Very good overview of Ceara and excellent slide show which really captures
the atmosphere and essence of Northern Brazil.
Having been on 3 kitesurfing vacations to Fortaleza and surrounds, mostly
Cumbuco, my opinion would differ on a couple of points. On my first trip I
arrived late May and despite a few (warm) rainy days, still managed to miss
kiting only 4 days out of 5 weeks, so I would say your season is actually
longer, being from June - Dec, even January is great from all reports.
I would hardly describe Paracaru as a city, with a population of 18,000,
also their 'kite beach' while being excellent from low to medium tide with
flat water inside the reef and fun waves on it, is already overcrowded with
10 people on the water - however, a must to visit when in the area, but only
at low to med tide.
Am booked to visit Fortaleza again at the end of June for 6 weeks so will
definitely try to visit you at Prea - combined with a trip to Jericoacoara
which I have never managed to visit in the past, has all the makings of a
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From: "vilapreabeach" <vilapreahotel@...>
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2006 12:25 AM
Subject: [ksurf] Kitesurfing on the coast of Ceara, Brazil - Info, video &
Hi, I´ve been living on the coast of Ceara, in North-East Brazil for
2 years now and I thought I would give a little insight about the area
to those looking for some fantastic kitesurfing conditions.
Six months of guaranteed wind, (July thru December), warm tropical
climate, (almost on the equator) and miles of prestine beaches (over 600
km total) with side-on-shore winds (trades winds from Africa), that is
what you can expect when coming to Ceara.
Fortaleza is the capital of the state of Ceara. Cumbuco is probably the
most famous spot with several kite schools and it is closest to
Fortaleza (about 15 miles). Another spot becoming crowded is Paracuru,
about 100 miles West of Fortaleza, also good wind and water conditions,
Paracuru is the largest city on the coast between Fortaleza and
Pousadas (brazilian bed and breakfasts) are usually located close to the
spots, you shouldn't have to walk for more than 5 minutes, and in most
cases there is lodging right on the beach, then all you have to do is
wake-up, have breakfast and ride.
There is a new kite beach coming up called "Prea", it is 7 miles before
you get to Jericoacoara. It has 10 miles of white sandy beaches with
constant side-on-shore winds from July to December, guaranteed wind and
no obstacles or rocks! There are no safety issues here (such as gear
disappearing on the beach) because of the distance from larger cities
and the locals are very friendly, many times fishermen will bring back
A lot of people remember Prea for its unbelievable 10 km sunset
downwinders, and the village borders the National Parc where there are
many flat-water-lagoons (only 10 min. buggy drive), the wind there may
be a little gusty, but the spots are beautiful.
Click here to view the kitesurf video
In regards to the wind conditions, on a regular basis in Prea, 20 knots
in the morning and 25 to 30 in the afternoon, then it usually drops
about 5 knots before sunset.
In Sept, Oct and Nov, you may get 3-5 days a month with 35 knots in the
afternoon, due to the New Moon and Full Moon effects.
The fishing village of Prea is starting to develop and has a couple of
restaurants and hotels on the beach, and if you are looking for some
serious nightlife, Jericoacoara is only a 15 minute dune buggy ride
away, party goes on from midnight to 6:00 am.
We just added a new slideshow of the area (kitesurfing pictures, Jeri,
Prea and the National parc) at:
Click here to view the new slideshow <http://www.vilaprea.com/pictures>
If you need any more info on the area or are looking for lodging visit
us at www.vilaprea.com <http://www.vilaprea.com> .
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