Brazil is one of the best kiteboarding destinations in the world. With so many places to choose from, I guarantee you’ll have the best experience. You don’t need to check the wind forecast, it’s windy every day! Whether you’re just starting or you’re an advanced kiteboarder wanting to improve your riding, Brazil offers it all.
What makes Brazil so Perfect
The variety of spots, conditions and amazing wind make Brazil the perfect kiteboarding destination. Find butter flat conditions in the many lagoons, fun waves with powerful wind and an amazing community of kiteboarders and friendly locals. You can leave your big kites at home because the wind is strong in Brazil. The further west you go the stronger the wind becomes. The wind is lighter and less consistent in the south.
Going kitesurfing in Brazil is a lifetime experience. Each year the best riders of the planet go to Brazil to train thanks to it’s long cost stroked by the constant trade winds. The coast is so long and varied that you’ll find what you’re looking for, from freestyle to big air, from freeride to wave riding.
Here is some basic information you will need to wrap your head around before planning your trip. Don’t forget that this article is written solely for the purpose of a kiting trip to Brazil!
Skill: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Wind: Moderate, Strong
Spot conditions: Shallow, Flat, Small waves, Big waves, Choppy
Suitable for: Family, Solo traveler, Group, Couple
Ambience: Wilderness, Relaxed, Lively Bars, Parties & Clubs
Pros and Cons
+ Amazing variety of flat water and wave spots
+ You can practise all kitesurf disciplines
+ Strong, reliable winds
+ You can let you wetsuite at home
+ Downwind, is a kite trip to do at least once in your lifetime
– Not many other activities
– Can be expensive in peak season
Infrastructure in Brazil
Most kite spots in Brazil are in small, secluded fishing villages. The towns are small you are able to find supermarkets, restaurants with sea food, or you could find local BBQ stands as a cheaper dining option.
In my opinion the best choice are the sea food dishes. Here we have many options like schrimp, lobster and many kinds of fish.
Our official language is portuguese , but the local dialact in the north is even more difficult to understand compared to to south of Brazil. But do not be worried, the people are nice and if you speak spanish you can communicate with them.
Usually you will find some hotels/pousadas and restaurants with owners that speaks english too.
It depends on the villages but normally you can find a good wifi (not broadband connection)in the hotels.
Here in Icaraizinho de Amontada you should buy a chip from VIVO operator to have mobile connection. It’s easy to find “Pré-pago chip”, it’s a chip that you could recharge with money to have local calls and internet connection.
Credit card and ATM ?
This is a big problem in the brazilian north east. There are not a lot of bank where you can withdraw money and most of them has a small withdrawal limit (be careful to chose Real and not Euro otherwise you are going to pay an higher fee). It’s highly possible that you are gonna be run out of cash so it’s better to pay with credit card in hotels and restaurants. For sure you can find ATM in Fortaleza but as son as you head north it’s going to be easy to find one. In most part of the small villages you are not going to find any ATM.
Here in Icaraí de Amontada, you could find 2 places to exchange money with extra tax.
So be ready to have enough cash when you leave Fortaleza.
Accommodations in Brazil
You will find nice hotels and kite villages all along the coast though staying in a pousada (a typical Brazilian guest house) which often offers local cuisine as well. Additional beachfront accommodations can be found all along the coast including hostels and beach houses. Whether you are along, a couple or a group there is suitable accommodation options for you.
We are organizing a new post with some nice places that our guests usually book in other spots.
Food in Brazil
Brazilian food is generally pretty heavy. They love to eat meat.
Açaí bowls was probably my favorite dish, I would eat it every morning for breakfast and sometimes again at lunch. It’s basically a superfood that you blend with bananas, top it with granola, fruits and honey. It’s very filling and fresh. If you like tropical fruits, mangos and coconut are delicious and super refreshing! Aside of eating tons of smoothies and fruits, I ate a lot of rice, beans and chicken.
If you’re eating out and want to have a drink, make sure to try a Caipirinhas. It’s a Brazilian cocktail that is made with a mix of limes, crushed ice and cachaca. It’s simple but amazingly good! You would be missing out if you didn’t.
