Visitors to Fortaleza in the State of Ceara quickly realize that the center of most of life here on the northeast edge of Brazil is focused on the beach. The truth is a full seventy per cent of Cearan’s live on the coast and there is good reason for it – unsurpassed beauty with year round entertainment at affordable prices.
The coastline stretching both north and south of Fortaleza offers the most fabulous beaches in all of Brazil and may even rival beaches worldwide. Just 45 minutes north of Fortaleza by way of the Costa do Sol Nascente highway (Coast of the Rising Sun), you will find an idyllic, palm fringed beachfront village called Cumbuco.
Cumbuco is known internationally as having the perfect conditions for kite surfing. There are several reasons for this popularity. Cumbuco’s main beach is a quiet haven for tourist and natives alike. The dunes that outline the other side of town are renowned for their exotic beauty providing a striking visual contrast.
The waters off this part of the Cearan coast offer every condition imaginable for novice and expert kite surfers alike. The year round sea and air temperatures varies little with an average water temperature of 26 C (79 F) and an air temperature of 28 C (82 F). There is rarely a time when the offshore winds are not blowing between 18 and 25 knots. The experts will tell you that perfect kite surfing conditions can be found at Cumbuco eight months of the year, starting around June and running through February. The more challenging waves are found as one travels toward Pecem while various lagoons dot the Cumbuco coastline, providing beginners with many opportunities to test their skills in these shallow, glassy waters.
As with most of this exotic coastline, water sports are not the only attraction here at Cumbuco. Along with the famous Brazilian nightlife centered on beach bars and restaurants, you can catch a glimpse of an Afro-Brazilian cultural sport called capoeira. African American slaves created this dance/sport back in 16th century Brazil. Capoeira combines martial arts moves set to music. It is a competitive “fight” between two dancers who never physically engage one another. Every year, thousands of foreign tourists visit this area to experience this unique Brazilian cultural gift.
You probably guessed by now that many world travelers have visited Cumbuco and never left. This small town may be only minutes away from Fortaleza, but miles away when it comes to the cost of living. The good life can be yours in Cumbuco on almost any budget.
Many expats have found a home in Cumbuco. They brought with them Italian, French and German cuisine and various interests and needs which have helped Cumbuco develop one of the best tourist infrastructures in all of Ceara. Cumbuco boasts good roads, sanitation, schools and even a hospital. It’s a safe and clean beach town within a wind’s gust of Fortaleza.