Jericoacoara, on the nothwest coast, became a national park in 2002 and the conditions here, with strong trade winds for around half the year, shallow warm waters and miles of sandy coast, are ideal for these sports. Jeri is also famous for huge sand dunes, offering great scope for sandboarding and buggy rides, and striking rock formations. It’s hard to imagine that until the late 20th century this was still a little known fishing village which only gained electricity in 1998!
The air temperature in Jericoacoara varies little year round, hovering around the 30 C mark. Sea temperature is similarly constant all year. The dry season extends from June to January. There is more cloud cover in the rainy season, though showers tend to be brief. Trade winds prevail from July to December, but outside these months it is still breezy and conditions remain good for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Time: GMT -3 hours
Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.