The Best Kitesurfing Spots To Explore On The North East Coast In Brazil As A Digital Nomad

There are many reasons to come to Brazil and kitesurfing is definitely one of them. Tarifa might be the kite Mecca of Europe, the North Coast of Brazil is definitely the best kite place of South America, and maybe even of the world. Nine months of constant, clean, steady wind you won’t find anywhere else. Flat water lagoons, beautiful sunsets, waves and amazing downwinders. The endless opportunities in Brazil will blow you away.

Brazil has kitesurfing with all conditions, for all levels. Whether you are just starting out, ride for fun or want to be the new World Champion. Explore the coastline with a famous downwinder, head down to one of the many flat water spot lagoons which are perfect for beginners and freestyling. You will find the best spots with clear waves for those who love wave riding. Name it and you find it!

Although you will find kitesurfing spots in many places in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis and Salvador de Bahia. The most famous spots you will find from Fortaleza all the way to Atins.

Kitesurfers from all over the world come to explore especially this area. Let me introduce you to the best spots to kite and work while exploring Brazil as a kitesurfing Digital Nomad, Remote Worker, Entrepreneur or Lifestyle Seeker.

The Best Kitesurfing Spots In North East Brazil. From East To West are

Parajuru | Barra Nova | Cumbuco | Taiba | Ilha de Gijaru
Paracuru | Jericoacoara | Barra Grande | Atins

Kitesurfing As A Digital Nomad In Parajuru

Parajuru, a lovely authentic, remote fisherman’s village with a few nice pousadas and restaurants. Only two hours south of Fortaleza. An incredible kitesurfing spot without the crowd of going west from Fortaleza. And I’m wondering why, because Parajuru has conditions for every kite lover. Waves in the ocean, flat water in the shallow lagoon.

Maybe not the best place for the partying or working kitesurfer. Parajuru doesn’t have a lot of places to go out at night, but if that’s not why you’re coming to Brazil for, you’re good to go. Internet is not as good, or let’s say pretty bad, even in comparison to other places in Brazil. It’s still totally worth checking out.

Wind, Weather And Kite Conditions In Parajuru

Parajuru has constant wind from July to January, which blows stronger during the day. The wind is pretty light with around 15 – 25 knots. The best wind you will have in August to October as well as January. During the day, the wind rotates usually from sideshore to side-onshore.

The sandbars create a big flat and shallow water area on low tide and it gets a bit more choppy with small waves with high tide.

How To Get To Parajuru

Parajuru is only 127 km and a 2 hour drive south of Fortaleza. Take the CE 040 heading South until you reach your destination if you go by car. Although it might be easier to let your pousada arrange a taxi or get an uber from the airport.  

Wifi And Internet Connection In Parajuru

Internet connection in Parajuru isn’t as good as in the major cities, but more reliable than when you go further north. It also depends on the accommodation you book. The high end hotels seem to have better internet connection than the cheaper pousadas.

Kitesurfing in Parajuru

Kitesurfing As A Digital Nomad In Barra Nova

While most people head straight West from Fortaleza when they arrive, they skip one of the best kitesurfing spots in Brazil. Barra Nova. Only one hour south of Fortaleza and easy to reach.  

The season is a bit shorter, the wind a little less strong, but that shouldn’t hold you back. Barra Nova isn’t as discovered as other places and therefore a lot less crowded. It has a big shallow, flat water lagoon and a few smaller ones when the tides are right.

The lagoon is a river mouth which is only separated by a sand dune from the ocean. So if you want to go from freestyle to wave riding, jump from the lagoon to the ocean and your conditions are changed.

Beachfront pousadas are right at the spot and still a lot more affordable than other, more hyped, kitesurfing spots in Brazil. You will find a few restaurants and an amazing crowded to spend your kitesurfing trip with.

Wind, Weather And Kite Conditions In Barra Nova

Although the wind season is from July till February the highest changes of good stable and consistent wind are from October to December when there’s a 90% days change of wind days.

Barra Nova most of the time has an on shore / side shore wind with conditions between 15 to 35 knots. On average the wind speed will be between 18 to 28 Knots

All in all the ideal conditions for kitesurfing.

How To Get To Barra Nova

Barra Nova is only 75 km and a 1 to 1,5 hour drive from Fortaleza Airport.

Get there by taxi, bus or your own rental car, you won’t miss it.

