Along the coast of Northern Brazil you can find tons of amazing spots. If you love flatwater, probably some of the most epic spots are Ilha do Guajiru and Macapa/Barra Grande – or Taiba if you love spotting Pros (not too much for kiting though since it’s super busy). Jericoacoara however is special and different from all the spots you can find along the coast.
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Pros & Cons at a glance
General Infos (Wind, Water Temperature and Water Condition)
Best Wind: July – January
Water Temperature: Bikini/Boardshorts
Water Condition: anything from flat water til waves
Getting to Jericoacoara, Brazil
Currently only domestic flights go to Jericoacoara airport.
The cheapest airport to fly to from abroad is Fortaleza (FOR). There are a few different options to get from Fortaleza to Jericoacoara (besides flying inland from Fortaleza to Jeri).
– from Fortaleza to Jeri by bus
– from Fortaleza to Jeri by private transfer
– from Fortaleza to Jeri by rental car
However, getting out of Fortaleza is a bit of madness, takes you usually around an hour. There are red traffic lights where you shouldn’t stop at night (no one does) since chances are pretty high you would get robbed.
Spot details in and around Jericoacoara
– Behind the Dune in Jeri
Conditions: flat – choppy. You can’t kite surf in Jeri itself since it’s forbidden – only the windsurfers can cruise around the point. The only place you’re allowed to kite at is behind the Dune but it’s not really worth kiting here since the wind is quite gusty. However it’s a nice starting point for a downwinder to Guriu or Tatajuba.
– Upwind of Jeri: Barrinha
– Upwind of Jeri: Prea
– Downwind from Jeri: Guriu (or the waves before Guriu)
– Downwind from Jeri: Tatajuba
– Lagoa Grande
Downwind options around Jeri
Jeri Dune – Guriu – Tatajuba
Barrinha – Prea – Placa
Getting around to the kite spots
To get to the spots you’ll always need a buggy or pickup. In general it’s always cheaper to find more people and get a pickup together (it fits around 12 people).
Where to organize the buggys
The buggys and pickups are waiting in the mornings on Rua S. Francisco and Rua Principal. It’s better coming before 10.30 am since then there are the most drivers around and you can bargain better ? Prices are quite crazy. You will have to calculate around 9 to 15 Euros per Person per day for transport
Going on a kitesurf day trip or downwinder with kite addicts
Carla from Kitesurfando is a super cool girl that organizes trips to different spots most of the days. It’s completely different to go with someone who is just as passionate about kiting as you are! Her “specialty” is going from Jeri to Tatajuba (which is my favorite downwinder as well 😉 )Same with Angela and Mandy from love2kitebrasil. They also organize longer downwinders e.g. from Jeri to Macapa or Atins.
An easy transportation for every day
If you’re traveling solo the best option is to join kite is cool, which is a kite school going to the spot before Guriu (even before the waves) to kite every day at 9.30 am, coming back around 1.30 pm so you have 3 full hours kiting at the spot. They can also drop you off behind the dune for a downwinder (however they won’t accompany you along the coast so you should be experienced enough to go on your own). You’ll have to go there the night before to reserve your spot and it costs you 40 BRS.
Tramping as an option
Again, if you’re travelling solo and are looking for a cheap way to get around you can either tramp to Prea from the station outside of Jeri or you try joining other kiters when you see they are looking for a buggy on Rua S. Francisco or Rua Principal. In the afternoons you can simply do a downwinder from Prea to Placa and then try to catch a ride from there.
You could also do a downwinder from Jeri to Guriu and hope to find a ride back there.
For bigger groups: the kite bus
Look for last-minute rides or people to share the buggy in Kitesurfando
Where to stay in Jericoacoara
Where to rent apartments
You can always check airbnb (if you don’t have an account yet, create one here and get a 35 Euro discount on your first booking with my link) where people offer their apartments usually a bit outside of the city – which is usually no long walk and cheaper than staying in a Pousada.
Pousadas (Guest Houses)
One of my favorite Pousadas – and one that is booked out super quickly – is Pousada Atlantis. It has only a few rooms, is surrounded by a super nice garden and the owners are super nice.
