Paracuru is a small town with a dozen or so beaches just 100km north of Fortaleza. As the seat of the local municipality it offers a lot more in terms of infrastructure to all of the other destinations we explore here. In Paracuru, you will find a large selection of hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and even bank branches! Paracuru is mostly known for its wave conditions and also features some awesome flats. The main kite beach Quebramar is located a little outside of town to the East.
The main spot Quebramar is a 10 minute drive east out of town. Most of the pousadas offer transfers in case you are not driving yourself. Quebramar is a reef spot that is highly tide dependent. At low and mid tide the reef barriers form a large flatwater lagoon ideal for freestylers and beginners. Wave lovers can head out to the reef break where they should find one-two metres action. The space lagoon can fill up early during low tide though, so don’t leave it too late to head out.
In high tide conditions the frontal reef about 200m offshore forms a small break that produces waves of two-three metres and more pending on the swell. The lagoon on the other hand can get pretty choppy during that time.
The beach bar cum restaurant at Quebramar invites you to chill and rest and watch the action unfold between sessions.
To the west of town there is the river mouth of the Curu. At high tide a great flatwater spot opens up here, however, whilst the wind out on the open sea is pumping strong, it gets rather gusty as you enter into the river. Another important consideration before heading out here is to confirm with the locals about the hours of operation for kiting here as access is regulated.
Continuing on this trajectory from Paracuru westwards, the route to Lagoinha makes for a nice Downwind of around 15km. You’ll pass a long stretch of spectacular white sanded beach and blue water. Watch out for the rocky stretch on the tip of Lagoinha before arriving on its main beach.
It’s approximately a 1.5 hour drive covering 95km from Fortaleza International Airport to Paracuru. You can hire a car at the airport, take a private transfer or minivan or get on a public bus. The bus terminal is right in the town center of Paracuru. If you already have a hotel reservation they can help you arrange a private transfer.
Paracuru sees a bit of a nightlife mostly concentrated around the central square (Praça da Matriz) where you find a variety of restaurants and bars.
Paracuru has about a dozen or so beaches to explore, many of which offer excellent conditions and waves to surf, but also to swim, snorkel and to hang out and enjoy a fresh fish in one of the local beach huts.
From the Praia da Boca do Poço you can also take a trip on one of the traditional fishing boats, called Jangada, to the sandbank of the Rio Curu. Upon arrival, you can even endeavour on some trails through the mangroves and if you dare catch river crabs from the mud.
Other local trips on offer include buggy rides, Stand Up Paddle, or visitations of buffalo, fish and shrimp farms and the like.