Beaches in Fortaleza and CearŠ
Urban beaches in Fortaleza
Fortaleza has about 25 km of urban beaches.
From North to South, the urban beaches of Fortaleza are Iracema, Meireles, Mucuripe and Praia do Futuro.
The photo above shows an aerial view of the Fortaleza coast line.
The map below shows beaches in Fortaleza and all the coast of CearŠ; expand the map to see more beaches.
View Larger Map
Each beach has its own peculiarities.
Iracema is the bohemian beach. Partiers (locals and tourists alike) start to gather in the afternoon and stay until the morning. For example, the Cultural Center Drag„o do Mar and the night club Pirata are in Iracema, amidst a profusion of restaurants and bars.
Read more about Iracema beach.
Meireles is where locals and tourists go to stroll, bring their children to the several play grounds, drink a coconut, sit down and watch people passing by. The "feirinha de artesanato" (handicraft marke) is in Meireles. Meireles is also the area with the highest number of hotels in Fortaleza.
Read more about Meireles.
Mucuripe is the place of jangadas. Still used by fishermen to to into high sea, jangadas can be seen along the way during the afternoon and evenings, and returning from the sea in the morning; part of the catch of the day is sold in an old style fish market. Also, the boat trips leave from this area.
Read more about Mucuripe beach.
Praia do Futuro, about 7 km long, is the preferred one for bathing and surfing. Praia do Futuro was made famous by its barracas (rustic restaurants built on the beach sand), which offer excellent food and local musical shows.
Read more about Praia do Futuro.