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Fortaleza

Enjoy a popular Brazilian beach destination that offers warm sea and water sports, a thrilling nightlife and an engaging cultural scene.

Fortaleza is one of the most popular beach destinations in Brazil. The country’s fifth-largest city and capital of the state of Ceará has more than 13 miles (20 kilometers) of white-sand coastline. With surfing, Jet skiing, beach clubs and children’s playgrounds, Fortaleza offers plenty of reasons to spend long days by the sea. The beach isn’t Fortaleza’s only attraction; this lively city offers nightlife, museums and theaters.

Beach lovers have much to choose from. Praia do Futuro is a 4.5-mile (7-kilometer) stretch popular with swimmers and surfers. Try sand skiing down the dunes of Iguape Beach. Iracema Beach is a wide strip with the city’s largest concentration of beach bars and restaurants.

Behind the coastline is a city center of high-rise office blocks, apartments and shopping malls. Search for the remaining traces of Fortaleza’s early history. Visit the 17th-century Portuguese Forte de Nossa Senhora da Assunção after which the city took its name. Stop at the Museu do Ceará to inspect some of the thousands of artifacts that shed light on the area's history and anthropology.

Fortaleza’s nightlife is easy to find, either in the downtown area or along the beaches. Reserve seats for a play or concert at the Theatro José de Alencar. Sip on a designer cocktail at one of the open-air bars at Dragão do Mar cultural center in the Praia de Iracema area. Linger for dancing in one of the nightclubs or head back to the beach at Praia du Futuro to listen to late-night live music.

Fortaleza’s cultural and coastal attractions can be enjoyed year-round. The state of Ceará is a few degrees south of the equator and is almost always hot. To get to Fortaleza, fly into Aeroporto Internacional Pinto Martins, 4 miles (6 kilometers) south of the downtown area. Fortaleza can also be reached by bus and car from other major Brazilian cities but the distances are long. Rio de Janeiro is 1,615 miles (2,600 kilometers) south of the city.

Top Hotels in Fortaleza

Hotel Litoral Fortaleza
Hotel Litoral Fortaleza
3 out of 5
Rua Comendador Francisco de Francesco, Di ângelo, 130, Fortaleza, CE
The price is CA $27 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Praia do Futuro I, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Praia do Vizinho and Praia do Futuro. RioMar Shopping Mall and Beira Mar are also within ...

3.7/5Good! (44 reviews)
Não gostei muito fraco.

"Hotel muito velho, necessitando de uma reforma urgente, o quarto em que fiquei era muito mais muito pequeno um banheiro super pequeno, a condensadora do ar condicionado e era na parede do quando onde tinha uma entrada de ar então quando ligava o ar era um barulho que não dava para ficar com o ar ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 5, 2019

Hotel Litoral Fortaleza
Comfort Hotel Fortaleza
Comfort Hotel Fortaleza
3 out of 5
Rua Frei Mansueto 160, Fortaleza, CE
The price is CA $46 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 14

Located in Meireles, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beira Mar and Monsignor Tabosa Avenue. Iracema Beach and Praia do Futuro are also within 3 mi (5 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (414 reviews)

"Top location"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2020

Comfort Hotel Fortaleza
Ara Mar Praia Hotel
Ara Mar Praia Hotel
3 out of 5
Av. Historiador Raimundo Girão, 430, Praia de Iracema, Fortaleza, CE
The price is CA $25 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in Praia de Iracema, this hotel is steps away from Beira Mar and Iracema Beach. Meireles Beach and Dragao do Mar Art and Culture Center are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (70 reviews)

"Like all will recommend will stay again in the future"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 30, 2019

Ara Mar Praia Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Fortaleza

Golf Ville (Brisa do Golf)
Golf Ville (Brisa do Golf)
3 out of 5
Av. Oceano Índico 255, Porto das Duna, Aquiraz
The price is CA $101 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Nestled on the beach, this Porto das Dunas condominium resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Praia do Japao, Beach Park Water Park and Porto das Dunas Beach. Aquiraz ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (26 reviews)

"Excelente apartamento, mas o Golf Ville estava em reforma em parte das piscinas. Faltam mais brinquedos para crianças."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 30, 2019

Golf Ville (Brisa do Golf)
Iracema Flat
Iracema Flat
3 out of 5
Av. Beira Mar, 4050, Fortaleza, CE
The price is CA $49 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Offering direct access to the beach, this Mucuripe aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hospital Monte Klinikum, Fortaleza Port and Monsignor Tabosa Avenue. Praia ...

3.5/5Good! (209 reviews)

"Nice location and good add-ons like free parking space. Apartment very tired and with limited air-con capacity."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 20, 2018

Iracema Flat
ML102 Luxuoso apartamento de 3 suites no Mandara Lanai
ML102 Luxuoso apartamento de 3 suites no Mandara Lanai
3 out of 5
Av. das Ubaranas, 1385, Aquiraz, Ceara

This family-friendly Aquiraz aparthotel is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Praia do Japao, Beach Park Water Park and Porto das Dunas Beach. Prainha ...

ML102 Luxuoso apartamento de 3 suites no Mandara Lanai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Fortaleza

Ponte dos Ingleses
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Ponte dos Ingleses

Enjoy some of the city’s best bars and restaurants beside this traditional English pier. 

Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza
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Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza

Marvel at the intricate design features of the many chapels and stained-glass windows of this city center cathedral, known for its unusual combination of Gothic and Roman architecture. 

Top things to do in Fortaleza

City Tour, Cumbuco Beach & Sand Dunes
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City Tour, Cumbuco Beach & Sand Dunes

CA $18
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Exotic Canoa Quebrada Beach
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Exotic Canoa Quebrada Beach

CA $36
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Morro Branco - Red Cliffs and Colorful Dunes
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Morro Branco - Red Cliffs and Colorful Dunes

CA $34
Per adult
Beach Park Transportation
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Beach Park Transportation

CA $26
Per adult
Full Day City tour Fortaleza and Cumbuco Beach tour
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Full Day City tour Fortaleza and Cumbuco Beach tour

CA $42
Per adult
Tour To Lagoinha Beach
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Tour To Lagoinha Beach

CA $32
Per adult

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