a picturesque fishing village just half an hour away from Fortaleza. Cumbuco was probably one of the first spots along Ceara to have been discovered by kiters because of its strong constant winds, its coconut fringed beaches and its famous lagoons which has made Cumbuco one of the most popular training grounds for kitesurfer from all over the world. Consequently, it has become quite the cosmopolitan, funky town full of little bars, restaurants and stylish posadas that attract both locals and Europeans alike making for a very sociable and fun stay.
High season – July – January ➔ 18 kn – 32 kn
Probability of wind – 95%
Low season – February – June ➔ 10 kn – 18 kn
Probability of wind – 55%
Men (take 2 sizes)
8 & 11 depending on weight
Women (take 2 sizes)
6 & 9 depending on weight
28˚C – 38˚C all year round
26˚C – 28˚C all year round
These are the different spots where you can kitesurf around Cumbuco:
Praia de Cumbuco: Cumbuco beach is 4km of white sand lined with coconut trees which on low tide becomes a wide stretch off beach and on high tide a fairly narrow stretch. Being so close to Fortaleza, Cumbuco fills up with swimmers and kitesurfers on the weekends and in high season, meaning you always have to be alert and aware of what’s around you.
Sea conditions are a little choppy but there are flat water zones with tiny waves around sandbanks on low tide. As the tide rises, waves get stronger and bigger and waters become even choppier. The more leeward, the bigger the waves.
Lagoa de Caiupe: This lagoon can be found 7km outside of Cumbuco village and right next to the sea, where a very narrow sandbank separates the two. Here the water is perfectly flat, ideal for those who want to learn how to kite and for those freestylers looking for a playground. In season, you’ll be sure to spot a number of pro’s flying around here. We recommend getting an early start because come midday, the lagoon starts to fill up pretty quickly.
Another option would be to do a downwind until the Lagoa de Cauipe, riding waves along the way and then spending the rest of the day kiting the lagoon. There are many awesome chill-out spots surrounding the lagoon where you can grab a beer or a bite to eat whilst watching pro’s in action.
The wind in Cumbuco picks up in July and lasts until the end of January, but undoubtedly the best months are from August to December. During these months you’re guaranteed constant wind between 16 – 28 knots with peaks of 30 practically 100% of the time. Typically you’ll find the wind is side off shore during the morning, then from 11am onwards side on shore. Winds tend to be stronger in the morning and during the early hours of the afternoon until 15:00 after which it very gradually dies down until sunset.
Temperatures in Cumbuco range between 26˚C – 35˚C during the year with warm waters, which never reach below 27˚C.
Cumbuco is well known for it’s “ponds” one of which is especially worth mentioning. It is referred to as the Pernamirim pond, which is hidden amongst the vast sand dunes. This is a trip worth doing for sure – take a scenic buggy ride there and spend an afternoon practising how to “skibunda” gliding down dunes on wooden boards and dipping into the cool fresh water of the pond.
If you haven’t had enough of the sea already there are awesome raft rides, which take you along the coast of Cumbuco and beyond venturing out to the stunning neighbouring palm-fringed beaches like Coquieros and Tabuba.
- Spot for beginner kiters 100% 100%
- Spot for experienced kiters 100% 100%
- Freeride 100% 100%
- Kitewave 85% 85%
- Freestyle 100% 100%
Kite Safaris passing by Cumbuco
Kitesurfing trips to Cumbuco
Cumbuco - CE
Requirements to enter the country
To enter the country you will need a valid passport for at least six months from the date of entry. You will be permitted a tourist visa valid for up to 90 days which is obtained at the airport of your arrival. During the flight you will be handed an Arrival Card; a piece of paper that you receive upon arrival that must be filled in, authorizing your stay for a certain period. You must keep this document with you during your stay in Brazil as it must be handed in at customs on the day of your departure.
We advise you to contact the embassy of or consulate of your home country should you be in doubt about the requirements necessary to enter Brazil.
How to get there
Cumbuco is possibly one of the easiest kite spots to reach with it being so close to Fortaleza. To get there you would fly to Fortaleza and travel around half an hour by car to Cumbuco.
Don’t worry about it, we can organise the whole thing.
The Brazilian currency is called Brazilian Real (R$) and we advise you to check the exchange rates when exchanging your money.
Food & Drinks
Due to the high influx of tourists that visit Cumbuco every year and those who have made Cumbuco their home away from home you can find any type of restaurant under the sun here. From local dishes to Italian, Japanese, Korean, American etc… there’s something for everyone.
Internet Connection & Plugs
Every pousada that we work with offers a high speed wifi connection. The plugs have a two pin and fit into a type N socket (same as plugs used in most of Europe).
Vaccines & Medicines
In this region of the northeast of Brazil one does not need to be vaccinated, but we would advise you to consult your doctor to inform yourself about vaccinations should you decide to visit other parts of Brazil during your stay.
At the same time we advise you to bring a small First Aid Kit for convenience as it can be very difficult to find medicine especially in the more rural locations.