The Coral is located in Northeast Brazil in the state of Ceará, 1 hour 20 minutes northwest from the state capital, Fortaleza, Brazil’s fifth largest city. The area is renowned for its natural beauty and as a popular holiday destination for Brazilians, and one growing with international visitors. There are many activities and tourist destinations to partake in. The largest water park in South America is located just outside Fortaleza and the city itself is home to some impressive shopping malls. The nearest International airport is located at Fortaleza only 1 hour and 20 minutes from the resort.
Fortaleza to The Coral - 1 hour 20 minutes
Idyllic beach destination
The Coral resort is located in Praia de Guajirú, Trairi in the northeast Brazilian state of Ceará. An idyllic beach destination on the Atlantic coast about an hour and twenty minutes from Fortaleza. It has been a popular holiday destination with wealthy families from Fortaleza for decades. Recent road improvements is seeing Guajirú increasingly discovered by Brazilians from other regions of the country as well as international visitors.
Guajirú is reminiscent of Naples in Florida, Cannes in France or Marbella in Spain some 30 years ago prior to them becoming internationally renowned, high-end tourist destinations. Accustomed to providing local luxury tourism the area offers a pleasant selection of very good restaurants, boutique shops and some lively bars. There is a cosmopolitan feel to the town where you will often hear English, German, French and Polish interspersed with the Brazilian Portuguese conversations.
Lush tropical paradise
Praia de Guajirú offers great beaches - and is best known for its 6km of untouched sandy beaches and coral reef offshore that provides clam waters for families, superb weather, lush natural surroundings and a peaceful ambience. Guajirú is located just 800 meters from Trairi and is characterised by white sand dunes and stunning beaches surrounded by coconut plantations.
Trairi is famed for its stunning beaches, its glorious year-round weather of temperatures between 24ºC and 32ºC, and is renowned for its near perfect conditions for water sports. The Atlantic winds make the region a favourite with surfers, kite surfers and wind surfers from around the world. Conditions are good year-round, although they reach their best in December and January.
One of Ceara’s top tourist destinations, Trairi is nationally famous as an area of natural beauty where large sand dunes, wide palm tree plantations along the Atlantic coastline and stunning interior landscapes characterise its panorama.
Many wealthy homeowners have second homes in the area which has given beach resorts around Trairi an air of exclusivity. The area has the reputation as a holiday retreat to escape to from the stress of city life. A small number of luxury boutique hotels are established in and around Trairi along with several good restaurants offering local cuisine.
Mundaú is a small village on the coast slightly northeast of Trairi, its name meaning ‘large lake’ in the indigenous language. Mundaú is a quiet seaside resort with a lifestyle that has remained practically unchanged despite the influx of tourism.
Fishing from the jangada boats using traditional artisan methods is the main activity, although the resort does have a small selection of hotels and restaurants, designed in the local ‘rustic’ style with palmleaf roofs and wooden verandas.
The lake – famous for its green-blue colour – sits on the estuary of the River Mundaú where it meets the sea and serves as a small fishing boat harbour. Catamaran trips are available up the River Mundaú to explore the mangroves and local fauna.
The beach itself is made up of long, wide sandy stretches dotted with coconut palms and backed by dunes. During the rainy season, fresh water lagoons fill up in the dunes and form natural swimming pools, one of the area’s main tourist attractions.
Continuing along the coast is Flecheiras, so-called after the arrows used by local indigenous tribes for hunting. Like Mundaú, this is a traditional fishing settlement where tourism has barely made an impression. Development in the area has remained sustainable and low key with small hotels and pousadas. However, Flecheiras beach is one of the main tourist attractions in Ceará and a favourite location with wealthy Brazilians looking for second homes.
Sand skiing, boarding, buggy and quad excursions are popular activities to see the spectacular sand dunes of the area. Magnificent sunsets and sunrises are best admired from the highest dunes.
A divers dream
The beaches between Mundaú and Flecherias stretch for 5km and are known for their calm ocean conditions. The sands are long and wide, and surrounded by coconut palms except for occasional rocky areas where natural pools are formed at low tide offering excellent snorkelling opportunities. The warm Atlantic waters and numerous freshwater lagoons and rivers are an abundant source of fish and seafood. Fishing trips on jangadas or on more modern speedboats are a popular tourist activity.
Pecém the village
Pecém is a small village relatively untouched by tourism, but a favourite with surfers and kite surfers. Surfers enjoy the beach at Pecém as the waves are near perfect for the sport and is suitable for both beginners and professionals. Pecém’s oceanfront beach offers a traditional community where you can eat local cuisine and admire the handicrafts of local artisans.
