Fortaleza Travel Guide

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Fortaleza Highlights

  • Pro
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    Andreas1978 says…

     The locals, the nightlife, food, beaches and so on........ 

  • Con
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    CactusJim says…

     it is getting more dangerous in Fortaleza so just use your head and be safe! 

  • In a nutshell
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     A MUST IN NORTHEAST COAST 

Fortaleza Things to Do

  • Praia do Futuro",Future´s Beach

    Day PLAN!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.

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  • Fortaleza beach

    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.

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  • Fortaleza Waterfront...

    Hello Bjarte,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...

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Fortaleza Restaurants

  • DELICIOUS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AT BEACH

    DELICIOUS SEAFOOD STRAIGHT AT THE BEACH OF BEIRA MARHUGE PLATES SHRIMPS IN WHITE SAUCE INSIDE PINEAPPLE

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  • The best ice cream

    Try tropical fruit kind like " caja, açai ,...tapioca is very good as wellask for 2 balls ( more for less)2 balls - 11,00 ( reais )1 is around 8,00 ( not sure)

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  • Avoid the mediocre overpriced food

    The food was very medíocre and over priced. When I complained that the cost of a small plate of feijao cost R$6, the very nasty Italian manager (an aged hippy), lost his cool and said that was the cost, and he didn't care if I never returned. I never will. He is very ill-mannered manager that has no idea of what it takes to run a good restuarant. A...

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Fortaleza Nightlife

  • The wildest monday night in the world!

    This is a must for everyone who enjoys to dance, listen to good local music or experience something very different! Pirata Bar is no doubt Monday's night and Monday is the night where you are served Ceara music at it's best! Forro is played from 20 till midnight, and then you get Axe (Brasilian pop/rock) at it's very best till dawn. Drinks are a...

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  • Amicis at Centro Dragão do Mar

    Amicis is a italian restaurant at Centro Cultural Dragão do Mar serving amazing pizza. But after 11pm it turns into an intense night club. Saturday is the best day to go and it's when they play samba music from the past. It's so worth it.It is near Praia de Iracema and it's cheap to get in, around 10 reais. Anything you want

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  • Best night club

    If you want to dance, see some beautiful people, great cocktails and to be in a place which will be open until 6 am...Then go to Mucuripe Club. They have a massive open space for bands to perform and 3 night clubs playing different music styles.It's well worth it going there :)More info: http://fortalezainenglish.blogspot.com/ No shorts, no...

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Fortaleza Transportation

  • To Jericoacoara!

    I think there are only two buses a day going to Jeri. It's a bus (5 hours) to Gijoca ... and then another huge 4x4 truck (another hour) going through the dunes all the way to the beach.The whole ticket costs R$ 35.50 on Redenção buses (tel: {85} 3494-4744).{In case you're going to Jeri from the north (eg.: São Luis, Parnaiba, Teresina) check my tip...

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  • Driving is safe and easy

    Someone on this site wrote that drivers in Fortaleza are dangerous, too fast and drunk at night. This is rubbish. Driving in the city is easy, people generally courteous and driving at night is not a problem. The only issue tends to be when it has rained very heavily or else outside the city area where roads tend to have potholes. Roads to Cumbuco...

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  • Top Bus is safe and comfortable

    The little "Top Bus" is another good way to get around town. It is a little more expensive and the route is limited but it is comfortable and air-conditioned. They have two routes one goes from Beira mar to the mall Shopping Iguatemi and the other from Iguatemi to North Shopping. The line for you as a tourist is Beira mar to Iguatemi and back....

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Fortaleza Shopping

  • FORTALEZA : HAMMOCKS

    Frankly, hammocks can be bought anywhere in Brazil, especially as one heads north.But the best place to buy them is Fortaleza - the birthplace of hammocks. If you are heading that way and you get really tempted by the lovely designs, hold onto to your desires until you get to Fortaleza and even then, get it from Mercado Central (Central Market)....

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  • Top quality shopping

    This is a high shopping centre with many top quality stores that you will find in all major cities. The food hall offers good quality at local prices, although fro breakfast I prefer the little cafe area in the Continente Hipermarket. A good half day out to get round enough of this place to fill your suitcase. Little pricey in some shops so be...

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  • So busy

    A little north from the toursit centre and the colonial station is an excellent area for experiencing the real shopping experience of Fortaleza. Roads are narrow, and packed packed packed with shops. If you want a real taste of how local people live then avoid the Mercado Central and go to this area where you will see hundred or even thousands of...

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Fortaleza Local Customs

  • Just be yourself

    Fortaleza people are probably one of the most friendly people that you will ever meet in your life!! We are veeeeery happy people and we are always going to make you feel welcome!! That's a promise. We also love to kiss, so, we are going to kiss you twice on the cheeks! We love to go out, have fun, capoeira and many other tings!! The Native people...

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  • They are not Brazilians as much as...

    In the Northeast especially in Fortaleza it is strange but they never refer to themselves as Brazilian they are Cearensians. The know you are a forener right away and they know who the people from Sao Paulo and the people from Rio or the south of Brazil are. I have gotten to the point where my Portugese is pretty good, but in reality I do not speak...

