Jericoacoara on Ceara’s West Coast in Brazil promises warm sand between your toes as you enjoy pristine beaches where you can lie back and enjoy the sunshine, fish or play.
This small fishing village only hooked up to electricity about 20 years ago, and now it is a mecca of windsurfing and kitesurfing that’s held on to that element of the simple life and where many end up staying longer than they had originally planned.
Escape from the Modern World
If you’re looking for a destination that takes you away from it all, Jericoacoara takes you away from deadlines, traffic jams, and and other obligations and carries you to a place where the streets are paved with sand.
Until 20 years ago, Jericoacoara had no phones, no televisions, no newspaper, and money was rarely used. Even though they have modernized some, it remains a step away from the hectic lives most of us live each day.
This is one destination that won’t have you hunting for the beach because the sands of these pristine beaches stretch for as far as the eye can see. The breathtaking scenery includes marries and palm trees swaying in the wind and steps have been taken to keep it that way.
Since 1984, the area around Jericoacoara was declared an Environmental Protection Area (APA) and it has been declared a National park since 2002. This resulted in building restrictions and tourism controls that have helped preserve this oasis and yet allow it to provide hot showers, air conditioning, and other things we tend to take for granted.
But they’ve still held on to their original charm; street lights are still a no-no.
Money rarely exchanged hands 20 years ago, but today local currency (Reais R$) is the best thing to carry when visiting Jericoacoara. Cash can be exchanged or withdrawn from an ATM at the airport or in Fortaleza, but in Jericoacoara the Postal Bank has a daily limit for withdrawal.
Other than that there are no ATMs, and while it is possible to exchange money, the exchange rate on Jericoacoara is not as good as what you will find in Fortaleza.
When visiting Jericoacoara, anytime of the year is good weather wise. The weather varies very little, with a little more wind and sunshine from July through February, and more rain from February through June, but even then the rains usually clear up and let you enjoy the rest of the day.
So when planning to visit Jericoacoara be sure to pack your SPF 30+, a sun hat, sun glasses, and insect repellent, and get ready to have fun in the sun.
Photo credits: BSBcty