Welcome to Canoa Quebrada
The coast southeast of Fortaleza has many fine beaches, many of them backed by dunes, but it's developed and built-up. It's not until you reach the red-hued windswept wonderland of Canoa Quebrada, 140km from Fortaleza, that the coast starts to regain its natural majesty. Once a tiny village cut off from the world by its huge pink sand dunes and beloved by early hippie travelers, Canoa Quebrada today has become a more family-oriented beach spot, and it's a favorite destination of daily van tours from Fortaleza. But the craggy, eroding sand cliffs and the large dune expanses still lend Canoa that elemental, otherworldly feel for which it's famous. With numerous good pousadas (guesthouses) and restaurants, and varied outdoor activities easily available, it's an enjoyable spot to relax for a few days.