WHEN TO GOPeak Season: July – February
Avg Air Temp: up to 28 – 30°C / 82 – 86°F
Avg Water Temp: 20 – 25°C / 68 – 77°F
Beer: Local: R$4 Import: R$7
Restaurant Meal: R$20 – 100 p.p
Accommodation: R$350– 800 per room
THE LUREJericoacoara is a very special fishing village on the northeast coast of Brazil in Ceara, 330 kilometres northwest of Fortaleza. Close to the equator it was once hailed as having one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world by the Washington Post. Surrounded by dunes, fresh water lagoons and set in a national park, there are no proper roads, sand everywhere and wind almost every day.
THE SET-UPBoasting over 25 kilometres of beaches and solid wind right from June all the way through February, there are fantastic conditions (as long as you like strong winds) - flat water lagoons, river mouths and ocean waves. June, July, February and March are the best months for wakestyle freestyle as the winds are a little lower.
Two high and two low tides a day, the best swell is usually April-November. At full and new moons the best waves are at Prea, Malhada (experienced only due to some rocks) or Por- do-so beach. At low tide the best and flattest conditions are at Guriu river, which is at the end of a thrilling downwinder over several kilometres from Jericoacoara itself. You’ll also find flat water on low tide, waves and cross-shore winds at Mangue Seco. Alternatively take a buggy 12 kilometres upwind across the national park to the cross / cross-onshore winds of Prea. You can downwinder back (being careful to come in before Jeri, or taking a wide berth around the point where the windsurfers are to avoid the wind shadow).
WIND, WEATHER AND WATERCross-off right in front of Jeri town, but most of the kiteboarding takes place along the incredibly long beach where it becomes more cross-shore as the beach curves downwind. Trade winds combine with a late morning thermal directly off the northern sea and a typical day of wind begins at 7am, with mild trade winds of 15 – 22 knots from the east. Around noon the heat generated thermal winds from the north combine with the trades to form a strong 20 – 30 knot northeaster. The main Temporada do Vento wind season begins in early July, typically blowing through until February, when the rain season usually takes over. Windiest months are August – November with formidable stats of 95%; frequently over 30 knots in the afternoon. Water temperatures of 20 – 25oC, so just good lycra and very strong sunscreen needed. Cooler in the evenings, so bring your hoody.
ACCOMMODATIONJeri is littered with around a hundred hotels and pousadas from simple to luxurious. We stayed at the very unique Vila Kalango, complete with a range of comfortable room styles, including high stilt houses built into the trees, superb food in their bar and restaurant, plus it’s the closest hotel to the water by the Sunset Dune. More at: www.vilakalango.com.br
The Hurricane Jeri hotel offers a unique experience on the ocean front of the spectacular Malhada Beach a few minutes from Jeri centre. Lots of space and comfort with a rustic-chic style, there’s an amazing lagoon-shaped pool, full bar, complete restaurant service, wifi and more. www.hurricanejeri.com
SCHOOLSKITESTROPHIK Kite Surf Club have been based in Jericoacoara on the main beach seafront at Ice Cream Surfer shop for eight years and teach all levels on North, Ion, Mystic and Fanatic equipment. They offer kite, surf, SUP lessons, rentals, sales, storage, snack bar as well as transfers to the main kite sites by buggy, 4x4, horse and cart or horseback. Languages spoken by instructors:
Languages spoken by instructors: English, Portguese, Spanish, French and Italian
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NO WINDDaily dune buggy excursions, the most popular being Blue Lagoon, Paradise Lagoon and Tatajuba Torta Lagoon. Take an eco walk to the iconic ‘Pedra Furada’ – a large rock on the seashore with a large hole in the middle. For more action, there’s powerkiting, sandsurfing, SUPing, windsurfing, surfing, quad biking, horse-riding, capoeira...
GET AROUNDJeri is a safe and fantastic place to visit, whether you want to get around on foot, in a buggy or on horseback! Rent a dune buggy or quad, but you’re best to do it with a driver who will follow you on a downwinder. Kiteworldwide offer Jericoacoara as part of their tour package through Prea, Jeri and Tatajuba. This and more luxury downwinder excursions in this area and beyond at: www.kiteworldwide.com
CURRENCYBrazilian Reais (R$) - £1 = R$4 / €1 = R$3 / US$ = R$2.6
There is no cash machine in Jeri, the nearest bank is Jijoca, a small village 35 kilometres away. You can pay by card in restaurants, though. There are plenty of tourist agencies and foreign exchanges, too.
FOOD AND DRINKJeri is a unique experience as the whole town is sandy and full of buzzing restaurants and bars. There are supermarkets and many great restaurants, offering lovely fresh fish, lobster and shrimp, Brazilian, Italian, Japanese and Arabian foods.
AIRPORTPinto Martins, Fortaleza (FOR) is 330 kilometres from Jeri. Bus transfer is cheap and takes you to Jijoca where you’ll switch to a 4x4 for the last stretch of dirt road: www.fretecar.com.br
Car is most convenient, taking roughly four hours. A driver can pick you up for R$500 each way. Kitestrophik, Vila Kalango and Hurricane Jeri organise transfers. If you’re renting a none-4x4 car you’ll have to leave it just outside of town. For the fit and adventurous you can of course reach Jeri from Fortaleza on a huge downwinder! You’ll arrive at Rancho do Peixe in neighbouring Prea with total assistance all the way. Taking three to four days with guides on the water and 4x4 on land, you’ll stay over-night in exclusive hotels. Check out: www.surfinsemfim.com.br
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