  • Taxi or uber: Arrange a taxi through the pousada you stay in or get an uber right at the airport when you arrive.
  • Car: In case you have never heard of Google maps 😉 drive the CE-40 until Cascavel where you will have to turn left. Drive another 12 km and you will reach Barra Nova.
  • Bus: You will have to take a bus to Cascavel or a direct bus to Barra Nova, which only leaves once a day in the morning.

Wifi And Internet Connection In Barra Nova

Barra Nova is a small fisherman’s village. Although most pousadas have internet, and in general it isn’t too bad, it often depends on the amount of people that are connected to it. Bringing your own sim card to be able to hotspot your laptop will be the best backup solution.

Kitesurfing in Barra Nova

Kitesurfing As A Digital Nomad In Cumbuco

Due to its location, it’s only a 30 to 60 minute taxi ride from Fortaleza, it might be one of the most famous, well known kitesurfing spots. In my opinion it’s definitely not the best. The ocean is choppy, can be crowded and just not nice to be kiting in. In comparison to all the other spots Brazil has to offer, not worth staying if you come for kitesurfing only.

On the other hand, Cumbuco is one of the few kitesurfing places that has a lot more to offer than kitesurfing only. You can have drinks in a bar and enough restaurants to be able to eat something different every night in Cumbuco. This also means that it’s not as cheap as it used to be.

Cumbuco does have some lagoons nearby, but those are most of the time extremely overcrowded with a more tense feeling because of more advanced riders who would like to make the lagoon their own.

My advice, stay here if you have to, not because you want to 😉

Wind, Weather And Kite Conditions In Cumbuco

Like pretty much the rest of this part of the Brazilian coast, the best kitesurfing season is from July to February. Cumbuco has a consistent wind of 16 to 28 knots during those months. The wind often picks up in the later afternoon and dies after sunset.

The wind generally starts side offshore and turns side on-shore during the day.

Cumbuco doesn’t have flat water, it will always be choppy with small to medium waves. This makes it less pleasant for beginner kiters. If you want flat water you will have to go to a lagoon nearby or simply move on to one of the many other incredible kitesurfing spots.

How To Get To Cumbuco

Cumbuco is one of the easiest kite spots to reach as it’s so close to Fortaleza. It will take you maximum an hour by car and it’s easy to take an uber straight from the airport.

Wifi And Internet Connection In Cumbuco

Cumbuco is one of the places with fiberglass, not bad, considering where you are. Some hotels told me they have 50mb/s. From experience in other places in Cumbuco it still depends on the weather and the amount of people using it at the same time.

Kitesurfing in Cumbuco

Kitesurfing As A Digital Nomad In Ilha Do Gijaru

One of my favourite places, Ilha do Gijaru. Not only because of the immense lagoon (It’s the biggest lagoon in northeast Brazil), also because of the vibes in the pousadas right at the lagoon. Ilha do Guajiru is also called “the flat water sea” and the size of the lagoon is great as it can become pretty crowded in there. Luckily you have more possibilities than the lagoon. It’s perfect for a downwinder which you can take all the way to the ocean.

The main lagoon of Ilha do Gijaru is pretty flat but not accessible for kitesurfing all day. It depends a lot on tides. Just something to be aware off, as well as the underground. If you’re a beginner, it might be advices to wear some kind of shoes, just in case.

Besides the main lagoon Ilha do Gijaru has a few other spots worth checking out. Try to find out the secret spot (accessible by boat), Praia do Guajiru or go downwind from the main lagoon all the way to the ocean.

Wind, Weather And Kite Conditions In Ilha Do Gijaru

The kite season is from mid June to February with wind ranges between 18 and 38 knots. The wind in Ilha do Gijaru is very diverse. You can have days with extremely strong wind, you can have days with less strong wind or no wind at all.

Even though it’s a great spot to kitesurf, and in general there’s clean and constant wind, the wind can get pretty gusty due to the area between the lagoon and the open ocean.

How To Get To Ilha Do Gijaru

Ilha do Guajiru is located 170 km West of Fortaleza and easy to reach as the roads are in a decent condition. It will only take you up to 3 hours to get there by car. You can also take a public bus to Itarema, the next door village. It will take about double the time but will safe you a few bucks of course.

Wifi And Internet Connection In Ilha Do Gijaru

Don’t expect too much from the internet connection in Ilha do Guajiru. The internet in the high end hotels isn’t extremely bad, it isn’t good either.

Kitesurfing in Ilha Do Gijaru

Kitesurfing As A Digital Nomad In Paracuru

Paracuru is famous for its wave riding. It has no lagoons. There’s only kiting in the ocean, just like Cumbuco. The water is flat with low tight, because of the reef belt, which is quite unique. It is choppy and has great waves reaching about two meters with high tide.

