunting and Fishing Beach. The beach has calm waters, and thick dark sand. The sea is not recommended for swimming. It is roughly 15 km from downtown Fortaleza. http://www.praiacerta.com.br/portal/praias_detalhe.php?praia=326
Cumbuco Beach in FortalezaCumbuco Beach - MAP 5 With dunes, palm trees and several ponds in the vicinity, Cumbuco Beach is the perfect beach for some rest and relaxation.  The natural beauty, the wide strip of white sand and the tranquil blue oceans make it a great tourist destination.    Like many beaches in the north east of Brazil, there are dune buggy tour operators available.  These tours will give you an adrenaline rush, and show you many of the l...
MapFarol Beach - MAP 7 The beach is actually very small, roughly 100 meters long, with water that is fairly rough and unsuitable for bathing but is great for surfers, who are attracted to the area.   There is also a lighthouse here, hence the Portuguese name Farol Beach meaning lighthouse beach.  The lighthouse is now decommissioned, but it gives you an idea of what the waters are like around here.   The water here is considered...
Flexeiras BeachFlexeiras Beach - MAP 3 Ideal beach to relax or enjoy buggy rides and sports such as sandboarding. Behind a coconut grove, extends to Flexeiras quiet beach, town on the outskirts of Trairi. The name comes from the ancient custom of the Indians who inhabited the region, who were fishing in the waters clear and calm with a bow and arrow. A good schedule is a stroll along the beach at sunset, sunset, watching the rafts that bring in the sand. Tourists can g...
Fontes Beach in FortalezaFontes Beach - MAP 7 This beach is on the cost of Ceara and lined with red and white sand dune cliffs that offer a fantastic backdrop to the shoreline and ponds.   The tropical fauna of Fontes Beach is naturally beautiful, and indicative of the plants and vegetation in the area.    Dune buggy rides are available here, and they'll take you through the dunes and grottos in this area, ending at Uruau Lake, which is the larges...
Futuro Beach in FortalezaFuturo Beach - MAP 7 Along the sidewalks are small stalls with fresh water to allow you to rinse off after a long day of playing in the water!  Futuro Beach has many chairs which one can relax in, while eating delicious regional delicacies that vendors sell along the beach.    Many of these vendors are known among the locals as having great food, such as Crab Chico, which is frequented by lovers of the little crustacean, or Vira Su...
Goiabeiras BeachGoiabeiras Beach - MAP 7 Roughly five kilometers from downtown, Goiabeiras Beach is an urban beach with many sand dunes and thick dark coloured sands.  It is recommended to avoid the waters around the mouth of the Ceará River, as they are considered to be polluted.  The beach is nice none the less, and worth visiting during the hot summer days.  
Iguape Beach, Aquiraz, FortalezaIguape Beach - MAP 6 Historical and famous for its natural beauty, Iguape stands out as the city attractive, often quite sharply in tourism, especially in times of holidays, carnivals and weekends. Beautiful fountains and springs of fresh water provide moments of pleasure and freedom with beautiful baths enjoyed by local residents. Iguape is one of the most famous of Aquiraz, the first capital of Ceará. Iguape has calm waters and warm temperat...
Iracema Beach in FortalezaIracema Beach - MAP 5 The boardwalk is always full of people running, jogging,  walking and those just watching the waves come in on Iracema Beach.  There are lots of bars and restaurants which ensure that the area is always busy with people, whether it's night or day.   This is an urban beach, well within the city limits of Fortaleza and with a wide strip of sand which leaves plenty of room for sports, beach games and setting u...
MapJacarecanga Beach - MAP 7 Most people enjoy the surroundings here, strolling along the edge of the beach.  Jacarecanga Beach is an urban beach, only two kilometers from the city center, making it very easy to access.  However, the waters here are polluted and not really suitable for bathing.  Unfortunately a number of the beaches in the downtown area are polluted and unsuitable for bathing.  However, outside the city there are many great b...
Meireles Beach in FortalezaMeireles Beach - MAP 7 Walkways and Baordwalks line Meireles beach, with craft fairs, stalls and kiosks selling many goods.  The area attracts quite a few tourists, as there are many hotels near by.   The beaches have a good number of interesting rock formations, but the water is unfortunately polluted and not suitable for bathing in.  However, the long seawall is very nice to just wander down on a warm afternoon with the coast breeze c...
Morro Branco Beach in FortalezaMorro Branco Beach - MAP 7 Colorful cliffs and white dunes create a gorgeous scenery for those who come to this beach.   Morro Branco Beach has several large open air structures that offer up great picnic areas for beach goers.  The beach is around 80 miles from the city of Fortaleza, so give yourself some time to get there.    There is a labyrinth here that is very popular, which is situated in the middle of the dunes, which i...
Mucuripe Beach in FortalezaMucuripe Beach - MAP 7 It has white soft sands, coconut trees and palm tress, and several areas to play sports.   The area has an abundance of lobsters and a great way to test out all the best foods in the late afternoon is to visit the tents in the Fish Market, where all the freshest seafood from Fortaleza is brought.  For those looking for a nice walk, the beachfront path makes for a nice stroll.
Pirambu BeachPirambu Beach - MAP 7 The ocean waters are calm at Pirambu Beach; however the waters are polluted here and it's recommended not to use them for bathing or swimming in.  The beach is only three kilometeres from downtown Fortaleza, which makes this an urban beach and a nice place to stroll along the beach and enjoy the city, and ocean and beach in a tranquil setting.  
Pólo Canoa Quebrada in CearáPólo Canoa Quebrada - MAP 5 This old fishing village in Aracati was discovered by hippies in the mid 1970's, who enjoyed the hospitality and who were well received by the natives of this scenic location.   Since this original discovery, the area has become a large center of tourism, roughly 175 kilometers from Fortaleza.   Besides the overwhelming landscape and scenery here, one of the greatest attractions include the famous dune bugg...
Porto das Dunas Beach in FortalezaPorto das Dunas Beach - MAP 7 Many hotels, inns and condos dot the Porto das Dunas Beach, which even has it's own water park.  Porto das Dunas Beach is located in the district of Aquiraz, which is roughly sixteen kilometers from downtown Fortaleza.  There is an area designated for children which is about half a kilometer long, which has seventeen water toys, swimming pools, a playground and several sports fields.  For the adults, there are...
Prainha Beach in FortalezaPrainha Beach - MAP 7 Crowded on Saturdays and Sundays, Prainha Beach is best visited during the week when its rustic, quiet beachfront is perfect for walking and enjoying the many stalls selling snacks, beverages and andicraft.  At low tide, natural pools form which attract bathers and swimmers.     A fun way to enjoy the beach is via a buggy ride, which starts at Park Beach.  Be sure to visit the Center of Rendeiras and...
Sabiaguaba Beach in FortalezaSabiaguaba Beach - MAP 7 With dunes, palm trees, white sand and calm clear waters this a beautiful beach for relaxing on.  Sabiaguaba Beach has several small tents setup that sell oysters and crabs on the beach, fresh and tasty with a cold beverage.  Roughly 20 km from downtown Fortaleza, this beach is fairly accessible to all.   This quiet beach, with its landscape of dunes, palm trees, fine sand, and natural pools at low tide offers ...