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“A little hidden paradise in Brazil”
Review of Jericoacoara

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Chicago
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
“A little hidden paradise in Brazil”
Reviewed 8 October 2009

I love Jericoacora! If you are wondering where this place is, I can tell you it's a paradise in the north of Brazil, about 5 h distance from Fortaleza. After you arrive in Fortaleza you need to take a 4x4 jeep or a local bus company "Redencao" that are going to drive you through dunes before you can see Jeri appearing in all her beauty! Immense beaches, natural rocks and huge dunes alternate and make Jeri so unique! This is the best place for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The turists are mostly european. The hotels are very cozy bed and breakfast called "pousadas": they are small constructions, in the respect of the environment, and you feel like you are home. We staid at the "Cumelen Bed and Windsurf" and we had a great experience. We had our own little guesthouse, the breakfast was excellent and the owners very friendly. Even if Jeri is very small (only 4 main streets with no pavement, just sand) there is a great variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. Jeri is a remote place, far from the confusion of the cities, and it's great to relax and enjoy the nature!

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Spokane, WA
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach, great seafood, good music”
Reviewed 8 October 2009

We drove to Jericoacoara with some friends for a long weekend and had a great time. The beach is lovely and the waves are much more calm than at other beaches we had been to, so we could actually swim, rather than be buffeted. The dunes are fun to run and play on and the walk to Pedra Furada, the famous pierced rock, is pleasant, with lots of rocks and tidepools to explore along the way. One of the men selling coconuts along the way was a helpful guide, showing us good tidepools with lots of fish, telling us some local stories and catching the odd sandcrab for us to play with. (We had native speakers with us to help us translate.) Lots of music and partying at night, and we saw some local dancing by a troupe which was very fun. We stayed at a hotel run by locals, which was fairly bare bones, but they did have a pool. However, they didn't take credit cards, which annoyed me, as I depleted my supply of cash to pay.

If you drive in a private car to Jericoacoara from Fortaleza - good luck. What a hoot! The roads are not well marked and our Brazilian friends spent plenty of time stopping and argueing about which way to go, not to mention the bridge that was washed out, or the chasms in the road created by rainfall, and very casual road maintenance. Don't drive a little car with low clearance - it will get stuck in the sand, mud, river, or whatever you have to drive through. Four wheel drive is nice.

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Orlando, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
63 helpful votes
“Great Beach Destination”
Reviewed 31 January 2009

We just returned from our New Years vacation. great place and lots of fun adventures. It takes 6 hours from Fortaleza between a turism bus and a 4x4 drive on sand dunes. Everyday was a great buggy ride to the lakes,beaches, dune ride (with emotion). Food was fantastic! a plater with 6 lobster tails for $30, fresh fish,shrimp. We enjoyed the hot sun laying on hammincks inside the water. Great service, very safe, fun loving locals.
CVC a local tour company has great packages and their driver called "Gordinho" was our buggy driver (bugueiro). Best gourmet italian chef:Roberto at Camilla suites located at rua Principal 40, I had a special dish of black past (made with squid) and seafood .Mama Mia! delicious!!! My Husband a Seafood Soup, that was fantastic! Don't bring shoes! Only flip flops. The small village in on the sand! the night life is great! I met people from all over the world! Best place for kite surfing! Go, you'll love it!

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Seattle
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Wow, what an escape - truly a best kept secret -windsurfing”
Reviewed 22 July 2007

Great place for:

-getting away from it all and the tourists
-relaxing, be it Chilin on the beach or hiking around the dunes
-great variety of restaurants and great food
-great people watching
-authentic Brazilian fishing village
-easy waves to learn how to surf and windsurf
-sunshine
-tons of green activities, hiking, walking, surfing, windsurfing, sandboarding,
-friendly locals

Best place to stay:
-vilabelavista

very clean, great friendly helpful hosts, amazing local staff, a place where modern conveniences meets authentic beach life, home away from home, best place removed from noise in town, private or communal living -you choose, secluded, good food, romantic get away, pool, hammocks for reading, internet if needed.

