Situated a mere 20km downwind from Jericoacoara at the bank of the River Tucunduba and surrounded by dunes lies the quaint little fishing village of Tatajuba. Here, you will be able to indulge in some real bed to board action, get in touch with nature and wind down from the hustle of the city. It’s this tranquility that really makes the charm of Tatajuba. In terms of kiting, there are a number of options that won’t let you get bored too rapidly. Warm air, water and reliable, strong winds are awaiting you from June to January.
The main spot in Tatajuba is right by the river mouth where most of the pousadas are located. In only a few steps you’ll launch onto your board and head out. At mid to high tide kiters will find both super flat and also some choppier sections; perfect wind conditions invite for some awesome freestyle action. At low tide you’d have to walk out the beach some hundred meters to ride in the sea. This may be the opportunity for a short Downwinder to Coqueiro Solitário or Vento Moréias. If you fancy continuing all the way to Camocim it is a mere 18kms.
You should ask the locals about the Wave Spot, a sandbank at the junction of river and sea which forms a shorebreak at high tide. The waves here can swell as high as two meters and kickers emerge all over the place for those into their big airs!
Upwind you can check out the flat water lagoon and river mouth at Guriú, ideal for beginners and freestylers, around 30 minutes by Buggy. The downwinder back to Tatajuba would be around 12km.
Lastly, there are two sweet-water lagoons, approximately four kms inland, Lagoa da Torta and Lago Grande where locals head to when the wind is too strong on the beach or simply for their flat water conditions.
From Jericoacoara Airport to Tatajuba it’s approximately a one and a half hour drive covering 70km. From Fortaleza International Airport you will be on the road for 340km, for around five hours and 15 minutes. If you’re hiring a car, consider a 4x4 as the last stretch of road from Parazinho (CE) is often buried in sand and may or may not be accessible by a regular car. In this case you might leave your car in Parazinho and arrange a local taxi or ask your Pousada for a lift. Alternatively, your Pousada may also arrange a private transfer from the airport for you.
Tatajuba rewards those who are looking for a tranquil and chilled place. There is no nightlife here unless you make it, but you can always head over to Jericoacoara for some buzz. As for most of the 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.
There are plenty of day trips from Jericoacoara to the two lagoons Lagoa Torta e Lago Grande where you’ll find water slides from the dunes into the lagoons as well as a Zip Line. Most other activities however are really offered from Jericoacoara, which also has a vast nightlife on offer.