Jericoacoara

Jericoacoara, known as simply “Jeri” to the locals, is a small town of 3,000 inhabitants located in the northern state of Ceara that has developedan international reputation for its tranquil beauty.
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Sandune Jericoacoara

Situated in a remote location within a national park, it pleases travelers with its affordability and quality.  Many come from around the world to enjoy watersports, sunsets, and nightlife. Closed to unauthorized vehicles, your best bet is taking a daily bus from nearby Fortaleza.

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VISITS AND ACTIVITIES
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If you’re traveling in a group and want to get out see some remote ecological sites, your best bet is renting a dune buggy. It can accommodate up to four passengers, and the price includes a driver.

Popular destinations include the Lagoa do Paraiso and the Lagoa Azul, crystal clear inland lagoons with beautiful swimming.  Or, you can head out to Tatajuba, a picturesque fishing village a short trek west, located at the mouth of a tidal river.

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=> During high season a dune buggy trip will typically cost between R$200 and 250, a reasonable price especially when split among four people.
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For those seeking the ultimate thrill, Jeri is one of the top kitesurfing destinations in South America. The center of kite surfing is Praia do Prea, 10km east of Jeri.  Here you can rent equipment, arrange classes, or hire a guide.

A half day rental will cost you around R$150, while a four hour class will be around R$350.  July to January, with its consistently high quality winds, is the high season for windsports. Windsurfers will also find excellent conditions, and affordable rentals are available at ClubeVentos on Jeri Beach.

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Surfing and sandboarding are also quite popular, and for those on a budget, sandboarding offers a cheap day of entertainment, with rentals running from R$5 to 10 an hour. Dancing and martial arts enthusiasts will enjoy daily capoeira classes at 8am and 4pm on the beach. The afternoon class is followed by a public performance. Classes cost R$20 per person, for a half hour lesson.

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ACCOMODATION, HOTELS AND HOSTELS
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Jericoacoara BeachBudget travelers will enjoy the clean, comfortable dorms at Hostel Jeri Brasil, which features cable tv, hot-water showers, and a small kitchen, for R$30 a night.  Pousada Casa do Turismo is an attractive option for mid-range travelers.  The rooms, though small, are well furnished and pleasant, and you are sure to enjoy the delightful gardens and pool.
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Rooms start at  R$150 a night.  If you’re looking for a true getaway, indulge in the luxurious rooms or charming brick bungalows at Vila Kalango.  With its elaborate canopy beds, spa, pool, and beach area, it is sure to be a hit with everyone.  Rooms go for R$270, while bungalows start at R$460.

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>Hostel Jeri Brasil

Rua de Matriz 305, Jericoacoara, Brazil
Landline: 3669 2263
http://www.jeribrasil.com.br

>Pousada Casa do Turismo
Rua das Dunas, Jericoacoara, Brazil
Landline: 3669 2286
http://www.casadoturismo.com

>Vila Kalango
Rua das Dunas 30, Jericoacoara, Brazil
Landline: 3669 2289
http://www.vilakalango.com.br

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EATING AND RESTAURANTS
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The best dining option in town is a spot called Tamarindo, located under a sprawling Tamarind tree.  Try the grilled fish with mango puree, or Brazil-nut crusted filet mignon.  Make sure to try the frozen tangeroskas.  An absolutely necessary experience in Jeri is dining at the Peixaria Peixe Brasileiro.

Run by fishermen, you can actually select your fish, shrimp, or lobster, right out of an ice chest, and watch them grill it in front of you.  Fish is sold by kilo, and typically costs around $30 per kilo.  If you’re looking for lighter fare, Café Brasil, with its daily baked sandwiches, bread, and deserts, is sure to be a hit.  It also boasts the best coffee, juice, and smoothies in town.

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>Tamarindo

Rua da Farmacia
Landline: 9962 4301

>Peixaria Peixe Brasileiro

Beco do Guaxelo
Landline: 9969 2173

>Cafe Brasil

It is open from 1pm to 10:30pm.
Beco do Guaxelo 65A
Landline: 3669 2272

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NIGHTLIFE, BARS AND CLUBS
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The nightlife usually starts and ends at Planeta Jeri, right on the beach. Visitors will also enjoy a variety of cocktail carts, selling delicious and affordable fruit-infused fare. For those seeking great nightlife, check out the reggae at Mama Africa, or the classier, more expensive Tropicana, which evokes the luxurious style of art-deco Miami.

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>Planeta Jeri

This chill bar/club is a great option for tourists, catering to a wide variety of musical tastes.
Rua Principal

>Mama Africa

Serving up reggae-infused electronic beats, this is a great option, with good specials on drinks. Cover charge of R$5-10.
Rua Nova Jeri

>Tropicana

The newest player in the Jericoacoara nightlife scene, cocktails will run you from between R$10 and 20.
Rua do Forro

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GETTING THERE
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Buses leave regularly from Fortaleza for Jericoacoara. The six hour ride typically costs around R$40 or 50.  If you are coming or going from the West, it's a little bit trickier.  Your best bet is to take a dune buggy for the 40km ride to Camocim.

=> From there you can catch a bus further west to Parnaiba or Sobral.  A more affordable option is to take a lotacaos (a large modified jeep).  The closest airport to Jericoacoara is in Fortaleza.
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