With strong consistent winds, Ilha do Guajirú is gaining fame and recognition as one of the prime flatwater spots in Brazil. Its brilliant turquoise lagoons are wrapped by palm trees, and white sand dunes. A vast sandbank (400m wide and 5km long) acts as a barrier between the blue ocean and the huge lagoon. From bed to board really holds true in Ilha do Guajirú, as a majority of the pousadas are peppered on a small strip along the spot. You can kite here from sunrise to sunset on approx. 2.5 km² of mirror-like water.
There are a number of spots that are worth riding. Watch out for low tide though as there are certain areas with a lot of shell accumulation on the seabed.
Praia da Barra: It’s the main spot in the middle of the lagoon facing all the pousadas. Pay particular attention to the tides as at low tide there is much less water in the lagoon to ride. Only at medium and high tide can you kiteboard in flat water or slightly choppy conditions. Given the size of the lagoon conditions will always vary slightly.
Secret spot: You can find this spot on the windward part of the lagoon. A spectacular and beautiful wild landscape awaits you but you might need to ask a local fisherman for a quick ride to get there. Once you do, you’ll find flat water on the inward lagoon side. After you cross the sandbank along a narrow stretch (approx 50m wide), you’ll arrive at the sea where you’ll find all types of conditions, both flat water and waves, depending on the tide.
Praia do Guajiru: This spot is located on the leeward side where the lagoon joins with the sea. It has ideal flat water conditions on a low tide, and an added advantage as you can gain access to the sea when you need to!
Lagoon: Surf downwind from Praia da Barra, out to sea until you reach a point that requires you to cross a section of sand to enter and you’ll find another flatwater lagoon!
To get back, you have to go upwind for quite a bit, or ask a nearby boat for a quick ride. Alternatively, the road is 600m away if you want to hitch a car ride.
Downwind options include the stretch from Almofala back to Ilha Guajirú (40km), more experienced riders downwind from Ilha do Guajirú to Arpoeiras or even all the way to Preá/Jeri.
Fortaleza International Airport to Ilha do Guajiru, is more than a three hour drive as you have to cover around 220km. From Jericoacoara Airport to Ilha do Guajiru you’ll be on the road for about one hour for the 60km drive. You can either hire a car, a private driver or a minivan or hop into a public bus to Itarema and from there on to Ilha do Guajiru. If you already have a hotel reservation they will arrange a private driver for you.
Ilha do Guajiru features a number of delicious restaurants. True to the motto: Kite - Eat -Sleep - Repeat, do not expect anything along the lines of nightlife however.
As for most of the more remote places along the coast, make sure to bring some reais (BRL), as there are no cash machines or money exchanges to be found here, even though most places accept card payment these days.
Ilha do Guajirú feels a bit like a large Kitesurf Training Camp, the theme here is very much: Kite - Eat -Sleep - Repeat. Outside attractions are rare to come by, at least not in the immediate vicinity. On the rare chance of a down day, check with your pousada what they might be offering. Since the place is quite small and concentrated, ad-hoc activities can easily be organised.