Don’t come to Paracuru if you would like to party. It’s a very small, typical Brazilian town but without the liveliness of Cumbuco or Jericoacoara.

The kite beach is located outside the village, but there are a few accommodations right at the spot.

Good to know: this place is good for wave surfing as well! In case you want to switch it up a little 😉 The waves are better in December when the swell comes in and during sunset or in the early morning.

In general the waves are long and small, but fun to play around with. The best but therefor also most crowded wave surfing spot are the “fish curral”, “ronco do mar” and “pedra do meio”. They all have a point break.

Wind, Weather And Kite Conditions In Paracuru

Just like the rest of the North East coast of Brazil also Paracuru’s kite season is from July till January. The wind is very consistent and gets stronger in the afternoon with most of the time an on side wind direction.

In general the water is flat with low tide and therefor great for freestyle. It has small to medium waves with high tide for the wave riders.

How To Get To Paracuru

Paracuru is only 90 km from Fortaleza. It will take about 2 to 3 hours to get there, depending on how you decide to get there. You can reach Paracuru easily by road, as the roads are fairly good for Brazilian standards.

  • Taxi or uber: Arrange a taxi through the pousada you stay in or get an uber right at the airport when you arrive. It’s maybe not the cheapest way, it’s definitely easiest.
  • Car: If you decide to drive yourself, drive onto the CE-085. Turn right at the Paracuru roundabout. After 14 km you reach the main square of Paracuru. You can also decide to drive on the beach between if you’re coming from Cumbuco or Taiba. Just keep in mind that you will depend on tides and seasonal lagoons.
  • Bus: If you would like to take the bus it will take you about 2,5 to three hours to get there. There are six daily busses from Fortaleza to Paracuru. They only go from Fortaleza town, so if you come from the airport and insist of taking the bus, you will have to go to the main bus station in Fortaleza first.

Wifi And Internet Connection In Paracuru

Don’t expect to have the same high speed broadband as back home. Especially when there are a lot of guests in your hotel and they all use the same network at the same time. Some tend to stream videos, which isn’t ideal and makes the internet slow down a lot. Other than that the hotels mostly have the best internet packages you can get in the area, so you should be fine with doing the most necessary work.

Kitesurfing in Paracuru

Kitesurfing As A Digital Nomad In Taiba

This small town is located before you reach Jeri and is the perfect combination of kitesurfing with a bit of nightlife. It’s the place you come when kitesurfing is your priority and everything else comes second. Less nightlife and a lot less expensive. The perfect destination for a Digital Nomad kitesurfer.

Taiba has a shallow flat water lagoon with perfect conditions for beginners and freestyle riders. There’s great wave riding when you go out on the ocean. In Taiba you can be all by yourself, or with a packed growded or other kitesurfers. It’s for sure a lot less crowded than for example Cauipe.

Everyone I know who has been here agrees it’s a great place if you like kitesurfing.

Wind, Weather And Kite Conditions In Taiba

In Taiba you will find both flat water lagoons for freestyle and waves out in the ocean if you’re the wave riding kitesurfer. The wind if good from July to January with very consistent and strong wind in the afternoons.

Taiba is the perfect place to practice all different kite styles!

How To Get To Taiba

The beautiful lagoon of Taiba is only 80 km from Fortaleza. It will approximately take you around 2 hours to get there.

If you like to drive, the easiest way to get there is to take the CE-085 until the last (CE-156) of the 3 exits at Pecem/Taiba direction where you will have to turn right. For the kite spot you will have to keep going till after the village via a dirt road. The lagoon you will find even further, after a massive pousada on the top of a hill.

Unfortunately there are no direct busses from Fortaleza airport straight to Taiba. But from Fortaleza main station you can take a bus. It will take up to 3 hours to reach your destination instead of up to 2 hours by car.

Wifi And Internet Connection In Taiba

Taiba, although great for kiting it is not so great for internet. Taiba has internet and hopefully it became better in the last years but from my knowledge it’s been pretty slow. Good enough for emails of course, but streaming a live show would be slightly difficult.

Kitesurfing in Taiba

Kitesurfing As A Digital Nomad In Jericoacoara

Jericoacoara isn’t the easiest to reach, but when you finally arrived you find yourself in this little paradise on earth. Not because of the kiting, but because of the whole package Jericoacoara has to offer.

