From Fortaleza, it's only an hours drive to the best kitesurfing spots in the world. From June to January, the wind blows from the South constantly giving you winds up to 30 knots about 6 days a week!!
If you don't kitesurf, there are dozens of kitesurfing schools around Fortaleza and you are almost guaranteed to master this sport during your stay. It's safe, fun and gives you a great workout at the same time!
If you don't feel you are up for the challange, then drive up to the spots anyway and watch the pro's fly!! It's very entertaining, and many of the surf spots, such as Queba Mar in Paracuru has it's own restaurant on the beach wich gives you a great view while relaxing with a cold beer!
Equipment: Kitesurfing requires a kite, wakeboard and a harness. You can rent this in Combuco, and possibly in Paracuru, but this is included if you take a kitesurfing lesson of course.
If you want to see a professional Soccer game while in town take advantage of the great prices and big action at the Fortaleza Esporte Clube and go cheer on the Lions to victory. They are in the 1st division of the Brazilian Soccer league and have been doing very good for the last few years. They have gone to the playoffs in recent years and they are the only team in the Northeast that is in the 1st division. They, much like the White Sox in Chicago, are a good ball-club and if you want to see a quality game you need to check them out.
There is another team in town, Ceara, but much like the Cubs in Chicago they have not done anything for an eternity and they are pretty much a big disappointment to anyone who cheers for them. They are in the 2nd division for now, if they keep sucking as bad as they have been they will drop into the 3rd division and disappear completely. At that point they might as well have their players use some of that minimum salary to sweep the streets.
The Fortaleza soccer games are played at the Leon stadium and you will have to check their schedule to see if they will be playing while you are in town. If they are, it is very exciting and very wild. It is also quite affordable, about 8 Reis for the cheap seats and 20 for the lower deck.
Their website is listed below the last game that they played in 2005 had 70,000 people in attendance. Another good site is www.leoesdatuf.com
My brother-in-law is a die hard Fortaleza fan so most of the information here came from him...the comments about Ceara are intended to get a rise out of my Uncle-in-law off. The comments about the Cubs are true also they are currently next to last in their division and the Sox have come out swinging hanging in at 1st for their's, but there is still plenty of season left.
Equipment: Take sun screen to the day games. Leave your expensive junk at home.