Fortaleza

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Fortaleza showing a beach, outdoor art and central business district

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.

Where to stay in Fortaleza

Hotel Brasil Tropical
Hotel Brasil Tropical
4 out of 5
Av. Abolição, 2323 - Praia do Meireles, Fortaleza, CE, 60165-090
The price is $50 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Fortaleza. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (633 reviews)
"it's a bit old"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Hotel Brasil Tropical
Bourbon Fortaleza Hotel Beira Mar
Bourbon Fortaleza Hotel Beira Mar
3 out of 5
Avenida Beira Mar, 2340, Fortaleza, CE, 60165-121
The price is $80 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Fortaleza. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (442 reviews)
"Very conveniently located. The standard rooms are quite small and it’s very dated. No hot water i the shower."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

Bourbon Fortaleza Hotel Beira Mar
Hotel Praia Centro
Hotel Praia Centro
3 out of 5
Av. Mons Tabosa, 740 - Centro, Fortaleza, CE, 60165-010
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $52 per night from Jun 11 to Jun 12
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Fortaleza. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (309 reviews)
Recepção despreparada - banheiro inundado
"O hotel estava ok, fomos bem recepcionados, mas ao tomar banho o box inundou e o banheiro também. Liguei na recepção e mandaram uma pessoa pra olhar, claro que não solucionou o problema. Aí pedi toalhas para secar e pelo horário nem pensamos em trocar de quarto. No outro dia quando fui fazer o checkout, ..."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

Hotel Praia Centro
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.
Beach Class Fortaleza Praia de Iracema
Beach Class Fortaleza Praia de Iracema
3 out of 5
Rua Barao de Aracati 145, Praia de Iracema, Fortaleza, CE, 60115-080
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Fortaleza. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Iracema Beach and Meireles Beach are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Ótimo para ir em família.
"Apartamento excelente para família. Área de lazer completa e boa localização. Roupa de cama limpas e cheirosas. Mais éramos 5 adultos e 2 crianças. Não tinha lençol para todos. Usamos as colchas da cama sem problemas. No banheiro onde tem a jacuzzi no terceiro dia, saia um cheiro insuportável dos ..."

Reviewed on May 7, 2018

Beach Class Fortaleza Praia de Iracema
Apartment Rental Residential Designed<br>Checkers - Fortaleza Ceará
Apartment Rental Residential Designed<br>Checkers - Fortaleza Ceará
Fortaleza, CE
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Fortaleza. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Iracema Beach and Meireles Beach ...
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Nobile Residences Beach Class Fortaleza
Nobile Residences Beach Class Fortaleza
2.5 out of 5
Rua Barão de Aracati, 145, Fortaleza, CE, 60115-080
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Fortaleza. Enjoy free WiFi, 7 outdoor pools, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (97 reviews)
Excellent choice
"Lovely apartment with partial sea-view, only 50 metres fro beach. 24 hour security guards at entrance. Clean, spacious, luminous, good wifi. Daily housekeeping. On the negative side, the aircon in the main bedroom leaks water inside."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Nobile Residences Beach Class Fortaleza
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.

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