It was nothing like this 20 years ago. There was no electricity, no phones, tv’s and money was barely used. In the recent years it has transformed from a fisherman’s village into an all year long tourist hub for Brazilians vacationers, backpackers, honeymooners and kite and windsurfers. The only thing that remained are the sandy streets and the lovely people. Even though Jericoacoara became more touristy, you won’t find big hotel chains here. Brazilians would like to keep the authentic feel of Jeri the way it is.

Jeri has amazing sunsets. Together with the rest of the town which you can watch with the sun go down from the top of the famous dune. Get a drink at caipi street and enjoy a bit of nightlife culture which came along when the village transformed.

Although I don’t think kitesurfing in Jeri is the best, there are good places to go to when the wind picks up. You will always have to hire a buggy and driver to bring you to Préa, a little down south or one of the better lagoons a bit up north at Tatajuba or Guriu.

Your kitesurfing options would be

  • Préa: Kitesurfing 15 minutes south of Jeri, reachable by buggy. You can kite here in choppy and wavy water and a good place to start your downwinder to Jeri.
  • Laguna Guriú: half way between Jeri and Tatajuba you findLaguna Guriú with water as flat as glass, perfect for a freestyle session.
  • Lagoa do Paraiso: The wind is a bit gusty here but it’s very, very beautiful and worth seeing at least once.

Jericoacoara becomes more and more popular and it won’t always be easy to find accommodation, especially not in high season. Booking something in advance is highly recommendable. You don’t want to waste your time getting there without having a place to stay.

Good to know is that although restaurants and pousadas are accepting credit cards it’s still recommended to bring cash to Jericoacoara as ATMs are non existing. In case something happens when you’re kitesurfing, be aware that the closest hospital is in Sobral, which is three hours away. You will find some pharmacies, but it’s wise to bring your medication with you.

I also mention Jericoacoara in my other article about my favourite Digital Nomad spots in Brazil. Check it out if you’re looking for more information about Jericoacoara which I didn’t describe here or if you’re looking for other destinations within Brazil.

Wind And Weather Conditions In Jericoacoara

The best time to go wind or kitesurfing in Jericoacoara is from early July to February. September, October and November are the best as there will be mainly cloudless and windy days.

The mornings have an thermal wind from the northern sea which makes it possible to start kiting in the early mornings with a bigger kite. In the afternoon the average of 15 to 20 knots changes for a strong average of 25 up to 35 knots. So make sure you bring your smaller kites if you’re planning on kitesurfing in Jericoacoara.

If kitesurfing isn’t most important to you can basically be in Jericoacoara all year round as the weather in Jericoacoara is great with temperatures over 30 degrees. There will be some tropical rains from March to July, but they never take long.

How To Get To In Jericoacoara

This lovely village 330 km northwest of Fortaleza is not easy to reach. There’s no need to go there by own transport as you can’t drive your own car in Jericoacoara. There’s an area before town where everyone needs to leave their vehicle behind to continue with local transport a 4×4 buggy.

It will take about seven hours to get to Jericoacoara from Fortaleza if you’re taking a taxi.

They recently opened an airport closer to Jeri as well, so if you want to skip all the other amazing spots along the way, this could be your option.

Wifi And Internet Connection In Jericoacoara

Only in the recent years Jeri installed fiberglass, which made a huge difference to the internet connection in this town. It’s a good idea to ask your hotel about their internet connection before you book, as not every hotel uses the fiberglass, which will make you very depending on other spots to work from. There are plenty of cafes where you will see people working from in Jericoacoara and although there’s no co-working space, there’s a small internet center where the internet tends to be a bit better.

Kitesurfing in Jericoacoara

Kitesurfing As A Digital Nomad In Barra Grande

My personal favourite of all, Barra Grande. Barra Grande in Piaui. Don’t be confused as there are two cities in Brazil called Barra Grande, just in different states. Being 250 km west of Jericoacoara it takes a while to get there, but it’s worth it and a must to visit if you’re a kitesurfer lover like I am. Due to its location this small charming village with sandy streets still has his authentic feel to it.

Barra Grande has great stable and constant wind all day long. A bit lighter in the morning and pumping in the afternoon. Right in front of Barra Grande main beach is the ocean with shallow flat water on low tide and a bit more choppy water with high tide. A big open ocean with plenty of space for every kitesurfer to enjoy without being in the way of others.

When you want to escape the chops you can kite downwind for only 2 km where you will have a great flat water lagoon. And if you’re too tired to kite back upwind after your session, you will be able to go back with a donkey ride.

When you’re back from your kite session and the wind is at its strongest, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset from the beach with a drink in your hand. You will most likely see one of the Brazilian champions doing amazing Big Air jumps right in front of you.

