Family Travel Ideas in Fortaleza

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With sunny beaches, lots of water sports and plenty of family-friendly hotels, Fortaleza is a popular holiday spot among Brazilian families. While international visitors tend to overlook Fortaleza in favour of more celebrated cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis, competitive prices and year-round sunshine make this north eastern city a good bet for families looking for a Brazilian beach break that won't blow the budget sky high. The city itself is well equipped with cinemas, museums and shopping centers. and the newly-opened Dragon Arts and Cultural center is a great rainy day option, with a planetarium, theater and hands-on exhibits.

Family Beach Breaks in Fortaleza

Most families heading to Fortaleza will head straight for the city's beaches, and with good reason. There are plenty to choose from in and around the city itself, and most are well-equipped to meet the needs of even the youngest of travelers or the surliest of teenagers. Snorkeling, sailing, fishing and windsurfing are all options at busy beaches such as Praia do Futuro, Miereles and Iracema, where tour guides are on hand to arrange lessons and trips. There are plenty of large-scale resort hotels at these popular beaches, most of which are geared towards the needs of family visitors.

Life's a Beach

Beach vendors are always on hand to sell soft drinks and chilled coconut water as well as cold beers, so nobody need go thirsty in the baking heat. Snacks are also readily available - be wary of the grilled shrimp, but all ages will love the tasty white cheese that is grilled to order in front of hungry sunbathers as they top up their tans. Young children can enjoy simple pleasures such as sandcastle making, while beach 'futebol' (football/soccer) and volleyball are popular with older children and teens. Brazilians always welcome sports challenges from foreign visitors, so it's fine to ask to join in with a game. Families should keep an eye out for locals practicing Capoeira - a combination of dance and martial arts that will impress all ages.

Exploring the Coast

Fortaleza's location on the coast of Ceara makes it the ideal base for exploring the beautiful unspoilt beaches that dot this beautiful part of Brazil. Tour companies run regular excursions - by bus, boat or a combination of the two - to surrounding islands. fishing villages and quiet beaches, and families who like the outdoor life can spend a night or two camping in some truly remote spots. Those looking for activities with a little more of an adrenaline kick should head for Praia Porto das Dunas, which is famous for its buggy tours of the enormous sand dunes that tower over the beach. This family-friendly spot, which lies around 30 kilometers from Fortaleza, also boasts Beach Park - the largest water sports park in South America. Popular with all ages, this vast development features not only pools and waterslides but also sports pitches, amusement arcades and plenty of family-friendly restaurants.
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