In southern Ceará, (2h30 from the capital, Fortaleza), set off to discover the charming little fishing village perched on ocher coloured cliffs that seem to have been sculpted by the hand of an eccentric artist.
The paradisical settings and very pleasant microclimate have transformed the ancient fishing village of Canoa Quebrada into a seaside resort. This destination was long a well kept secret, but now has an international reputation. This makes Canoa Quebrada a particularly popular destination on the road between Fortaleza and Natal.
If you are looking for an easily accessible beach destination in the Northeast where both relaxation and entertainment are available, Canoa Quebrada is certainly the answer. You can reach this village by road but if you want to add fun and thrills to your vacation you can travel to this little paradise by driving along the immense beaches in a buggy or 4×4. Leaving from Fortaleza, this takes half a day. A suitable seaside resort for everyone, from romantic couples to families, perfect for a quiet stay or to party by the sea in the sunset!
On your Canoa Quebrada vacation
True relaxation – Brazilian style
Exciting sports activities
Lively, but relaxed nightlife
Superb buggy rides in the incredible natural surroundings.
Included in our Canoa Quebrada package :
- 1 private transfer airport/hotel in Fortaleza
- 1 private transfer from Fortaleza to Canoa Quebrada by 4X4 with driver along the beaches
- 2 nights in a hotel with a double room in Canoa Quebrada.
- 1 Buggy ride with a professional driver along the beach to Ponta Grossa and back.
- 1 private transfer back to Fortaleza or to the airport in Fortaleza.
Follow the footsteps of the European “New Wave” in Brazil
In the 1960s, a group of New Wave filmmakers decided to shoot a film in the Northeast.
Following the “Cearense” coastline, they chose a place with a natural decor of ocher coloured cliffs eroded by the winds and overlooking a magnificent sandy white beach. Perched on the cliffs, this little fishing village found its existence changed forever.
Today, this hamlet has flourished and become one of the most popular places on the Cearense coast due to its beautiful natural surroundings. Another “treasure” you will find here is the nightlife at weekends, along the main street nicknamed “Broadway” by locals.
Canoa Quebrada is famous for its kite surfing spots (particularly the Jaguaribe estuary) and several clubs offer initiation courses or improvement lessons and rent the kit out to those who have their IKO license. Giant Zip cordes, buggy, quad or horse rides in the dunes, surfing and even a first parachute jump are all amazing experiences waiting for you here!
A Canoa Quebrada vacation – Alluring and lively!
At only 160km from Fortaleza, Canoa Quebrada is a place to unwind and forget the pressures of the modern world.
Hidden from the land by a range of impressive red cliffs, its white sandy beach and emerald waters offer blissful swimming in this tranquil bay on the Atlantic. Spending time here will give you a taste of paradise; this wild and beautiful landscape, dotted with tufts of vegetation that can be seen on the cliffs. To have fun while exploring these natural surroundings we suggest a buggy ride to Ponta Grossa. Follow the cliffs along the beach and ride over the spectacular dunes to discover the small fishing villages, a lot more fun than going by road!
Canoa Quebrada is also a stop on one of our superb package tours in this region, the Fortaleza/Natal done in a 4×4 or buggy along the beaches!
How will you choose to discover these wonderful locations?
To cover the hundred kilometers along the beaches between the fishing village of Prainha and that of Canoa Quebrada, several options are available.
Our first proposal is a ride in specially equipped 4X4, driven by a professional driver. This is the preferred option for people who prioritize comfort and safety when traveling.
You can also do the same trip aboard a buggy driven by a local professional driver, a small, light vehicle originally invented by surfers to reach the best spots in the dunes. With a turbo engine and open structure, it offers more thrills but also exposes its passengers (especially at the rear) to the elements (wind, sun and ocean spray). Each vehicle can carry 3 passengers in addition to the driver. Thrills guaranteed!
Finally for driving enthusiasts, you can drive your own buggy all the way along the beaches, provided you are of legal age and have a valid driving license. This is the most expensive option because in this case, a driver guide will accompany you in another vehicle. They will show you the way in the labyrinth of tracks and ensure you take the right path along the beach. They will also ensure the proper functioning of your vehicle.