Wind, Weather And Kite Conditions In Barra Grande

Like most of the North East Coast of Brazil the kite season is from July till February. Barra Grande has a bit stronger wind than the rest of the places with an average between 20 and 30 knots. Occasionally you will have even more than that. The wind direction is side shore and there’s a pretty much 100% guarantee wind in September, October and November.

The weather is good all year round with temperature between 28˚C and 35˚C. This means kiting in your bikini and shorts is possible because of the always warm waters. I can’t wait to kite without a wetsuit again!

The combination of flat water and the ocean with waves makes this place ideal for every level of kitesurfer.

How To Get To Barra Grande

Although you can go to Barre Grande straight from Fortaleza you will miss out on a lot of other amazing spots along the way. I would always suggest to see as many spots as possible. If you decide to go straight it will take you about 5 to 6 hours to get there as it’s around 450 km from Fortaleza.

  • Car: Head on to the BR 402 (Parnaíba – Chaval) in West direction and follow the road until you reach Barra Grande. Close to Camurupim take the entrance to Barra Grande and Cajueiro da Praia.
  • Bus: If you would like to take the bus it will take you about 9 to 10 hours to get there. So that’s a bit of a trip. You will have to take a bus to Parnaiba. From there you can take daily busses, several times a day, except Sundays. The busses departure from Parnaiba leave in front of Fontenele agency, right in the center. You won’t miss it!

Wifi And Internet Connection In Barra Grande

Luckily most hostels in Barra Grande have radiators for when electricity disappears, as that is what happens sometimes in rural areas in Brazil. I’ve had job interviews through Skype with video in Barra Grande, but I made sure this was done in the early morning when no one was awake. So this will be the best time to go online if you need to get some serious work done.

Kitesurfing in Barra Grande

Kitesurfing As A Digital Nomad In Atins

Safe the best for last I would say. If you have the change, go and check out Lençois Maranhenses. The largest national parks of dunes and lagoons in Brazil.

It’s a bit of a trip and you have to be there in the right season and need the right tides for it to have enough water, but be ready to kite in paradise. Kite between white sand dunes on one of the many flat water pools. Kitesurfing here will blow your mind!

In Atins you will be able to enjoy a simple life with perfect kitesurfing in the most authentic village with sandy streets and coconut trees everywhere. Although the town doesn’t have any paved roads, there are luckily a handful of restaurants. If you know how Jericoacoara was twenty years ago, and this is what you would be looking for, Atins will take your breath away.

Good to know: Atins doesn’t have any ATMs and it won’t be possible to pay with credit card either so take enough cash with you.

Wind, Weather And Kite Conditions In Atins

Forget about all other spots in Brazil, maybe even in the world. If you really want good kitesurf conditions, Atins it is! The season is a bit shorter than others, from July to December with winds between 15 to 30 knots.

Atins, named as one of the Top 4 Kiteboarding flatwater spots in the world, is ideal for all levels as you will find plenty of flat warm water in the river delta, shallow flat lagoons in the dunes and choppy waves at the open sea.

In general you will be kitesurfing in our shorts with smaller kites in Atins.

How To Get To Atins

There are two ways to get from Fortaleza to Atins, fly or drive.

The drive will take you about 8 hours if you take the Rota das Emoções with a 4×4. This is mostly done when you want to enjoy other kitesurfing spots along the Brazilian North-East coast. Although the first bit can be done by 4×4, in In Caburé, you will have to take a boat to Atins, which is on the other side of the river.

If you would like to go by plane you have to fly into São Luis Marechal Cunha Machado. From here you can take a minibus or taxi to Barrerinhas. This will take about 4 hours and another hour by boat to reach Atins.

Public transport will be possible too, but will take you a lot, lot longer. I would not recommend trying to do this trip by public transport.

Wifi And Internet Connection In Atins

Although Atins is an absolute must if you want to go kitesurfing in paradise, phone and internet connection is extremely limited. So use Atins as a vacation trip, not to be as a Digital Nomad. You will only get frustrated by it and it will spoil your time which you should rather just enjoy.

Kitesurfing As A Digital Nomad In Brazil, Maybe Not Ideal, Still Totally Worth It!

Kitesurfing as an entrepreneur is great. If you have to rely heavily on internet for your business, maybe you will have to pick a kitesurfing spot with some better connections than the kitesurfing spots on the North East Coast of Brazil. Although it’s important to enjoy life. There’s a reason you started working remotely, keep that in mind!

You have any questions or comments, let me know, I’m happy to answer them 🙂

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