Choice any gazebo hut and order some snacks. "Praia do Futuro" with its rustic atmosphere is a perfect place to lie in the sun and enjoy life.There you will find a lot of bars/huts and the sand is covered of hundred thatch umbrellas.The bars have showers and good infrastructure.
Fortaleza is a coastal city with nice beaches. It's a great place for relaxing, drink beers and having fun. On the picture is expat Per Gunnar Hammerstad on his virgin trip to Brazil. He falled in love with the country and lives there with his brazilian wife.
Had planned to go to Brasil again this spring, but plans changed. During your visit try to get a few (full day) outings in to some of the beautiful beach areas (resorts) which can be arranged easily from the hotel you may be staying and are not expensive.
Places like Canoa Quebrada, Beach park, Morro Branco, Cumbucu or Lagoinha to mention just a few are well worth the visit, as the beach right in Fortaleza along Beira Mar Ave. is not the best. The closest - Futuro beach - is only about 8 km away and can be reached by the inexpensive "Top Bus".
You will have a good time and I am sure you will enjoy. If you like to taste some great (and cheap) Arabian food, go to "HABIB's", which is just 1 block north of Beira Mar Ave. (the main strip along the beach). Or the restaurant near the "Englishman Bridge" is nice too. Dont leave home without your sunlotion, you WILL need it.
Have fun, Norbert
ps: Beira Mar Avenue, the picture postcard of Fortaleza, is the most visited tourist spot in the city. Its unmistakable beauty, proportioned by the seafront and the magnificent recreational setting, offers moments of pure pleasure strolling along the esplanade, trying out the restaurants with their gastronomic delights or shopping for handcrafts. It is a great center for cultural, artistic and sporting events.
If you want to relax and not be bothered with people trying to sell you all kinds of stuff and eat great food, then you need to go to Beach Park. You don't need to get into the Aqua Park, you can just use their beach :)
It's 25 mins away from the city, but it's worth going there. It isn't as cheap as the "barracas" at Praia do Futuro, but the service is better and the beach is so much more quiet.
The best thing about waking up in sunny Fortaleza is to head to the beach Praia do Futuro, pick one of the "barracas", sit down, enjoy the view and order some "caranguejos". Yes, crabs!
They are delicious, cheap and come in this delicious sauce.
The best "barraca" to eat crab is Cocobeach and the price is around 2 reais.
Make sure you do that next time :)
Canoa Quebrada is a great beach resort-town near Fortaleza.
I know, here in norther Brazil, a place with great beaches and great beach resort-towns everywhere, what is to make you go to one and not the other.
Well, I cannot advise you as I have not been to that many resort-towns but my friend from Fortaleza, a true-blue beach-babe, claims that this is her favourite, so it ought to mean something.
Canoa has a row of dark red cliff where there are restaurants and bars located at the base... surprisingly on stilts. In front of these restaurants and bars, there is an immense flat piece of gorgeous beach.
At first, I wondered why all the restaurants are packed so tightly to the base of the cliffs. Then, as I tanned the entire afternoon, I know why. The tide comes really up close!! Sitting on one of the beach-chairs near a bar, I had to move 3 times, before finally giving up. No wonder the bars and restaurants are on stilts!!
If you are here on a full moon, you are in luck. Firstly, you can watch the bright full moon rising from the horizon of the ocean. A stunningly surreal sight!
Secondly, you can join the Full Moon Party at Freedom Bar (the one with the huge Bob Marley's face) and party around the camp-fire til sun-rise. Meanwhile, you can trace the full moon as it circles around the sky on top of you.
Throughout the night, the tide will ebb and flow right back up to the stilts just before sun-rise... provided you have not collapsed from too much drink or grass.
A wonderful experience to see the FULL MOON RISE and then, the SUN RISE.
Watching sunset over the horizon is not an easy task here in east-facing Brazil.
