Budget Travel Ideas in Fortaleza

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Accommodations for the Right Price

Aside from being an absolutely gorgeous place, Fortaleza has an abundance of accommodations for the budget traveler. Hostels are one of these fabulous options. People traveling alone or in groups should consider staying in a hostel. Sharing a room and a bathroom with other travelers is commonly involved when staying in a hostel. Kitchen and laundry services are some benefits to this choice of accommodation. Backpacker's Ceara Hostel is a wonderful example of a hostel in Fortaleza. It is close to several bars, restaurants, and shopping. English is spoken and nightly rates are only about $11. You'll have to give-up some privacy, but your wallet will be thankful.

If you would like something more private yet still affordable, then Agua Marinha Hotel is a nice option. For roughly $90 a night, travelers will feel at ease with a pleasant staff and great location near Icarema Beach. Rooms are modest, but amenities of air conditioning, cable TV, and a pool really help make-up for the lack of decor. This hotel would be great for families and senior travelers.

Beach Budget

Fortaleza beaches are great attractions for the traveler on a budget. Sunbathing or swimming will cost virtually nothing. Meireles Beach is bustling with vendors selling traditional South American street foods. There are also many shops and restaurants. Some vendors take advantage of tourists and overcharge them greatly, so look for the best-priced option when buying a snack or gift. This is a great place to people-watch or gaze at the sun glistening against the ocean. The best beach for swimming is Praia do Futuro. Surfing is also a popular sport at this beach. Rustic beach restaurants are scattered about and locals are frequent visitors to Praia do Futuro. This beach is less crowded than others in Fortaleza. Enjoy the serenity here, but remember your safety.


The English Bridge, also known as the Metal Bridge, is an interesting place to see while in Fortaleza. When the bridge was first constructed it was intended to be used as a loading spot for passengers and cargo. Today the bridge is a photographer's dream. The surrounding ocean and city provide the ideal photographic subjects. The unique combination of a wooden and metal structure also adds to the exciting aspects of this Fortaleza attraction. Be on the look-out for dolphins that frequently swim around the bridge. Try to plan your visit to the bridge near sunset because Fortaleza doesn't get much more beautiful than in the evening. There is no admission to visit the English Bridge.

Fortaleza is a lively Brazilian city that welcomes the budget traveler. Even if you don't have a lot of money to spend while visiting Fortaleza, you can still have a fulfilling and enjoyable vacation.


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