Enjoy a wonderfully peaceful paradise
On the road to “Canoa” as the locals call it, 135km from Fortaleza, we have fallen under the charm of a small 5 star hotel called the Vila Selvagem.
Facing the ocean and next to the charming little fishing hamlet of Pontal do Maceio, it is a dream location.
It also boasts a splendid structure with bungalows scattered in a beautiful garden, two swimming pools and a spa, lounges and all that is expected of a quality hotel. An ideal address for a purely relaxing stay, but also for kite surfers, due to the spots nearby. For more information, see the accommodation section below.
Canoa Quebrada – Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Fortaleza/ In
Arrival and private transfer to hotel.
During the 20 minute drive you can see the daily life of the locals and start to soak up the “Nordestine” atmosphere of Ceará.
Check in at the hotel.
Night at the hotel.
Day 2 : Fortaleza/Canoa Quebrada
Hotel buffet breakfast.
A driver will collect you in a 4X4 style Land Rover, Hilux or dune buggy to drive along the beach to Canoa Quebrada (times depend on the daily tides).
You will set off along the road to the small village of Prainha about forty minutes from the center of Fortaleza and where the beach becomes accessible after the river mouths in the town area. It is from here that the adventure really begins and you start driving along the beach.
You will follow the mineral landscapes of dunes and chiseled cliffs interrupted now and then by charming fishing villages, a river, coconut trees or local lowland vegetation. You will stop for lunch on the Morro Branco beach and eat in a seaside restaurant facing the ocean. Your journey then continues along the Atlantic to reach Canoa before sunset.
The driver will drop you off at the hotel.
After check-in, you can have a wander down the main street called Broadway which crosses most of the village. It is a pedestrian avenue and therefore very lively. You will find restaurants and shops as well as bars and night clubs that come alive especially at the weekend.
Night at the hotel.
Day 3 : Canoa Quebrada – Ponta Grossa
Re-energize with a delicous Brazilian breakfast of fresh local produce and sweet and savory delights, served at the hotel.
Depending on the tide times, a driver will collect you in front of your hotel to go on a buggy excursion to Ponta Grossa.
During this trip, you will continue exploring the coastline to reach the most beautiful cliffs in the region. Aboard the buggy, you certainly have a stronger sense of freedom and you can really enjoy the beautiful local scenery: blue skies, shimmering ocean, ocher colored cliffs and rocks sculpted by the wind. It is a magical place where you can stop for a swim and feel as though you are the only person in the world. If there is time, you can have lunch in a beach restaurant (total excursion time 3hrs).
You will then come back to your pousada and enjoy the rest of the day as you please.
Night at the pousada
Accommodation for your Canoa Quebrada Vacation
Hotel Sonata de Iracema (standard)
This hotel is the best value for money in Fortaleza. Located on the Iracema beach, it is ideally situated for nightlife and restaurants.
The Sonata de Iracema hotel has about a hundred rooms all with a direct view of the ocean. A stay that will delight families with kids as well as couples or friends. An ideal combination of quality services and a reasonable price.
Hotel Gran Marquise (superior)
This is presently one of the best hotels in the Cearense capital. The Gran Marquise hotel offers top quality spacious rooms and services that will please those looking for the highest level of comfort. Located on the Beira Mar Avenue along the ocean, it has rooms with a full or partial view of the ocean and is close to restaurants and other services.
It is an ideal place for those wishing to celebrate an occasion such as a honeymoon or simply wanting to enjoy the comfort and quality services.
Pousada Vila Selvagem (luxury)
The Pousada Vila Selvagem is a luxury establishment located almost on the beach in the village of Pontal de Maceio 40mins. from Canoa Quebrada. The 29 bungalows with terraces and ocean views are all very well equipped and magnificently decorated combining modern and traditional materials which will charm even the most demanding visitors.
It is a perfect destination for those looking for a little paradise in which to relax and unwind.
Hotel Long Beach (standard & superior)
We have chosen the charming Long Beach hotel for its quality services that are superior to others offered in the village. It is 350m from the beach and 650m from the main street. It is not too close or too far from the centre that can be quite noisy at night in high season. It still has an access and view of the ocean from up on the cliffs.
It is a charming hotel with bungalows, each with a terrace and solarium, or well equipped rooms and suites as well as two pools. It is presently the best hotel in the small village of Canoa Quebrada.