Leading economic growth
Pecém is becoming one of the most important import/export hubs in Brazil thanks to a huge new port and industrial complex being built there. Expansion of Pecém is currently in its third stage with a total investment of R$1.2 billion. It has become a major focus for economic growth – double-figure GDP increases expected - and job creation – over 130,000 jobs - with several important infrastructure upgrades in and around Pecém. As a result, population growth for Pecém and its surrounding areas is predicted to be high over the coming years.
A cosmopolitan city
Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará, Brazil’s fifth largest city and a bustling metropolis famous for its relaxed, bohemian lifestyle and its friendly, welcoming people. It has long been one of Northeast Brazil’s top tourist destinations with excellent tourism infrastructure. A lively, cosmopolitan city, home to 3.6 million people, Fortaleza is known as “sunshine city” as it enjoys more hours of sunshine a year than anywhere else in Brazil.
The city is set within one of the most beautiful surroundings characterised by sand dunes, blue-green waters of the Atlantic Ocean and 34km of exquisite beaches. Fortaleza’s beaches are renowned for their variety. Praia do Futuro is known for its barracas - simple, kiosk-style restaurants on the beach serving fresh fish and seafood; Iracema is popular for its bars and nightlife; Mucuripe beach is a known fisherman’s launching point; and Beira Mar has a daily market held by traditional craftsmen.
Choices for everyone
The Pinto Martins International Airport in Fortaleza serves as a primary transportation hub for Brazil’s north east. Visitors are able to enjoy a delectable choice of high-end restaurants and bars, a range of hotels and accommodation options, Forró clubs where you can learn the local dance, theatres, nightclubs and excellent shopping. There are numerous craft and artisan markets to explore and one of the best places to shop is the central market, which is set over four floors with over 600 shops.
The city has many conservation parks including the Rio do Cocó ecological park, one of the largest city parks in South America. Fortaleza is also home to South America’s largest water park, Beach Park and it was one of the host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Brazil’s Economic Star
Ceará is Brazil’s eighth largest state by population and situated in the north east. It leads the country economically, holding a strategic location to the US, Europe and South America. Across the board the state performs well regularly exceeding national averages and has particularly positive reading of its property market. Ceará is one of the main tourist destinations in Brazil with tourism playing a large part in its economic strength. Fortaleza International Airport, the main flight hub for Northeast Brazil, has numerous direct flight connections with Europe and the US.
Spectacular landscapes and panoramas delight visitors to Ceará. Out to the west, the flat plains of the Rio Grande do Norte give way to rolling hills then the lush forests of the Serra da Ibiapaba where, according to Rough Guides, is the only place in Brazil that you can stand in jungle and look down on desert. The state's coastline offers some of the most beautiful, untouched beaches in Brazil.
Ceará is also home to the Jericacoara National Park, one of Brazil’s national treasures and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the state. It is a highly protected area covering 82 sqkm of unspoilt sand dunes, lagoons, sandbanks and mangroves.
Top tourist destination
Northeast Brazil is renowned at home and around the world for its exquisite, untouched natural beauty, azure Atlantic waters and white sand beaches. With a perfect year-round 28ºC average temperature it has long been a preferred tourist and second home destination for Brazilians, with the region receiving a large number of the 60 million domestic tourists each and every year.
Untouched natural beauty
Regarded as a natural paradise with several UNESCO Heritage sites, Brazil’s north east offers breathtaking sceneries, idyllic conditions for a variety of beach sports from horse riding to windsurfing and dune buggies, exceptional local cuisine, a culture with deep African roots and beautifully preserved historic cities famous for their colonial architecture.
Vibrant and exceptional
Brazil's diverse culture, vibrant carnivals, friendly people and breathtaking landscapes from tropical rainforests to rolling sand dunes and idyllic beach paradises keep visitors coming to this exceptional country. It has incredible natural diversity and is abundant in natural resources.
The largest country in South America, Brazil is the fifth most populated country in the world with a population that today exceeds 200 million. It is an ethnically diverse country that has borne a rich and varied culture and people. Everything from their music, dance, cuisine, dress and architecture is colourful, varied and derived from strong origins.
Aside from the country’s world-renowned culture and carnival, in recent years Brazil has become internationally recognised for its exceptional economic performance as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In addition, the country has been under the spotlight as it successfully hosted the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup and is looking forward to hosting the 2016 Olympics.