But once after Natal, the coastline of Brazil curves north-west and here in Ponte de Inglesa of Fortaleza, a jetty that juts out to the ocean, you can watch the sun-set over the watery horizon. A treasured sight, indeed.
Come in the evening, join the numerous locals basking out here in the evening slanting rays. This jetty has restaurants and shops and even a small stage where sometimes, there are simple concerts going on.
A really nice place to spend an evening...
If you're coming yo Fortaleza, check this thing out. Look for the off road tours by the deserted beaches and sand dunes on board Land Rovers. It's an amazing experience because of the incredible landscapes, warm sea water, kind and espontaneous people and the all year-long sunny weather. Getting to Fortaleza, escape to Jericoacoara, considered one of the Top 10 beaches in the world by some travel guides, is one of the "gotta go" places (at least once in a lifetime). There yo can find nice lodges, good small restaurants, beautiful people, buggy tours and kitesurf classes. Oh - and don't forget to see the sunset from the sand dunes, it's unforgatable!
you have to go there at mondays, when it is called " worlds most funny monday night"!!!
Pirata is a forró bar, very nice, with good cuisine and drinks,and with live music
There,if you never danced, you can learn forró, and you can be very good( i tell you...i WAS very bad before Pirata´s night!!)
Don´t miss it!!!! Monday at night!!!!
This is a exotic place ..it´s a beach with cannyons..the principal aspect is that , there you can see diferent sand colours, beyond this sand labirint that you can get into with a local guide
Just go to Morro Banco, do another buggy ride and walk through the cannyon (i´ll put photos for your compreension)
A curiosity..There was made a famous Brazilian Tv show Overture...If you were brazilian,you ´ll know my friend......see the photos..
Ops..don´t forget to buy the sand bottles!!!!!!!!!!
this is very great..
When you are exausted ´cause the sun can´t leave you alone, you can find a bar table,near a swiming pool(!)...yes...on the beach..it´s a restaurant/bar,that you can enjoy the pool,if you order something..so, don´t forget to order Lula a doré,and then refresh yourself...very cool..i could spend all day there,,,
It´s a famous thing...you can slide the sand dune and ,at the end, dive in a salt lake(a little deep)
Just go to Cumbuco beach, do a buggy ride ( with emotion!!) and ask for SKI BUNDA!
You ´ll enjoy it
The Beach Park area just outside of the city is excellent. Sometimes at weekends there are live bands playing. You do not need to pay for the waterpark in order to enjoy the beach, just park up go through and find a table under the tree. Good food and beer is available however if music is playing be aware that you will pay a cover charge in addition to your restaurant bill. Worth every penny though. In my view the water park is expensive and overrated. The beach is so good that your kids will love the trip even wihtout the water park. Mine did !!
Here are some pictures about Scuba Diving:
I don't know if its clickable; here's the adress:
And here's the link to Projeto Netuno, who organizes the diving tour
If you do not get sea sick then this is a great way to see the city and get some great pictures. They have a cruise every evening leaving from the Beira Mar beach area. The tickets are cheap like 10 Reis per person and the cruise is about 2 hours long and stops so that people can swim at one of the calmer areas off shore.
The trip was a little bumpy because they never got far enough out to get away from the waves breaking against the shore, but it was fun and there was a great view of a Fortaleza sunset over the city skyline.
We had taken a similar boat cruise in Rio that was much better than this one but when we went on this one it was free, we got the tickets at Iguatemi for taking a survey, so it was a nice time all and all.
The funniest part about our cruise was some old lady that was friend with the boat crew that kept getting into the drinks and was just about ready to pass-out by the end of the cruise. I think she was just about ready to pass out at the beginning of the cruise too.
You will take an interesting trip on a raft to board the boat. Once onboard they sell drinks and they are relatively cheap like 1 or 2 Reis for a beer or coke. About what you would pay on land, all in all a good sightseeing trip, the sunset was worth the trip.