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Jericoacoara is a peaceful fishing village on a virgin beach hidden behind the dunes of the northwest coast of Ceará State in northern Brazil, just under the equator. Featuring 320 days of sunshine per year, it was elected by the Washington Post as one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Jeri, as it is affectionately called by locals, is a small point of heaven on earth, surrounded by crystal blue freshwater lagoons, calm seas and huge dunes from where it is possible to admire the most beautiful sunset in Brazil. Since 1984, the area around Jericoacoara was declared an Environmental Protection Area (APA) and became a National Park in 2002. This brought many building restrictions and tourism controls that help to preserve it: There are no paved roads, only sand; and buildings can have a maximum of 2 floors. Not only is Jeri known as the home of Brazil’s most incredible beaches, but it is an undeveloped, eco-protected haven for lovers of the pure outdoors.

The constant wind between July and November makes Jericoacoara one of the best places in the world for windsurfing, kite-surfing and catamaran-sailing. But days can also be spent lazing around at the beach, sandboarding on the dunes, horse-riding, jogging, cycling and exploring the dunes by buggy or quad.

The distance from bigger cities and the difficult access across rivers by rafts, and over dunes and lakes also help to keep the beach and the village hidden from mass tourism. Only 15 years ago, Jeri was a fishing village, without any contact to modern civilization, where electricity was generated by diesel engines and street illumination came from the moon and the stars. After the Washington Post election was published, tourism grew rapidly and the beach village became one of the most charming secret destinations of the Brazilian coast welcoming celebrities from movies, TV and sports in search of privacy. Electricity arrived at the village in 1997 and today, hot showers and air conditioning are no longer considered a luxury. However, since illumination of the streets is forbidden by local law, the moon and the stars still illuminate the sandy streets and its cheerful and friendly inhabitants.

Unpaved streets covered by the sand that comes from the dunes in front of the sea lead down to the long and wide sand beaches hemmed by coconut trees. Choose the luxury of walking all holiday long barefoot in the sand of Jeri or along the calm cristalline blue lagoons created by rain water. There are mangrove rivers close by that are home to seahorses and manatees. Native fishermen fix their nets on the beach while waiting for the next tide to take them out to sea. Jericoacoara is the home of countless excellent small restaurants, bars and café shops that play soft samba music and light candles and bonfires at the beachfront for the fiesta under the stars every evening, while dozens of mobile stalls are being pulled set up on the beach and serve fruit shakes and an endless variation of tropical fruit caipirinhas.

Sunsets are spectacular with visitors making their pilgrimage to a massive coastal dune to watch the sunset each evening. Unique to Brazil, at this spot the sun rises from the sea and sets in the sea.

After the sun goes down, be mesmerized by the capoeristas practicing their rhythmic martial-arts-meets-dance on the beach or learn maculéle or learn to dance forró (lambada) at an outdoor bar or club, building a perfect scenario for lovers. Nightlife in Jeri is second to none. For night owls, the parties go on until sunrise.

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