Taíba – Brazil at its best

Taíba is on the North East coast of Brazil (Province of Ceará), just south of the equator and only 1.5 hours by car from the airport at Fortaleza (direct flights e.g. from Amsterdam, Lisbon and London). This genuine fishing village is a long way from any mass tourism, an unspoiled surfers' paradise.
As well as ideal conditions for kiting, windsurfing and surfing, Taíba has even more to offer. In the original local Indian language Taíba means "small village", but Taíba is so much more than that: T+A+I+B+A.

Tropical paradise

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The Bay of Taíba is a picture postcard location. The winding main street, high sand dunes stretching for miles and small lakes and lagoons complete this perfect picture. At 3° from the equator you would expect to find a tropical paradise, but Taíba is greener than neighbouring villages like Cumbuco and also offers more local colour. "A smaller version of Jericoacoara" one might say, but with no "city marketing" and much more accessible, one and a half hours from Fortaleza rather than five!
It is not by chance that the rich & famous of Fortaleza have their weekend houses in Taíba. What we call chilling is known here as tranquilo. They are on their large estates and tend to hide their wealth rather than showing it off, but they are here. The French have sometimes called it the Brazilian St Tropez, but don't worry: the style is not similar at all.

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Authentic fishing village

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Time has stood still in Taíba. It is reminiscent of Europe in the 1950s, but a tropical version of course. People here live close to their unspoiled natural environment. They have plenty of time, but don't wear watches – you can check the time by looking at the sun! Times and distances are relative here: the 65 km journey from Fortaleza takes 1.5 hours. It really does take that long.
There may not be many cars on the road, but there are plenty of wild cows and horses… and surfers carrying their boards. Looking out to sea and on the beach you will see small jangada fishing boats. Later you will look down at your plate and see their delicious fresh fish and seafood.
Taíba is almost always quiet. Only at Carnival time everyone lets their hair down and they literally pile into this charming little village. It is hard to imagine, but there are even traffic jams and parking problems!

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Impressive cuisine

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Taíba is the culinary capital of the region, and it is known among connoisseurs for its annual fine dining festival Festa do escargot e frutos do mar in late August. At that time of year the market square is full of stalls selling a huge range of delicacies, under the watchful eye of master chef and artist André Ligeon from acclaimed restaurant Chez André. This is not a place where you order pasta, but you can sit down to the cheapest Michelin quality in the world.
Foodies can party every day in Taíba: start your day with a breakfast of fresh pineapple, mango and the purple Amazonian superfruit açai, enjoy fresh fish at midday and in the evening choose finest filet mignon or picanha from the churrasqueira (Brazilian barbecue). Unless of course you prefer shrimps and lobster. They are half as expensive and twice as delicious as the ones at home! Plenty to choose from, have a look at the Yum page.

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Beach life

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At Beach Break Brasil you are living right on the beach. The high water mark is less than 10 m from your own private beach, with beach volleyball/beach tennis, a jacuzzi, a Brasilazy beach bed and a barbecue. At low water the beach outside your door is 30 m wide and 5 km long. Morro do Chapéu is the southernmost beach in Taíba, a real surfing village with good vibes. Typical Brazil: you drive your 4x4 or buggy onto the beach and just park it at the water's edge. So look out when you cross the beach… Some people come on horseback. Oceans of space.

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Adrenaline

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Taíba has been the best-known surf spot in the Fortaleza area for many years. This is one of the few places where you will always see surfers on the water, thanks to the perfect point break. There is a surf shop in the village centre which repairs and hires out boards.
Kite surfers are also attracted by the waves and the flat water lagoon near the village, not to mention the almost mythical downwinder Pecem-Paracuru or beyond. In Taíba you are right next to a world-class aquapark.

Thanks to the unusual sea floor there are always waves. The wind is guaranteed due to the location just south of the equator (the "trade wind" is caused by the temperature difference between the equator and the poles and the curvature of the Earth) and the rapidly heating sand dunes behind Taíba (thermal wind). You have to add the thermal wind to the wind speeds predicted by Windfinder and Windguru.

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From June to January you get 15 to 25 knots all day long (up to 100% wind reliability), and even in the rainy season (March to May) you can kitesurf several times a week (wind reliability up to 65%). Taíba has a real wind microclimate. That is obvious from the number of wind turbines that are springing up here. Research has shown that you get a few knots more here than in Cumbuco, for example, and Morro do Chapéu beach is the best of all (unfortunately Windfinder and Windguru don't take that into account, they give the same figures everywhere). It is true that you will have stronger winds further north, particularly near the windsurfing mecca of Jericoacoara, but they are usually not so stable as here.

Many professional kiters who know the whole Ceará coast like the back of their hand confirm that little Taíba has the best combination of all: wave riding in the back garden of Beach Break Brasil, freestyling on the mirror-smooth lagoon, endless downwinders and that magical secret spot on the reef...
More about this on the Wind & waves page.

          

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