Pousada Papaya is also a nice option. There are tons of other nice options to stay in Jeri, not all of them are on booking or other platforms. You can also book a Pousada just for the first couple of nights and then look for something once you’re there – except for the time around Christmas/New Year when it gets super crowded.
If you’re more on a low budget you can choose the hostel or also single room in Villa Chic. If you’re looking to meet new people and party then Hostel Tirol right in the center across from the bus station in Rua S. Francisco is a good option.
A great option is the Happy Mike Hostel as well – the owner Darcio is a passionate kitesurfer himself and sometimes organizes kite trips as well.
Where to eat in Jericoacoara
The best restaurants and cafes in Jeri
- Casa da Pedra: they have immense salads, Tapiocas and Burgers etc. at a good price, this was the most visited restaurant during all of my stays I think.
- Naturalmente: the best place for Acai or huge sweet/salty Crepes. Tip: you can also watch the sunset from here.
- Club Ventos: definitely the best lunch option (self-service buffet) but make sure to come before one 1 pm since sometimes the best stuff is gone by then. You can soak up the atmosphere and watch the windsurfers and surfers from the restaurant.
- Na Casa Dela: this restaurant looks a bit like out of a fairy tale and the food is good. The Picanha there is one of the best I ever had! All dishes are meant for 2 persons, but you can also order the for one person.
- Peixe Brasileiro: THE best fish in Jeri. the waiter will take you back to the BBQ and you can choose your own fish. There is always big groups here, so make sure to come early (they open at 7) and bring some people or a lot of hunger to share those big fish!
- Kaze: sushi lovers, this is your place to go! Brazilians are crazy about the Sushi and this one is really high quality. Just make sure to come before 8 during high season if you’re a big group or make a reservation before.
- Freddyssimo: a tiny restaurant which is a bit hidden and has a first floor where you can eat nicely. The veggies are partly homegrown and fish as well as meat options were very good.
- Gelato & Grano: definitely the best ice cream in Jeri
Local and low budget food
- Local BBQ stands: They offer different meat options, queijo coalho (cheese sticks that taste a bit like Halloumi), some of them also have shrimps, lobster and fresh tuna.
- Tapioca: there are a few food stands and also restaurants who serve sweet and salty tapioca. Tapioca is kind of a Crepes but it’s made out of the Cassava root. It doesn’t taste like much, is gluten-free and yummy with the right filling.
Supermarkets in Jericoacaora
If you need to go low budget or prefer cooking your own food, it’s worth getting an airbnb Apartment with your own kitchen. Even though Jeri is so remote, the supermarket has quite a good selection. Tem de Tudo on Rua Principal is the biggest one in Jeri and also delivers during the day straight to your house for free if you ask them for delivery.
Not that you would need no-wind activities since it’s always blowing during the season but if you feel like doing something else, there’s tons of activities:
- Surfing or SUPing right in the bay of Jeri (when the swell is good)
- Windsurfing – or simply admire the windsurf pros training there from the beach
- morning run during low tide along the beach or run up the dune a few times
- take dance classes (Forro, Samba) or try Zumba
- take lessons or watch Capoeira or Jiu Jiutsu
- hike to Pedra Furada
- just relax on the beach and sip on a coconut
- shop a pair of havaianas in the big havaiana store on the main square (you’ll probably head out with more than one pair…)
- Listen to live music in one of the many bars or restaurants
- Go for a sunset caipi up the dune
- Watch the Capoeira show at sunset at the beach
- Try all the Caipis on Caipi street that you don’t know yet (there are a lot of fruits you will have never heard of!)
- Watch the Capoeira/Samba show on Saturday night around 8 pm while dining in e.g. Pescador (it’s on this small square)
- Party! There is something going on every night, you can check the Live Jeri website or simply go to Caipi Street and take it from there (parties usually start around 11 – 12 pm) Locals love the Samba on Fridays.
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> You’re all giddy with excitement for your next kite trip – but wondering what you’ll need to pack for your adventure?
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