WHEN TO GOPeak Season: July – January
Avg Air Temp: up to 35°C / 95°F
Avg Water Temp: 30°C / 86°F
AVERAGE COSTSBeer: R$6
Restaurant Meal: R$50
Accommodation: R$350 (VillaMango)
THE LURESituated between Paracuru and Jericoacoara means you can expect an incredible predictability of wind here. Icaraizinho de Amontada village is a simple place with very welcoming people, offering small shops, a pharmacy, a church, some small restaurants and a spacious, sandy six kilometre stretch of beach. Discovered by windsurfers and more recently kitesurfers looking to ride in peaceful surroundings and do not much other than sail / kite every day, this spot is ideal if your requirements are the same.
PHOTOS / VillaMango
THE SET-UPA beautiful half crescent bay features a range of conditions, with perfect flat water slalom on the southeast end, bump and jump in the middle and one to two metre waves jacking up at the north end of the bay. The beach itself is unspoiled with nice, soft sand, no shells, no pebbles and plenty of space to launch and land your kites.
There are two fantastic, classic downwinders that aren’t too demanding but offer different conditions. Caetanos to Icaraizinho is approximately 15 kilometres with good waves along the way. Icaraizinho to Aracatiassu river mouth is slightly shorter at 13 kilometres and features small waves and superb flat water at low tide in the river mouth. Mango Kite Club organise downwinders and guidance for these two great routes that suit both experienced riders and those on their first downwinders.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATERSunny and warm, the air temperature is hot at 35°C / 95°F in the main season, and the water 30°C / 86°F, however it stays incredibly warm all year and the only protection you’ll ever need is sun cream. July to January are the windiest months, and thankfully feels a little cooler than the air temperature reads, averaging 20 - 25 knots from the east, peaking August to November when it ramps up to 25 to 40 knots. The rainy season (February to June) has less wind.
ACCOMMODATIONVillaMango is a charming hotel one kilometre from the village centre / 15 minutes walk along the beach. Stay in the hotel or the bungalows and be completely integrated into your surroundings, with the hotel operating as sustainably as possibly with efficient appliances, ecological drains and renewable power. Built from certified wood and eucalyptus trees from a reforestation programme, the bungalows set on stilts are private, extremely comfortable and provide a wonderful sense of freedom and tranquility. Perfectly suited for solo riders or those with a family as they have a swimming pool and a rest area just in front of the kite spot with bar service. The hotel accepts Mastercard, Visa and Amex.
PHOTOS / VillaMango
SCHOOLSMANGO KITE CLUB operates at the priveleged location on the VillaMango grounds, offering perfect kitesurfing conditions ten steps from the centre. IKO instructors offer lessons with radio assistance for all levels, beginner to advanced. Ozone equipment is available for rent, there are also air compressors, lockers, a large lawn for rigging and cleaning gear, a sea front gazebo and bar service. Downwinder trips are available to nearby lagoons and flat water spots.
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NO WINDWithin just a short walk you’ll find white sand dunes, lagoons, natural pools at low tide and the Aracatiassu river with its oysters that are served fresh every day. For sports lovers VillaMango has a squash court and swimming pool and there’s always the six kilometre coastline that is excellent for cycling, walking or running at low tide. Also enjoy the large gazebo on the seafront with magnificent views, pool with Jacuzzi and bar service.
GET AROUNDIcaraizinho is a small, simple fishing village with some basic, but limited amenities. There are no ATMs (get cash at the airport or before you travel) and there is no hospital; just a small clinic that offers a limited service and a small pharmacy. The nearest hospital is in Itapipoca, 80 kilometres away. You don’t need a hire car for Icaraizinho, (unless you want to go and stay at other kite spots along the coast while on your trip) and VillaMango can organise an airport transfer for you (as well as trips to other beaches).
CURRENCYBrazilian Reais (R$) - £1 = R$4 / €1 = R$3 / US$ = R$2.6
FOOD AND DRINKYou’ll find some small local restaurants in the village and a very simple nightlife. VillaMango offeres a restaurant with a menu signed by their excellent chef, LiLi Hollanda.
PHOTO / VillaMango
AIRPORTFortaleza Pinto Martins airport (FOR) is approximately 200 kilometres away / 2.5 hours transfer.
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