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  • Forro for all!

    Forro is the typical dance and music of Brazilian's northeast, especially Ceara. The band is usually made up of 3 musicians, one playing the triangle, one the accordeon and one the drum.The name forro has the following origin: When the British built Brazilian's railroad system at the end of the 19th century, they would have a ball once a month and...

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Fortaleza Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving on the beach? Use a 4x4!!!

    Yeah it's great, you can drive on the beaches around Fortaleza legally... but please don't take your small Fiat or Volkswagen on the beach!! You will see other people driving on the beaches with ordinary street cars, but they do get stuck very often, and many of them have experience driving the beaches. If you get stuck, the tide can come in very...

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  • Don't drive without your papers!!

    If you are renting a car in Brazil, always have your passport, drivers lisence AND a document that translates your driving license. The last documentation is very important and needs to be issued from a goverment agency in your country, ie driving school or similar.The police very often have random checks of your papers and can get you into serious...

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  • City violence

    This is important..Fortaleza it´s a large city..with a lot of different people .You can avoid be steal at beachs " calçadão":- leave your jewels at hotel room- Walk there without much money -Be aware of surrounding people- if you rent a car, don´t do big city "explorations"...you can find a local Favela and..you know- go to the beaches with people...

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Fortaleza Tourist Traps

  • Beach Park Day pass

    Hey, if your going to go to Beach Park by all means get the one week pass for 99 instead of the day pass for 79. I mean come on, how expensive can they make this place? I would still go if you have the time and like this kind of theing they have the tallest waterslide the world and it is pretty fun. Just really expensive. The other thing is if...

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  • The higher prices

    Usually you can find people sell everything in the street.. like food, bikinis, etc.. but don't accept their price at first.. you must fight for it.. usually the price is half of the value.. If he don't accept your price.. wait.. he will be back.. if not.. many come with same articles..

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Fortaleza What to Pack

  • Sun block or pay the price!

    Make sure that you pack sun-block and/or sun-screen. The Sun is unforgiving here and after a few hours of being in it ( I mean walking around, not sunbathing) you will be done. If you go to buy it here it is crazy expensive and you probably will not find the kind that you want. WARNING.... Do not buy sun screen from beach peddlers. Chances are it...

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  • Dont forget the sun-lotion!!!

    Travel LIGHT! Most clothing may never get un-packed if you are like me. LIGHT clothing !!!! Sandals, shorts and a T-shirt get you through most of your vacation there. Oh, don't forget your swimsuit and a sunhat :-) A camera is a must, even a video. I preferred my tiny inexpensive digital, point and shoot as on many excursions there is no time to...

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  • Packing List

    Fortaleza is basically warm all year around (between 25ºC and 31ºC), so bring comfortable summer clothes and sunglasses. From March to June it can rain but usually is only early in the morning and the temperature doesn’t go any lower than 25ºC. Don’t forget to bring swimming clothes once the best attractions are the beaches. You might want to...

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Fortaleza Off The Beaten Path

  • God must have spent a little more time...

    I know, I know, It is beautiful... I lived in Fortaleza for 16 years, and believe it or not, I have NEVER been to Jericoacara. Well... That is going to change... Next time that I go home, I am defenetly taking my husband and inviting some friends to go to Jericoacoara with me. Now, about Jericoacoara:Jericoacoara, better known as "Jeri" (the name...

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  • Go to the city centre on a week day

    It's where you see real local people working or just running around in a rush. And it's all very lively. Men singing "cordel" songs is the most interesting thing to see there. Where they come up with sentences out of nowhere and at the moment they're singing. Check Praça do Ferreira (Ferreira Square) and look for São Luis cinema theatre. It's the...

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  • Great fun and a real experience

    The sand dunes at Icarai ( Near Cumbuco ) are excellent. There are several places to rent a beach buggy and enjoy the ride over some real dessert terrain. We did it in rental cars with the tyres flat, something I would not recommend as it cost a small fortune in tyre repairs !!If driving to this area people will run out in front of you to offer...

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Fortaleza Sports & Outdoors

  • Fortaleza... the kitesurfing capital of...

    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....

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  • Check out Fortaleza Esporte Clube for a...

    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...

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Fortaleza Favorites

  • Hot weather in Fortaleza

    The weather is tropical and warm with January and February as the warmest month. Temperatures between 30 and 40°C is the normal.

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  • Fortaleza

    Fortaleza is a coastal city in the north eastern part of Brazil with more than two mill. inhabitants. It's a nice coastal city, and the weather is tropical and warm.

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  • some advices to spend your vacation safe

    Hi. It is true that a lot of statistics show that the violence isn't under control here is Brazil. However, I have to say that I've never been robbed ou suffered any kind of violence here for 10 years. If you bear in mind some advices, I think you can spend your vacation safe without problems. First of all, don't go to the place everyone says...

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morro Branco
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Iracema Statue and Beira Mar at night
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