Vibe:
This place is a true piece of paradise. It makes me think of what Maui might have been like 80 yrs ago. All the buildings (actually everything) are very simple (some made of mud and thatch) and no more than 1 or 2 stories tall. Many of the streets are pedestrian only w soft clean beach sand lined w little shops and restaurants. There are a couple hotels not worth the $), so as a result, many locals just make their homes a bed and breakfast (Posado) or a cozy beach restaurant, so there are a lot of great restaurants to choose from. The windsurfing here is really great. It blows everyday and there is a beautiful surfbreak that goes on and on down the beach. I sailed in the surf carving up and down the wave and it’s quite the rush! Outside the surfbreak the wind picks up a bit more and there are huge swells to cross and jump!. The water is a perfect 80 degrees!!! and the main beach (1/2 mile long), is the center of all activity for the whole village during the day (soccer, sleeping, daycare, eating, fishing)... truly a fishing village. Beyond that the horses, donkeys, cows, cats, and dogs roam free up and down the streets and beach.

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Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
23 helpful votes
“Almost Paradise”
Reviewed 28 June 2007

We've recently returned from northeastern Brazil: the village of Jericoacoara in the state of Ceara. The climate there is wonderful - around 32 deg C (90 deg F) during the day, and 22 C/72 F during the night year-round, cooling breezes, sunshine, and relatively little rain. This region is close to the equator, and really has only two seasons - a little more rain, and a little less rain.

"Jeri" is a fishing village in a national park that has become an "in" destination for European tourists, and windsurfers from all over the world. It has beautiful white sand dunes surrounding the town, and sections of beautifully rugged rocky coast (including the famous pedra furada – the perforated rock - a large rock with a 3 meter archway in it on the water).

The streets of the village have no signs or streetlights, and are all sand - no pavement at all. Jeri is still a mixture of rustic and sophisticated, with simple fisherman and ladies selling traditional hand-made crochet along with some elegant shops, wonderful restaurants and small, but sophisticated resorts. Brazilian Foro music dance clubs open around midnight, and continue past dawn. Jeri also hosts a major event on the world windsurfing championship circuit (in August?).

What to do: Beach activities, but especially windsurfing and kite surfing (plenty of wind). Hanging on the beach and dipping in the water was limited when we were there, due to low tides during the day (better bathing beaches are a little out of the village). Hiking along the coast, and up the dunes is also pleasant. There are also day trips via dune buggy (available through the local "association of buggy drivers") to nearly fresh water lagoons and more remote areas of the national park.

When to go: March through June is typically the “rainy season”, and is low season. Many places are closed due to the lack of tourists, but the weather is not supposed to be all that different. If you want a much quieter, lower-cost experience, June or October/November may be good times. High season is July through September (European tourists) and December through Carnival in February/March (South American Tourists). New Year's Eve is supposed to be so crowded that one can barely walk on the streets, let alone find a room.

How to get there: Fortaleza is the nearest major airport, served by Gol, Varig and TAM, in addition to flights from Europe. However, Jeri is more than 300km/190mi away; four hours by 4wd, and 6-7 hours by bus. While the highway is in good condition, the last 20-25 km of road after the turn off is unpaved, and the last 10-15 km through the national park is passable only with a 4wd or dune buggy (don't rent a subcompact in Fortaleza, and expect to make it in). Transfer services typically charge ~BrR$350-450 each way from Fortaleza for a comfortable Land Rover or 4dr. Toyota pick up. Air conditioned buses (i.e. the “Redentor”service) are cheaper (R$70/person, one way), and run several times each day to and from Fortaleza However, you'll have to transfer to a "Jardinera" (an open-windowed bus chassis on a 4wd truck) to make the last part of the trip. In addition, you may have to spend a night in Fortaleza, depending on the flight and bus schedules (which is not a bad idea – Fortaleza is nice city in its own right).

Where to stay: There are a wide range of accommodations, from simple rooms to four-star hotels. During the lower season, expect to pay around from R$100-120 for nice Pousada with A/C, a private bath, and a pool. A nicer 4 star hotel will be around R$200-250. Prices may increase 50% or more during busy periods. There's a lot of seemingly upscale development underway in Jeri, so the situation may change rapidly over the next 6-12 months.

Where to eat: There's no shortage of choice, especially seafood and Churrascaria (Brazilian BBQ). We ate in several good places, but especially recommend "Sabor da Terra" for their “food made with love” - excellent quality and good value in seafood (lunch and dinner – a large plate of large shrimp as an appetizer, a large fish plate with side dishes, and drinks are about R$50 for two), and "Bistroganoff" (lunch only, when we were there) exceptional quality and great value for their prato feito lunches (fish, beef, or chicken; around R$20 for two, including two tropical juices each).

One downside: While we were there (mid-June) there were sometimes a lot of flies in various places in and around the villlage. It's not because the place is dirty - it's not clear why they're around - perhaps because of the tidal flats. It's a minor annoyance.

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