KITESURFING HOLIDAYS - JERICOACOARA
Jericoacoara is a very special fishing village on the northeast coast of Brazil in Ceara state, 330 kilometres west of Fortaleza and close to the equator. This once very simple fishing village made its name when widely hailed as one of the ten most beautiful and longest beaches in the world. Surrounded by dunes and fresh water lagoons, set in a national park, there are no roads, sand everywhere and wind nearly every day.
In the 1990s Jericoacoara was recognised as one of the best windsurfing spots in the world, with wind from June to February. Kiting arrived in 2001 and has grown year-on-year thanks to the fantastic conditions that the area offers. Flat water lagoons, river mouths and ocean waves, you'll find it all. There are four tides a day: two high and two low, with swell. At full and new moons the best waves are at Prea, Malhada or Por-do-so beach. At low tide the best and flattest conditions are at Guriu river. Due to such a variety of conditions, Jeri is perfect for all levels.
WIND, WEATHER & WATER
Winds are cross or cross-onshore, predominantly from the northeast. Trade winds combine with a late morning thermal directly off the northern sea and a typical day of wind begins at 7am, with mild trade winds of 15 - 22 knots from the east. Around noon the heat generated thermal winds from the north combine with the trades to form a strong 20 - 30 knot northeaster. The main wind season is known as the Temporada do Vento and begins in early July, typically blowing through until February, when the rain season usually takes over. The windiest months are August ? November, with formidable stats of 95%. Best time to visit for all levels is between the end of May and the end of February. Water temperatures of 20 - 25°C, so no wetsuits needed, just some good lycra and strong sunscreen of factor 40 - 50. Cooler in the evenings, so bring your hoody.
Pinto Martins, Fortaleza (FOR) is 330 kilometres from Jeri and is serviced from the major capitals of Europe by major airlines. The least expensive way to get to Jeri from Fortaleza is by bus, which takes you to Jicoa, where you'll switch to a 4x4 for the last stretch of dirt road. www.fretcar.com.br Car is of course the most convenient, taking roughly four hours. A driver can pick you up for R450 each way. Kitestrophik organise transfers.
Jeri is a safe place to visit. Rent a dune buggy or quad, but you're best to do it with a driver who will follow you on a downwinder. Just walking on the Jeri sand is quite an amazing experience.
Jeri is littered with around a hundred hotels and pousadas covering a wide range of styles, from the simple to more luxurious. All should include breakfast (café da manha).
FOOD & DRINK
There are supermarkets and a great many restaurants, offering lovely fresh fish, lobster and shrimp, Brazilian, Italian, Japanese and Arabian foods.
Daily dune buggy excursions, the most popular being Blue Lagoon, Paradise Lagoon and Tatajuba Torta Lagoon,. Take an eco walk for the 'Pedra Furada' - the symbol of Jericoacoara - a large rock on the seashore with a large hole in the middle. If you want more action, there's powerkiting, sandsurfing, SUPing, surfing, quad biking, horse-riding, capoeira...
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