Travel, Nightlife and Other Activities
Brazil is the perfect place to wind down, enjoy nature and kiteboard everyday! Other activities include sandboarding, yoga, SUP, buggy tours, surfing or relaxing on the beach. If you are looking for a party, Jericoacoara is the place to be!
The best kitesurf spots in Brazil
Icaraizinho (‘little Icaraí do Amontada’)’s six kilometres (3.7 miles) of beach receive almost perfect kiting conditions that, coupled with the peace and emptiness of the area, attract riders who want to get out on the waves by day and take it truly easy in the evenings. The wind blows up to 30 knots, getting stronger and more blustery in the afternoons. There are flat areas to the south and plenty of bumps and jumps heading north, as well as lesser-known beaches to be discovered.
Kite and windsurfers have had a hand in putting Jericoacoara on the map and helping it become the tourist hub it is today – until the 1980s it was a undisturbed fishing hamlet. These days backpackers and honeymooners, as well as surfers and boarders arrive year-round. The kiting on Jeri’s own beach has its limitations and can be busy with others on the water. Preá, however is just 15km (9.3 miles) down the coast. The beach there offers some of the country’s best kitesurfing, as well a large school.
Barra Grande in Piauí (not Bahia) is an emerging kiting destination. As it is 250km (155 miles) west of Jericoacoara (which is challenging enough to get to in its own right), reaching this sleepy town takes time and effort. For serious kiters, however, it is worth it. The conditions – a constant wind of 18-28 knots, soft sand beaches and seawater lagoons – give good kiting for beginners as well as enough to entertain the pros too.
São Miguel do Gostoso
From November to January, the water off São Miguel do Gostoso in Rio Grande do Norte is thick with kitesurfers. The laid-back little town is rustic though well-connected and has four main beaches that all offer something different. The main bay is flat and sandy, with clear shallows at low tide. Others have plenty of wave-riding and jump opportunities in the peak season.
On top of a well-deserved reputation as a top kiting resort, Cumbuco also has convenience in its favour. A mere 30 minutes from Fortaleza, you can hop off an international flight and be on the beach in no time at all. The infrastructure around is well developed and its a social place so expect plenty of fellow kiters, kit shops, course and schools, as well as permanently blowing wind and idyllic sea lagoons.
Cumbuco is also a really popular kiting spot. Very similar to Taiba but even more crowded. It’s approximately 25 mins car ride from Taiba. Again, you have both options to kite the lagoon or the ocean waves. There are a couple bars and restaurants around where you can enjoy some freshly caught fish and of course some local drinks. Looking for lessons? Cumbuco has a kite school with IKO certified instructors.
For the wave junkies, Taiba is the place to go. It is another small fishing village on the coast north of Fortaleza with waves that reach up to two metres (6.6 feet) high. Serious boarders flock to the bay to practice their tricks, while flat-water riders head to the lagoon. It is less well known than other spots so tends to be less crowded as well as postcard perfect.
On one side you can find the ocean and on the other side you can ride the lagoon. On the oceanside you can find big waves and closeout beach break during high tide or medium sized waves during low tide. You can kitesurf from the end of the bay (named Taibinha) and downwind for 4km jump off your board walk across and ride the lagoon. The lagoon is the perfect spot to ride flat shallow water and learn new freestyle tricks. If you want to watch the pros, Taiba’s Lagoon is where you will find some of the best kiteboarders in the world. You can’t miss them they all hangout at the tip of the lagoon and they go hard. This spot is also really good to take lessons and learn how to kite as it’s super shallow and ideal when learning. The only downside to this spot is that from October-November it gets very crowded, so if you’re not intermediate to advanced rider you might feel intimidated and uncomfortable.
Feel like doing a downwinder? You can start in Taiba and make your way downwind to Paracuru. It should take you about 2-3 hours depending on your level. Paracuru is a small beach town with lots of restaurants, bars, pousadas located about 10 mins from the village. It has everything you need if you need from lessons, rentals, kite trips, repairs, shops etc. You can get there either kiting or driving your buggy during low tide. The beach is super long and wide which gives kiteboarders plenty space to set up. The best conditions are at low tide with flat water inside the reef.