WHEN TO GO
Peak Season: July – January
Avg Air Temp: up to 28 – 30°C / 82 – 86°F
Avg Water Temp: 25 – 28°C / 77 – 82°F
Beer: Local: R$5, Import: R$7
Restaurant Meal: R$45-90
Accommodation: R$435 + taxes per day (Rancho do Peixe)
Preá is a quiet fishing village located just inside the entrance of the beautiful Jericoacoara National Park, in the northeast of Ceara state. The most popular kite spot in this 15 mile section of coast, there are mile after mile of empty beaches with daily 25-knot cross / cross-onshore winds, with July to January being the best months.
PHOTOS / Rancho de Peixe
Here and Jeri are both safe and just insanely regular. Flatter in the morning and choppier with more wave options in the afternoon, this spot is ideal for all levels and although popular, there is lots of space. The beach is enourmous with no obstacles, so downwinders are a must.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER
As a general rule, as you travel north from Fortaleza the winds get stronger. Prea is a three to four hour drive from Fortaleza so the wind is considerably stronger, blowing at least 25 knots from the east or northeast from July to January; stronger in August, September, October and November. Adding to the kiteboarding bliss are air temperatures of 28 - 30°C / 82 - 86°F during the whole season, however, it’s good to have some light, warm clothing just to protect you from the wind. The water temperature is 25 - 28°C / 77 - 82°F throughout the year.
There are only a few options in Prea, Rancho do Peixe being the most famous and luxurious with 22 exclusive bungalows spaced out within its tropical grounds and is an ideal refuge for those seeking rest, a natural charm and contact with nature. Rancho has a sister hotel, Vila Kalango, in Jericoacoara. Sustainability is a key aim for the hotels and they are built entirely from local materials and decorated with handmade products. Personal experience has shown the Kiteworld team that hospitality, good service and great food can be expected. www.ranchodopeixe.com.br
KiteWorldWide run kite safaris through Prea, Jericoacoara, Tatajuba and beyond, providing you accommodation in Rancho do Peixe in Prea and Vila Kalango in Jeri. More downwinder adventures and travel guidance at: www.kiteworldwide.com
There are other guest house options in Prea and Jericoacoara is bigger and busier with many more options for all budgets.
RANCHO DO KITE is set within the grounds of Rancho do Peixe hotel. Instructors teach all levels from beginner to advanced with radios to assist in lessons and also run supervised downwinders. Usual teaching ratios are 1:1. New Cabrinha gear is also available for rent and there is a private area for clients. The instructors also have lots of experience in teaching kids (starting from six-years-old).
Languages spoken by instructors: Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian and French and more depending on the time of the year.
There are lots of tours by buggy around the region to see 30 metre high dunes, picturesque lagoons, other charming villages and plenty more experiences in Jeri, including horse riding, sailing etc. Rancho do Peixe offers an experience menu with unique options and the relax space has massages and treatments. There is also SUP and kayaks for rent at the kite school, Rancho do Kite.
You can easily walk around Prea. The best means of transport between Prea and Jericoacoara (12 kilometres) are the free transfers with Rancho do Peixe and Vila Kalango or to rent your own beach buggy for a while. There are also many taxi buggies or motorbikes.
The closest cities are Cruz and Jijoca de Jericoacoara, should you need anything unusual, but most things are available in Prea and particularly, Jericoacoara. Prea is a small, peaceful fishing village, so you won’t experience any bigger city problems.
The villages do not have ATMs, so bring cash with you. Most hotels and restaurants (including Vila Kalango, Rancho do Peixe and Rancho do Kite) accept credit and debit cards.
FOOD AND DRINK
Most people staying at Rancho do Peixe eat at the hotel restaurant or beach bar. There are a couple of basic options in Prea, however there are lots of options in Jericoacoara, a 20 minute buggy ride away. Prea is a great option for families looking to unwind, or couples wanting to relax. There isn’t any nightlife to speak of in Prea, but plenty in Jericoacoara, with watering holes serving late into the night. It’s a fun place!
Fortaleza (FOR) is approximately four hours by car. Rancho do Peixe offer 4x4 vehicles for private transfers. The first 300 kilometres are tarmacked, after that the roads are very rutted. We did manage it in a little hire car, but it was very bumpy for the last 30 minutes and without a 4x4 we couldn’t drive in to Jericoacoara, however we did make it to Rancho do Peixe in Prea. If you’re planning on just moving between Prea and Jericoacoara, there isn’t really any need to hire a car. For the fit and adventurous you can of course reach Jeri from Fortaleza on a huge downwinder! You’ll arrive at Rancho do Peixe in neighbouring Prea with total assistance all the way. Taking three to four days with guides on the water and 4x4 on land, you’ll stay over-night in exclusive hotels. Check out: www.surfinsemfim.com.br
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