found on the northeast of Fortaleza offers us one of the best kite wave spots in Brazil. The wind conditions, waves and flat water are seriously unbeatable and this is why today, Paracuru is a definite stop on a kitesurfer’s tour of the world.
Having been around a while, the village itself is bustling with locals and passersby and is fully equipped with all of the necessities for a comfortable and unforgettable experience.
High season – July – January ➔ 18 kn – 30 kn
Probability of wind – 95%
Low season – February – June ➔ 10 kn – 18 kn
Probability of wind – 55%
Men (take 2 sizes)
8 & 10 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 spots where you can kitesurf in Paracuru:
Quebramar: Quebramar lies east of Paracuru, about 5 – 10 minutes drive. In this spot there is a beach bar / restaurant called Quebramar, a perfect spot to rest and watch all the kite action right in front of you.
JThis specific spot attracts packs and packs of kitesurfers annually. Both on the left and right of this spot you’ll find a number of reefs that surface on low tide, and just 100 metres from the shoreline another reef around 1m high which, similarly, during low tide appears.
It’s thanks to these reefs that this spot boasts one of the best flat water and wave combinations in the whole of Brazil. Between these reefs an amazing lagoon forms on low and medium tide perfectly flat and ideal for freestylers and also for beginners to build confidence. For wave lovers there is a reef break that creates waves of about 1 to 1.5 metres.
With a high tide the lagoon can get pretty choppy and the reef forms a small beach break 200m from the shore building waves of 2 to 3 metres, possibly even bigger depending on the swell. This spot is truly awesome for those kiters who love to ride waves.
Curu River Mouth: This is a great flat water spot when there is a high tide and the wind pumps constantly in the open sea however the minute you enter the river the wind becomes gusty. The spot is surrounded by a long white sanded beach with not a single rock or reef in sight. Kitesurfing here is restricted to certain times in the day so it’s always best to ask a local for advice.
Downwind to Lagoinha: This beautiful downwind begins on the leeward side of Paracuru and take you along some of the widest and bluest beaches surrounded by dunes. Upon arrival to Lagoinha, you’ll find a rocky area around the point of the bay which you would have to go around to be able to arrive at the final spot on Lagoinha’s main beach.
The wind in Paracuru pumps between August and the beginning of February with 100% guaranteed wind from mid September to mid December. The direction of the wind is nearly always side on shore.
Weather wise, temperatures range between 25˚C and 35˚C. Water temperature is always warm and between 26˚C and 28˚C.
Paracuru is a considerably bigger village compared to other spots found along the northeast of Brazil with quite a lot going on during day and night. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from both international and local . We recommend doing as the locals do here, grab a beer and order the fresh fish of the day in one of the many restaurants around the main square where everyone gathers in the early evening.
Aside from the kitesurfing, Paracuru also offers some sick surf spots too – as it has been visited by many local and national surf competitions. So if the wind ever dies down (highly unlikely!) grab a board and go ride some waves!
- Spot for beginner kiters 100% 100%
- Spot for experienced kiters 100% 100%
- Freeride 100% 100%
- Kitewave 100% 100%
- Freestyle 70% 70%
Downwinds passing by Paracuru
Kitesurfing trips to Paracuru
Paracuru - 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
To get to Paracuru you would have to fly to the International Airport of Fortaleza and from there journey is very quick and simple. It takes around 1 hour by car from Fortaleza on a national road that is in good condition and well sign posted.
We can organise the whole journey so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.
The Brazilian currency is called Brazilian Real (R$) and we advise you to check the exchange rates when exchanging your money.
Food & Drinks
Paracuru village is somewhat bigger than most of the other villages around the other spots which gives to a wide selection of food both local and international.
The restaurant Quebramar which is located at the kitespot itself has delicious fresh fish and seafood everyday from prawns to lobster to grilled fish and great caipirinhas to drink until the sun goes down.
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.