Kitesurfing is best around the mouth of the Rio Jaguaribe, 12km northwest, where there is reliable wind and calm waters; the season runs from July to December. It's reachable only by buggy.

Buggy Rides

Southeast of Canoa a 30km stretch of beautiful uninterrupted beach, backed by colorful cliffs, sweeps round to the red-rock headland of Ponta Grossa. It's a great beach-buggy trip (R$250 to R$350 for three or four hours round-trip, up to four people) and you can stop for a good-value lobster lunch when the seafood is in season (from July to December). It's only possible to complete this trip when the tide is low.

North of Canoa a large area of high dunes stretches 12km to the mouth of the Rio Jaguaribe: a one-hour buggy trip with some exciting steep descents costs around R$200 to R$300 for up to four people. It's also possible to add a boat trip on the river onto this loop. Pousadas (guesthouses) can recommend and organize authorized buggy drivers.